WHAT IS FOSTERING?
A foster home's primary purpose is to immediately place a rescued basset
hound into a normal home situation. Rescued
basset hounds may come to us from a shelter, due to lose of an owner, a divorce
situation, a puppy mill or an abuse situation.
A foster home is the best place for the basset to adjust to the changes
in its life and prepare them for a successful adoption.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FOSTER HOME:
We ask that the foster parent(s) continue to use the basset hound's
original name while it is in foster care. A
foster parent is responsible for the basset hounds basic needs such as food,
water and shelter. A fenced yard or
fenced area large enough to allow the basset plenty of room to run and play
safely, is necessary. Basic health
care such as routine vaccinations, spay/neuter, and other necessary medical care
is paid for by WMBRI. If the basset
hound requires veterinary care or follow-up care, the Foster Care Director will
discuss this with you.
The basset hound should have it's identifying tags on at all times.
We suggest using a harness (if available) when walking your foster
basset. Be sure any harness or
collar is secure and the basset hound is unable to slip out.
However, pay careful attention not to keep the collar too tight for a
comfortable fit. NEVER use a choke chain on your foster
basset hound. Dogs have died by
hanging themselves when a choke chain has been caught on a fence, nail, or some
SUGGESTIONS FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION FOR YOUR NEW
A basset hound's security depends upon the people and places he or she is
familiar with. Having lost both of
these, the basset may be frightened and insecure. It may appear timid or slightly aggressive and even
hyperactive. The way you introduce
your foster basset hound to your present dog is very important.
The effort it takes on your part NOW, most likely will make the
difference between success and failure. Please
keep in mind that all dogs are territorial.
Your dog considers YOU, your yard and home as IT'S OWN.
For this reason it is best to have your foster basset and your dog meet
in neutral territory, such as a nearby park, across the street or down the
street from your home. If possible
both parties and the dogs should take a short walk together, allowing the dogs
to become acquainted. If the walk
is going well, allow the dogs to get acquainted - by their usual sniffing of
each other, then take them together to your yard.
Your dog now has a house guest instead of an intruder.
FINDING THE PERFECT FOREVER HOME
The foster home, foster parent(s) and family allow WMBRI to better evaluate
the rescued basset hound. Since we
do not always know the basset's background, we may not know if the basset is
housetrained, likes children, other dogs and cats. Most likely your new foster basset may be frightened and
insecure. A foster family or foster
parent helps us to get to know the traits and qualities of the rescued basset,
and this increases the placement into a perfect forever home dramatically.
Keep in mind, fostering is not always an easy task, in fact, it can be
quite trying at times. The foster parent's patience and understanding is the key
to WMBRI's success.
Please remember to stay calm, and most of all, be fair to your foster basset
hound and your family pets. Try to
be as calm and relaxed as possible, and do not smother the new arrival in your
home. Remember, you have TWO hands - one for your family pet and one for your new foster. It's normal for a child or children to be very
excited, when there is a new animal in the household - so make sure they do not
neglect their faithful companions when your foster basset arrives.
For a foster home application please email us as firstname.lastname@example.org
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