One of the most important needs for the continued success of our efforts to save Siberian Huskies is new foster volunteers and foster homes.
Fostering a Siberian Husky brings with it some very unique circumstances. We can almost guarantee that in all but the rarest of cases fostering a Siberian Husky will bring you a surprising amount of joy and contentment. Their exuberance, loyalty, affection and penchant for high glee are contagious. They add a sense of purpose that enhances all the other aspects of your life.
It is these very traits that cause a shortage of foster homes because, more often than not, the foster decides to make the arrangement permanent by adopting their foster dog.
While this is a good thing, you can see how it creates a shortage of foster homes.
Our experience has shown us that very often people who have adopted one of our dogs make perfect foster homes. They have the familiarity and practical knowledge to take in a foster with a minimum learning curve.
Fostering also has the advantage of having all the foster dog related expenses covered by SHRF.
We have five general types of fostering situations:
TEMPORARY - approximately 1 to 3 days, these foster homes would be needed in cases where there is a timing issue associated with transport or for a scheduled adoption.
SHORT TERM - approximately 1 to 2 weeks; these foster homes would be needed in cases of vacations by other foster homes, or possibly some temporary timing issues.
SURGICAL / MEDICAL TREATMENT- approximately 2 to 6 weeks (may be longer depending upon the surgery or treatment regimen). These foster homes would be needed in those cases of surgical/medical recoveries, e.g. recovering from spay/neuter, heartworm treatment etc. Please note that if you have other pets you may need to have the facilities to keep the foster dog separate during the recovery time.
BEHAVIORAL - approximately 1 to 4 months (time may vary depending on the severity of the case). These foster homes would be needed in those cases where behavior modification is needed in order to make the dog adoptable. The organization has a behavioral trainer to evaluate the dog and work closely with these foster homes. Please note that if you have other pets, you may need to have the facilities to keep the foster dog separate during the training time. SHRF will work to make the dogs in our care adoptable, but it is understood that there are some cases in which we are unable to help. In such cases, SHRF’s policy will be consulted.
CONTINUAL - these foster homes are willing to foster a dog until such time as the dog is adopted. The time may vary anywhere from 1 day to 6 months. The foster home will then have the opportunity to foster another dog once the original dog has been adopted.
If you can find room in your heart and your home to try fostering, and no doubt thereby saving, a wonderful Siberian Husky please fill out and submit a Foster Application form, available in the blue frame on the left hand side of all our web site pages.