Foster homes are a vitally important in the quest to find the right homes for our dogs. We would like all of the boxers in our care to be with foster homes as they give us a better idea of the personality of a dog in a real home environment.
Fostering requires you to look after the dog as if it were your own, for as long as it takes to find a permanent home. This can be days, weeks, a month or more. Foster parents will assess each dog's temperament in order to establish the correct family placement. When fostering you may also need to assist with toilet training or lead work and general manners in order to help them find that new forever home.
We work as a team with our foster carers, providing support and advice. We will always be there if you encounter any problems. Good communication is the key to doing the right thing for the dog and the foster family. Knowing the complete story of a dog's behaviour assists tremendously in overcoming issues and also in putting together a description of a dog to ensure we encourage interest from suitable adopters.
Before any dog leaves for their new home they must be neutered and microchipped and in good health. If you live nearby we will expect you to use our vet for any treatment needed and this way the costs will be billed directly to the rescue. If location makes this impossible and you need to use your own vet, then we will ensure the cost for all pre-agreed treatment is reimbursed by the rescue.
Taking in a rescue dog is not an easy job, but if you are a boxer lover you will find it very rewarding to know that you have helped by offering a safe, comfortable haven during a traumatic time for any dog. Adoption allows you to help only one or two dogs but fostering will allow you to help many more. Each dog will be different from the last. Some will fit into your life easily and others may require patience and gentle handling to gain trust. For the first few days you will need to be around all the time to reassure the dog.
There are three basic rules to settling a dog in swiftly: regular exercise, regular routine and some basic house rules - all accompanied by loving human companionship.
All prospective adopters need to undergo a home check. This helps us to understand the environment the dog will be introduced to and also allows us to assess the type of dog which will best suit the family. We are always in need of home checkers for all areas of the UK.
Homecheckers should be:
Confident and approachable
Familiar with the rescue's adoption policies
Aware of what to look out for when homechecking
A good judge of character
A non-judgemental, honest and open individual
Able to travel to applicants' homes
Able to keep accurate records of visits
We can offer:
Full training and support
One to one mentoring
We take dogs from all kind of situations. Some dogs come to us when they are found as a stray and taken to the council run pound where they are allowed to stay for only 7 days. When a boxer reaches its 'time' we are often asked if we can take it and we always will.
Other dogs are offered to us by their owners who are no longer able to take care of them. Occasionally the owners are not equipped to bring the dog to us so we will arrange for the dog to be collected.
Some dogs already in our care need to be transported for veterinary care, into foster homes or occasionally into their new adoptive homes.
To assist us in transporting boxers you need to have:
A reliable vehicle suitable for the carriage of a large breed dog
A love of dogs and the ability to handle a boxer
The time and will to assist an animal in need