Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Why It's Important to Do Your Homework

I thought about ignoring this entirely because I'm really embarassed by it, but I thought it would be good info for everyone.  The attached photos are just thrown in for your viewing pleasure!

Sam and I have been contemplating getting into the world of fostering.  We both work full-time and while that's not a show-stopper, adds a bit of complexity into the matter.  But we think it's a great way to help out and could be a really good experience for our resident dogs.

So when an opportunity came for a short-term foster, we were excited about the opportunity.  The foster dog already had a home lined up, so we didn't have to worry about having a dog indefinitely (which we totally understand is a major aspect of fostering), and we would only hold her for a couple of weeks.

The other major roadblock we have is Ed.  While he's making progress, we have no idea how difficult he will make our lives he will do with a new dog.  Tess also gets stressed out with lots of change.  It's manageable, but also something we need to take into consideration.  The way we figured is the first couple weeks should be the hardest, so having a dog only for those hard weeks would give us a good idea if we (the humans and dogs)were up to the task.  If not, we know for the future and can continue to work on it.

I had been following the rescue through which we were planning on fostering for a few years.  They are located about 2 hours away, so I had never had the opportunity to make it to an adoption event, fundraiser, etc., but had read good things on their website and facebook page.

The day we were to get our new foster, Sam did a quick google search to find the foster's page we had been looking at.  He clicked on what he thought was her page and found a website of grievances and allegations against this rescue.  We were floored!

We discussed what to do.  We had already given our word, but did we really want to be involved in something that, even if it wasn't true, had this much bad press?

The answer was no.  As much as we wanted to help out this dog and test out fostering, we did not want to be involved with this rescue.  I was upset; I felt stupid; and I felt like I had let the dog down.  But we're so thankful that we didn't get wrapped up in a bad deal and..  Additionally, I am learning from my mistakes and we are starting to compile some "checks" for any future rescue we might volunteer for.

Do you have any advice in checking out a new rescue?  What did/do you look for?

***This is in no way to say that the allegations put against this rescue are true.  I have done no personal research into the matter.***


  1. The best part about dog people is that they are passionate, though sometimes they can be too passionate. Without going into too much detail, we have had some friends that have had some bad experiences. Which is too bad because it puts fostering and rescuing in a negative light. It needs to be a positive experience for both the resident dog and foster. We've learned to ask what will happen if the dogs don't work out together and make sure they have a back-up plan. It also helps to understand what your local resources are and if there is a vet, boarding facitility, etc near you in case something happens. Good luck!

    1. We haven't been deterred by this - luckily we didn't actually have the bad experience - but we have learned to be a little smarter. Thanks for the advice! We'll definitely be adding it to our list!

  2. Hannah~ Funny this just happened to you. Rachel, my trainer, and I, were just discussing a Seminar possibility. "All about Fostering" This is a perspective we probly would have not looked at. Now I will add it to the subject line. Maybe you could speak on this subject? Kimberly (Mud Puppies)

  3. Our fostering choice was easy-- we went with the rescue we adopted Braylon from. :)

    From what I can tell most rescues will occasionally have policies you don't agree with but overall I'm very pleased with who we work with.

    There was a period of time when we were fostering and away from home way more than I'd like to admit but our pups and the foster remained happy (just a little more hyper,) and I knew she'd be in a way worse situation if not for our commitment so it definitely worked out for the better.

    Good luck on the search! I highly encourage you. There will be moments but your pups will benefit in immeasurable ways!

  4. I think the most important part about the relationship between rescue group and foster family is support. You will need their support and guidance. You may have that foster dog for one week or one year. There are going to be days you think it won't work and a good rescue group will help you succeed because that means success for the dog. Def look into their policies and def go to events and talk to other volunteers. And for the record, I always believe in my gut feeling!

    1. Good advice! We went with our gut on this one, and I'm glad we did - we did a bit more research after saying no and it wasn't good. Since this, we definitely will make an effort to go some a few events before signing up with a rescue. Thanks!