if I don't think I have enough room for a foster
might be surprised by how quickly they work themselves
into the family situation and your hearts: all they
really need is a small space to recuperate until
they are ready for their forever homes, and they
are touchingly grateful.
if I really like my foster and want to adopt her?"
does happen. Sometimes the "perfect pet"
comes along, and everyone in the family just seems
to agree that theirs is the "perfect home."
Fortunately, qualifying as a Foster Home usually
qualifies you as an Adopter as well. BlueMoon is
concerned to place our pets with their needs and
preferences as important as the adopters'. Sometimes
the pet tells us which home is right; and we respect
that. Should this happen, and we all agree, then
the foster home will pay the adoption fee, complete
the Final Adoption Agreement, and assume ownership
of the dog. Please think about this carefully, though,
as often adoption means the family feels it no longer
has foster space available, and we desperately need
I change my pet's name?
homes, of course, are free to change their pets'
names, but foster homes must not do so as the name
is the one we use for all our medical records, web
site, and program statistics. In addition, the majority
of these pets are orphans with a great
deal of history and fond memories of their name.
Our Orphans are already under a lot of stress from
losing their beloved owner, s and changing their
name only adds to that stress.
I as a foster family, accept a pet into the program?
BlueMoon Admission Coordinator is the only person
who can accept a pet into the program. However as
part of the BlueMoon family you can direct all eligible
pets directly to Admissions attention.
if a close friend or family members wants to adopt
you have a family member or friend interested in
adoption, or you meet a potential adopter, by all
means, encourage him or her to apply and provide
him or her with the phone number and/or web site,
explaining that in addition to completing the adoption
application, the prospective home must arrange for
a home check by one of our volunteers and an in-home
visit with the dog.
caring for my foster, what other duties will I have
will ask your for periodic updates on your foster
for our records and website. Of course if you are
handy with a digital camera, updated pictures for
the website are a PLUS! If you do not own a digital
camera or need help, we can help with that.
homes need to administer prescription medications
and HW preventative (provided by BlueMoon),
crate a dog going through HW treatment, follow all
veterinarian directions, alert BlueMoon officials
of any medical emergencies or if the pet is being
taken out of town or out of state for family visits
homes also need to observe the pet's behavior and
report any concerns, including if the dog seems
to be a runner or actually escapes so we can assist
in recovery. If the latter happens, the foster family
must call us immediately as time is of the essence
in capturing our dog.
homes also needs to inform the Adoption and Website
team of the pets habits, likes and dislikes, quirks,
etc. We take all of these facts into consideration
when screening potential adoptive homes for the
dog. The foster home will be occasionally asked
to help screen a potential home (home visit)
and attend or make their pet accessible to attend
an adoption event.
if I'm afraid my foster pet who is ill might die?"
ease foster homes into the work very gradually and
never give a heartworm patient or other very sick
or injured dog to a home until they feel ready to
take on that responsibility. To be honest, though,
we can tell you that if you foster long enough,
you may very well eventually lose a foster even
with all our efforts to save him or her. Tragically,
most of us who have fostered for a long time have
gone through the pain of loss because, after all,
most rescues are in the program because they have
been neglected, abandoned, and abused: and that
includes previous owners not giving them heartworm
pills or other medical care. The illness is not
the dog's fault, and sometimes the weeks or months
he or she is with us are the only medical care,
peace, and love the rescued dog has ever known.
We have held them in our arms when they crossed
over and wept tears for them. It happens. But in
every case, if we hadn't intervened, the dogs would
have had a far worse experience, dying on a cold
steel table at the end of a needle in an overworked
shelter putting down dozens of animals every day,
or alone, frightened, and sick on the streets. The
dogs we do lose in our program knew we loved them
and did the best we could for them; and we are humbled
by their sweetness and understanding even as they
cross over. It is, in fact, a very humbling experience,
and we're never sorry we tried to help these dogs.
However, it's also important to remember that through
loving foster care and the best medical care we
save over 90% of even the sickest dogs. Most of
your fosters are not only going to make it, but
are going to thrive, become unbelievably gorgeous,
go on to a wonderful new life, and make you very
I be involved in the pet's adoption process?
Foster family know their pet the best and what's
best for them. We always permit our fosters to veto
an adoption for valid reasons. You do need to clearly
state why the family is not right for your foster
to our Adoption Coordinator. BlueMoon has a very
involved adoption process which includes intense
screening of all applications; but we are also like
a match making service. We strive to make all our
"matches" into life-long forever marriages,
to do that it requires "chemistry" or
"that "special connection" that can
not be seen on paper. We go through great lengths
to place each orphan with the "right connection"
or family. We find if something just does not feel
right for the foster family, the match might not
be the right one.
I know about my foster's history?
your foster dog arrives, BlueMoon Admission and/or
Foster coordinator will tell you everything they
know about the orphan and his/her history. All of
our pets are orphans and most of the time we know
a great deal about their past lives. The pet will
be vaccinated, wormed and altered( if needed)
; any health problems or behavior issues will be
type of support does a foster family receive?"
foster coordinator will keep in touch with the foster
homes through E-mail and by phone. If you have a
problem or a question, call the Foster Coordinator,
a Board member or Trustees. We also have a lead
behaviorist/trainer for each type of pet. If the
dog bites someone (actually breaks the skin),
you must call BlueMoon Coordinators immediately.
Though some biting can be corrected, no dog will
be allowed to remain in the program if he has become
aggressive. If the dog escapes the fence, fights
with other dogs, won't leave your cat alone, or
has other behavior problems, we need to know this
and will probably move the dog to another home,
giving you a new foster.