OUR foster PROGRAM
FOSTER A DOg, SAVE A LIFE
As a foster-based organization with no physical facility, foster parents are essential to the success of our program. And when you open your home to a foster, you're not only saving a life - you're also giving a dog in need, a second chance. Fostering might be one of the most rewarding things that you do, and we work really hard to make sure that our foster families have a positive experience.
When a new dog comes into our program, they immediately go into foster care for a minimum of thirty days before they are available for adoption. During this time, foster parents will observe and provide feedback on behaviour, personality, likes, dislikes, and anything else a potential adopter may need to consider. Our Foster Coordinator works closely with each of our foster families to provide round-the-clock support, including weekly check-ins, to ensure that everything is going smoothly.
Our primary goal is to ensure that we set our dogs up for success in every situation, which is why we have a few simple rules that we ask our fosters to abide by. Our foster dogs must always be kept on a leash and are not allowed to go to dog parks or to off-leash areas. When a dog comes into our program, we don't always have the luxury of knowing their history, so we are firm believers in erring on the side of caution and "better safe than sorry". Since bully breeds tend to be selective towards other dogs, we ask that you check in with our Foster Coordinator before you introduce your foster dog to other dogs or animals.
There is absolutely no cost to becoming a foster - HugABull covers all expenses including but not limited to food, supplies, veterinary care, and training for the dog in your care. All that we ask is that you follow our guidelines and partner with us to help the dog become as adoptable as possible and an ambassador for the breed.
What happens after I fill out a Foster Application?
You can expect to receive an email from our Foster Coordinator, who will provide you with the next steps in our foster process. In order to foster for HugABull, we require you to complete a phone interview and complete a home check. During the phone interview, our Foster Coordinator will go over our foster program in detail, learn more about you and your home, and answer any questions that you may have. It's important to note that since we tend to run a smaller program, we are not always in need of fosters, so please try not to be discouraged if it takes some time before you are asked to foster a dog. Thank you to all that apply, we are extremely grateful for the support.
become a compassion foster
Sometimes we take a dog out of the shelter only to learn that a medical issue is more serious than we anticipated. Other times, we knowingly take dogs into our program that are terminal so that they can live out the rest of their days in the comfort of a home, where we can ensure that they receive the best care possible. Our Compassion Care program is a really special initiative that we are incredibly proud to offer but we couldn't do it without very special foster families.
Our Compassion Care fosters provide a home, routine, bed, walks, and all the other little things that add up to a great quality of life in a dog's final days. HugABull covers all costs of care including food, supplies, and veterinary care in addition to around the clock support.
Compassion Care Fosters are our modern-day heroes. We know that it's a lot to ask of a foster - to take in a dog and love them, knowing that they only have a matter of weeks, months or years left. But we can guarantee that it is probably one of the most rewarding and selfless things you will ever do.
If you are interested in becoming a Compassion Care foster, please fill out a foster application and specify that you are interested in this program.