We are always looking for good foster homes. Fostering is not as difficult or heart wrenching as you may think! The end result is fantastic and you will play a major part in finding a forever home for one of our animals that would otherwise been euthanized. All you need to do is care for a deserving animal in your home and help him or her find their way to their forever homes. We cover all medical expenses, you provide the love.
Because we do not have a facility like most shelters, we rely on foster homes to house all of our animals. Sometimes we rely on boarding facilities, but it can get extremely expensive that way.
We have established a small network of foster families that provide a wonderful service to the animals. Please consider joining our team by offering your home as a temporary safe haven for an animal that is in desperate need of help!
If you want to participate in our foster program, first you must complete a foster application. Our Foster Coordinator will review the application and then call/email for an interview, and we may also perform a home visit. Foster homes are asked to provide the animal with love and care, make sure veterinary care is supplied by one of our approved vets (We cover all approved vetting for our animals), and bring the animal to our adoption events.
Once your foster application has been approved, you will be contacted periodically and asked to foster a pet in need. Your choice! Your decision! Sometimes you'll have the pet a week or two. Other times it may be a few months. Once your foster pet has been adopted, you can either move right on to the next one, or take a break in between!
Without having Foster Homes, we cannot save animals in need. Please help us help them!
Foster Application: (Word.doc)
Once you have filled out our foster application you can either email or fax it to the places below!
We have some great volunteer Opportunities! You can't adopt or foster, spending a few hours a week will help us and our animals greatly!! Please take a look at the different volunteer jobs we have!!
- Find locations to have fundraisers.
- Come up with new and exciting fundraisers
- Help put fundraisers together
- Coordinate volunteers for the fundraiser (will get phone sheet for all volunteers)
- Help coordinate which dogs needs foster and help set up foster homes
- Help keep track of which fosters needs rides to the events and which have rides.
- Keep track of puppies who haven’t been spayed/neutered (even after adoption)
- Contact adopters to get copies of vet paper work that states dog has been fixed.
- Let us know when they are old enough (ones for adoption)
- Post for rides to our spay/neuter clinic
- Call local vets to see if they can work with rescues at a discounted price.
- Call pharmaceutical companies to see if we can get free or discounted non-prescription medication.
- Call quality dog food companies / pet stores to see if they can donate food
- Find trainers willing to donate sessions for the rescue dogs.
Adoption Completion Coordinator:
- Follow up with adopters after 1 month after the adoption (phone call)
OTHER VOLUNTEER JOBS:
Writing Profiles for the dogs. This is for someone creative. Many times the picture and the profile of the dog helps them find a home. You would be sent a few characteristics of the dog and you would do a write up to help them find a home. For example the foster says the dog is affectionate. You could say, “My foster mom says im very cuddly, I love to give kisses and constantly show you how much love I have to give. “
Calling References. We ask on the adoption applications for 2 personal references and a vet reference. The answers we receive help us get a feel for the new home. There is a list of questions for each personal reference and the vet reference. Once the calls are made… and everything looks good we then set up a home visit.
Home visits. The majority of home visits we do are local. Sometime we have many home visits to schedule and not enough time in the day. We would schedule a home visit and you would show up and kind of ‘inspect’ the house. There is a form you fill out and takes about 10 minutes. The main question for the home visit is “would you leave your own dog there?” This is the final step in the adoption process and helps to determine if it’s a good fit of not for the dog.
Planning fund raising events. We really need help in this area. We need help setting up and organizing many different types of events. Very care is very costly and the adoption fees only cover a portion of what we put out for each dog. We were thinking of car wash, bake sales, dinners, garage sales, putting cans at stores, etc.
Helping us get ‘out there’. We are always trying to spread the animal rescue message. We love to go to school and give speeches and put articles in the paper. We are always trying to make a presence and have everyone remember to adopt instead of buying a dog. We need help calling around to get exposure. Whether it is the paper, fliers, anything.
Helping pick up supplies. We get calls from different people who meet us and would like to donate supplies that they have purchased for us. They are always local and normally are willing to meet you to give them to the rescue,
Helping bring the dogs to the vet. We currently use 4 different vets. When we rescue dogs we make every effort to make sure they are vetted prior to coming but sometimes they need updated shots or to be spayed/neutered. We currently use Animal hospital of Sussex county, Animal General, Fredon Vet, and Hillside Animal Clinic. If you have some extra time to spare one day we can make a dogs appointment to fit our schedule and it will help a lot!
Grooming dogs. We rescue many dogs that need their hair and nails trimmed. We are looking for someone to help us with dog grooming needs. Some of the dogs have tangled hair that is uncomfortable for them… and really need it cut!
Transporting our Babies. We use Volunteer Transport to get our animals from the kill shelters to their fosters. These volunteer legs (usually about 1 hour each way) are the difference between life and death for most animals. The south is extremely over populated with dogs, its so bad that shelters are euthanizing animals every other day. A lot of times transport is the key reason why some 'safe' dogs don't make it out alive. Will you help transport to save these babies? A few hours out of a day?
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out our volunteer form!
Volunteer Form: (Word.doc)
Fax Number: 973-383-4977