Foster Guidelines

Veterinary Care: BARC wants to make sure that your foster baby stays in tip top shape or in some cases, comes back to health. With your help, your foster coordinator will keep the dog up to date on vaccinations, heartworm preventative, and flea and tick prevention. When you receive your foster dog, you will be provided with heartworm preventative and flea and tick prevention. If while in your care, your foster dog becomes ill, is injured, or “just doesn’t seem to be acting right”, please call your foster coordinator. Your coordinator will help with suggestions, tried and true homemade treatments, or will instruct you to seek a veterinarian’s care. While in veterinarian’s care, BARC will pay for microchipping, vaccinations (including rabies, bordetella, and distemper combination shot), fecal float, deworming, parasite removal, ear treatment for mites or infection, or any other treatment deemed necessary to bring your foster back to its optimum health. We can’t stress enough that all medical intervention needs to be authorized by your foster coordinator.

Introduction of Your Foster Dog into your Home: Always use caution when introducing two animals. The new animal should be slowly introduced, kenneled, and/or separated from your pets. Introduction of dogs can be handled on neutral territory such as a park or neighbor’s yard. When you must leave, make sure the foster is in a secure area.

Housetraining and Confinement: Some of our BARC babies have lived in cages their entire life. Some have had large pens with no shelter. It absolutely depends on your foster on whether to attempt crate training. The introduction of a crate will tell you whether it will be too stressful for your foster to attempt crating. If crate training is not an option, try confining the dog in a kitchen or tiled room that has quick access to the outdoors.

Training: Always take into consideration that this animal needs to fit in to another home. Work with them on the basic commands, such as sitting, walking, etc. (if you need assistance on training these commands, please ask!!). We absolutely do not believe in aggressive training so if you have behavioral problems that you don’t know how to handle, please call your foster coordinator. We want the dog to have fun and feel safe.

Adoption and Saying Goodbye: This may the hardest part of fostering. You are an ambassador of BARC. You are encouraged to show, walk or do anything to help place your foster. All adoptions and fees must be handled and approved through our president and adoption coordinator, Amy Kessler. If you happen to find a wonderful home for your foster, call your foster coordinator and she will have Amy Kessler get in touch with that person.

Record Keeping: You have been supplied some records you must keep accurate and current. Also, please include an evaluation of your animal. Please list things that will be helpful to the dog’s new family. Those include feeding schedule and food, medicine, personality traits (likes to play, shy, loves balls, gets along with other dogs, etc.) and any other traits that they will need to be aware of.

Your Foster Coordinator: Barb Sherman
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Cell/Work Phone: (815) 383-2087
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