Resources for Foster Parents
We make fostering so easy!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for choosing to foster with us! It is because of people like you that we’re able to save dogs from being put down or abandoned.
We try to make fostering as easy as possible for by providing them guidance, information, and resources to help their foster dogs thrive.
Below is some information covering the most common questions that we receive from fosters. If you are curious about somethingthat’s not covered below, please reach out to us—we’ll be happy to answer your questions!
Diamond Dogs will provide you with everything you need to foster, such as:
- A collar and leash
- Dog food, if you need it
- Heartworm medication
- Flea and Tick preventatives
- Paid veterinary costs with our partner vets (please contact us prior to scheduling an appointment.)
Foster responsibilities include:
- To care for the foster dog as if he or she was your own.
- To give the foster dog a safe and loving environment to wait for their forever home.
- To treat your foster dog with yummy treats, daily exercise, toys and lots of cuddles.
- Answer questions from potential adopters and set up meet and greets with interested families.
- Act as an advocate for your foster dog, reaching out to us when you think he or she needs something, has any medical or behavioral issues, etc.
- Take photos and keep their bio updated by providing details about their behavior, preferences, training, etc.
- While we don’t require that fosters train their dogs, light training is appreciated. As fosters, our goal is to make our foster dog as adoptable as possible. Many adopters looking for non-puppy dogs will be more interested in dogs that have already started basic training, such as potty and crate training. Teaching your foster tricks such as sit, down, shake, stay, and good leash manners is likely to increase his or her chances to get adopted faster.
- Participate in events to promote your dog to the best of your abilities.
Introducing your foster dog to your resident dog
- Let your foster dog decompress after arriving at your house. They will need some time to get used to their surroundings prior to introductions.
- Always keep introductions positive. Don’t force them if they’re not ready or interested.
- Introduce them in a neutral area (like on a walk). Let them smell each other and interact in a controlled environment. Have both of them on a leash.
- Don’t get discouraged if they don’t love each other right away. It takes time to build trust and friendship.
- Until you are certain that they are comfortable around each other, always supervise their play and interactions.
- Separate the dogs at dinner time. Some dogs may have had to scrounge for their food as strays or in overcrowded shelters. We don’t want to put them in a situation where they feel like they need to protect their food.
- Crate feeding is a great way for your dog to associate the crate with positive and relaxing experiences.
Training your foster to enjoy crate time
- Never use the crate as a form of punishment.
- Crates are meant to be a safe place for your dog to relax.
- By feeding them their meals or providing treats and toys while they’re in their crate, you will be able to create a positive experience and start on the right foot.
Diarrhea & upset stomachs—should you worry?
Your furry new friend has been on quite a journey. Sometimes their nerves – from traveling and being in a new environment – get the best of them. A couple teaspoons of plain yogurt (with live and active cultures) or canned pureed pumpkin (not raw, not the sugary, spicy pie filling) should relieve their tummy troubles. A bland diet the first couple days, like boiled white rice and chicken, will help soothe their digestive system as well.
My foster dog is coughing
As most of our dogs come from the south, their cough can be from the change of climate or because they just received their kennel cough vaccination. A teaspoon of raw honey once a day will help soothe their throat and their cough should disappear within a few days. If it doesn’t go away or if you notice that it sounds abnormal, please let us know.
My foster dog has WORMS! What do I do?
Don’t freak out. This is extremely common, especially in young puppies. If you notice worms in foster pup’s poo, it’s most likely from a recent de-wormer medication. This is not an emergency. However, you’ll want to make sure to wash any blankets or bedding that the dog may have been on.
Just shoot us an email and we will provide you with another dose of de-wormer to rid their system completely. If you notice that your foster has other symptoms along with the worms—such as diarrhea, lethargy, vomit— make sure to mention that too.
I really think it’s time to go to the vet—what should I do?
Veterinary appointments and treatment need to be approved by a board member. Please contact us prior to taking your foster dog to the vet. We are able to receive discounts at specific veterinary clinics, and we can help you decide where to go and what to do in these situations.
Struck by Cupid?
Some potential adopters are cropping up and the thought of giving up your foster dog is unbearable. You can’t imagine this dog being a part of any other family that isn’t yours, so you decide to take the plunge and adopt your foster—congratulations! We’re thrilled!
But please be mindful of our potential adoptive families, and let us know as soon as you make your decision. From there, all you need to do is fill out the adoption agreement and submit your adoption fee. We accept PayPal and checks. Please mail your payment to:
Diamond Dogs Rescue
P.O. Box 1
Bloomingon, WI, 53804