Now more than ever the greyhounds need YOU!
Why place Greyhounds in foster homes?
*Please note that we are only able to place greyhounds in foster homes that are within quick and easy driving distance to any of our 3 Veterinarians (Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch) 35 mile maximum from SRQ. We encourage you to locate Greyhound Adoption groups near your home for fostering. We also do NOT do foster to adopt situations.
Want to be a Greyhound Super-Star?
Every greyhound we place in a foster home creates an open kennel space for another greyhound here at the Adoption Center! We are always in need of responsible and dedicated foster caregivers to help our greyhounds adjust to home-life. Fostering greyhounds is one of the most important and rewarding things that you can do.
How long is the fostering period?
Each individual dog would stay in a foster home until someone wants to adopt them. This can be as little as a few weeks to a period of months. Every family that fosters an RDRP Greyhound has the first right of refusal to adopt the dog should they wish. Letting the first foster go is the most difficult decision but the reward from watching other dogs go to homes is more rewarding than one can imagine!
Fostering is a lesson in unselfish love and will give back to you and your family many times over.
We do ask that you assist by participating in the following:
- Attend as many events, Meet & Greets, etc., as possible for maximum exposure
- Bring your foster to our Open House
- Make your grey available should someone want to meet them for adoption
- Email or post photo’s, video’s, and your thoughts about the foster’s personality/characteristics and updates on our Facebook Group page.
Full training, preparation and ongoing support will be provided!
We also need available homes for injured hounds and the occasional bounce back. These dogs MUST go to a home environment. We need a few trained people with qualified homes ready and waiting just in case.
RDRP needs short term medical & emergency foster homes at this time.
RDRP received a special grant for the Greyhound Spay and Neuter Project from the Martha Leiter and Nancy Streetman Fund I of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Short term 12-14 day medical fosters are needed now! Help a hound heal after their spay/neuter. Health, safety and well being are what’s important here. Learn more here.
Ready to help the hounds?
Ideally a foster parent/family is someone who has been around dogs for some time and has some dog handling/training skills and a general knowledge of canine behavior. Experience in handling Greyhounds or other sighthounds would be advantageous but not essential. A stable home environment with established routines is important.
A foster home ideally would have a fenced yard and/or a secure pen. The foster family would preferably be someone who has some time that can be spent each day introducing the dog to new and novel experiences and increasing his general confidence. So many things we use daily are new experiences. Mirrors, screen doors, sliding glass doors, pools and children are all new.
The presence of older children and/or other pets in the foster home would be seen as an advantage so long as careful supervision of any interactions can be assured. Many of these dogs will eventually be placed in adoptive homes with children, dogs, cats, birds or other pets. It is therefore important to assess each Greyhound’s response and prey drive potential, so that good matches can be made between dog and adoptive family.
What support does the foster home receive?
All foster homes must be inspected and approved before receiving their first dog. A meeting with all household members (human and otherwise) is necessary to assess everyone’s attitude and to discuss any specific issues.
All dogs are at least wormed, flea/tick treated and bathed prior to arriving at a foster home. Some will have already undergone their full range of treatments, including spay/neuter, teeth cleaning, micro-chipping, vaccination and heartworm testing. An appropriate collar and lead is provided, as well as the dog’s muzzle and a temporary ID tag. During the cooler months, a warm coat is made available. If required, a crate may be loaned to assist a new dog’s transition.
Extensive follow-up and monitoring of the dog in foster care is made, generally by phone. We realize that foster families are generously opening up their homes and hearts to these dogs, and all support/advice necessary will be given promptly. We also appreciate that foster homes may not wish to care for dogs continually. Some may only try it once and decide it’s not for them. Others may want a break between dogs or may have holidays or other commitments planned for the near future. Whatever offers an approved foster home can make will be accepted gratefully.
RDRP will support the foster family in any way possible and offer the family first right of refusal should they decide to adopt the dog.
So, if you think you wouldn’t be suitable for a foster family, think again! Remember, even if you try it once and decide that it’s not for you, then that’s one life that you’ve been directly responsible for saving. Next time you look into the soulful eyes of a greyhound, think about the satisfaction you’d feel if you knew that YOU were the person who made it possible for that dog to move onto their new life.
Please fill out our Foster application and one of our specialists will contact you shortly!