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Interest in Fostering

Thank you for your interest in fostering!

Your generosity will provide young and old, injured and sick, abused and un-socialized dogs a chance to grow or heal before finding their forever homes!  Fosters play an enormous role in our ability to save more lives.  

As our rescue does not have a “shelter” based operation, we rely solely on fosters to give our dogs a safe and loving place before being adopted.

Fostering is a wonderful experience for you, your family and the dog! You can feel good knowing that you helped to save a dog’s life.   If your application is approved, you will be entered into our database for families interested in fostering. The foster home team will use the information you provided to assist us in placing a dog or cat in your home. Someone on the foster home team will contact you when a dog or cat needs a foster home.

APPROVED-TO-FOSTER HOMES MAY INDEED ADOPT THEIR FOSTER DOG OR CAT! Foster families adopting must fill out the appropriate paperwork, including contracts, and pay the adoption fee. Thank you so much for offering to open your home to give a rescued animal a second chance.  

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL FOSTERS:

- Complete the following application.
- Agree to all the above terms and information provided in the Fostering/FWITA FAQs, Rules, and Requirements, noted in next step of form. 
- Approval of Foster/FWITA Application, home visit, and meet and greet by Underdog
- Note: Underdog may remove a foster dog from a foster/adoptive home for any reason they deem necessary.

RULES FOR ALL FOSTERS: 

- All dogs must be walked on a leash at all times, unless in the secure backyard of the foster/adopter’s home or in an enclosed dog park.
- All dogs must be INDOOR dogs and live primarily inside the home with you;  We do not allow any dogs to be kept as “backyard dogs,” even if you have an outdoor dog house/run/kennel.
- Any aggressive behavior must be reported to Underdog immediately.
- Any lost or missing dog must be reported to Underdog WITHIN 1 HOUR of becoming missing.
- Any sick or injured dog must be reported to Underdog immediately.
- All vet visits for foster dogs must be pre-approved to be covered by Underdog.
- Fosters agree to respond to calls or emails from URAZ and/or potential adopters within 24 hours.
- Any foster needing to go out of town/vacation/etc. must notify Underdog immediately. If the dog will be going to a pet-sitter, boarding, or family member or friend during this period, an Underdog foster contract must be signed by these individuals for liability purposes and so that we know the location of the dog.  

Any such person caring for the dog must also agree to the Underdog FAQs, Rules & Requirements.

FOSTERS:  PLEASE READ, AS YOU ARE AGREEING TO THESE TERMS BY APPLYING TO FOSTER:

We ask that before you agree to foster ANY dog for Underdog, you are absolutely certain that you are 100% committed to doing so.  Many of the dogs we intake are from the County shelter, with little to no information on their background. Therefore, often times we have no idea what we are getting.  Fosters need to be aware of this and not expect a "perfect" dog.  If your dog has behavioral issues, we can provide a trainer to make them more adoptable. If it is discovered the dog is not dog/cat friendly, the foster will need to work with the situation to keep the dog separated from others. Many dogs come ill or with medical issues, and the foster needs to be aware they are agreeing to work with whatever those situations may entail as well. In short, by agreeing to foster, it is expected that the foster will work with the issues that a dog may come with until the dog is adopted.  Underdog cannot simply "move" or pick up a foster at the drop of a hat because things are not going well or it's "not a good fit".  It is a true commitment to the dog whatever it may come with, be it good or bad.  

For example, if the dogs turns out:  To not housebroken; To have behavioral issues; Is not good with other dogs; If you have to keep separated from other dogs; If it's not good with cats;  Is not good with kids;  If it has had zero obedience training and/or is 'too high energy';  If it has medical conditions, known, unknown or otherwise unforseen that may arise;  If it is destructive and chews things it shouldn't. (The only caveat to these is if dog is outwardly aggressive and a risk or danger to the public at large. The first thing we do in this case is have the dog evaluated, most importantly for a medical cause.  If it is determined medical is not the reason, then we would weigh an evaluation by a trainer and vote as a Board whether to have the dog euthanized.)

 

Again, there is absolutely no way to simply "find a foster" or move a dog for a foster who changes their mind after getting something other than what they anticipated.  Fosters are required to find suitable alternative placement for the dog if for ANY reason they decide they can no longer foster.  To reiterate, as a foster, you are aware and agree that you are fully committing to the dog regardless, until adopted.  That means you are committing while recognizing there is little we know about the dog prior to rescue. This means committing to what we know about the dog. BUT more importantly, what we don't. We understand that this is asking a lot, but is the only way we can run an efficient, stable and successful rescue.  

 

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P.O. Box 13392 •  Chandler, Az 85248  •  (480) 553-9311 •  info [ at ] underdogaz.com