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The first person that is contacted is our intake coordinator.  The intake coordinator reviews all the paperwork and contacts the owner/shelter etc. to get details and information on the dogs.  We do not take aggressive dogs- but having said that we never have a 100% guarantee that owners are always honest when surrendering their dogs  but we do our very best to ask all the right questions and review all of the information on the dog...when we have a volunteer local to where the dog is located we will try to have the dog evaluated.  Once our intake coordinator gets all of the required paperwork (all dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations and proof of spayed/neutered prior to being placed in a foster situation) I will than be informed the dog is ready for fostering.

We try to get as much information as possible about the dog and their personality (this is not always possible with strays/shelter dogs) and than begin the process of finding the right foster homes.  Sometimes if I read a dogs file I will know right away I have a foster home that will be a good match and contact them directly...other times (or if we are in a hurry) I may send out a mass email to all of our volunteers with pictures of the dog and a description asking anyone who is interested in fostering to please contact me. We than review the potential foster homes and will place the dog with the best match.  Even though we are in desperate need of foster homes we will never pressure someone to commit to fostering a dog they do not feel comfortable with and will try to make a match.  There are a lot of factors that go into placing a foster dog with a family and we really do try our best to make a good match even if it is only a short term foster and if we do not know much about the dog we will make that clear to you.  We will never contact you and just tell you that we are dropping a dog off- we will always give you as much information as we have at the time on the dog and let you make the decision.  We normally are able to obtain at least pictures and vet history.

Last updated on February 9, 2010 by KellyAnn