Fostering a boxer is very much like raising a child in that its at times exhausting, heartbreaking, frustrating and yet joyful, fun, and extremely rewarding. Knowing that you have saved a life is quite a wonderful feeling.
Our foster homes are our most important resource, without them we could not continue!
Things to know
Fostering a dog means taking a dog into your home with unknown training history, background, socialization, house manners, temperament etc. While we do our best to only take in dogs we ultimately feel are safe for placement, it is nearly impossible to determine a dogs temperament in a shelter environment with the time we are allowed.
NCBR does not knowingly take in dogs who are known to be dog aggressive, have a known bite history or have shown any signs of human aggression.
Foster Homes must be patient and allow for some adjustment problems in the beginning. It can be stressful for both you and the dog to be in a new situation.
All dogs will see a licensed veterinarian before entering a foster home.
Foster homes need to have the ability to keep foster dogs separated (crated) from any pets living in the home (only and until its deemed safe to introduce to resident pets).
Foster Homes need to be comitted to fostering from rescue to adoption. The amount of time needed to find a permanent home for a dog can vary from weeks to months.
NCBR does not have a boarding facility, therefore we are only able to take boxers into our program when we have open, willing and committed foster homes.
All foster homes are assigned a foster home mentor, a point of contact available to address problems, concerns and help to ensure a pleasant experience for the foster family and foster dog(s).
Reasons to become a Foster Home
Fostering a dog in need is extremely rewarding. Knowing that you have saved a life is quite a wonderful feeling.
Every boxer you foster IS a life saved!
All vet expense are paid for by NCBR.
All food, bowls, crates are provided by NCBR if requested.
All mileage on your vehicle used while transporting to vet, events, etc is tax deductible.
The feeling of watching your foster dog be adopted by a loving family!
Seeing your time, love and dedication pay off in the face of a happy family and boxer!
Fostering may not be for you if....
You don't feel that you can withstand the emotions of caring for a dog and then having the dog leave when he/she gets adopted.
You have fabulous furniture and don't want dog hair on it. People with pristine houses often find fostering to be a frustrating experience. With Boxers, you can count on a puddle by the water bowl, chunks of food flung from their flews onto your walls, and whatever other messes they can manage. The most successful foster homes are those that have a high tolerance level and don't "sweat the small stuff."
You are torn between fostering and adopting. While many foster homes do end up adopting a dog, it's important to remember that this is not a "try one on for size" situation. In the event that a foster home does adopt a dog, they pay the same fee that any other adopter pays. Fostering is strictly for those who want to help the cause and feel they have the time, space, and heart to do so.