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 Post subject: What to consider before fostering
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:15 pm 
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A friend of a friend is looking for a short term foster for her dog - from what I gather she is moving in with family temporarily between living in an apartment and buying a house. I work from home and have a fenced in yard in a quiet neighborhood - so I think we have the potential to be a good short term home for this dog (assuming he gets along with Cammie).

Before agreeing to this, I want to make sure I've taken as much into consideration as possible, we would have the dogs meet ahead of time in a neutral location to make sure they get along, and the owner has said she'll be covering all his expenses.

What else would you need to know or want to have agreed to before you jumped into this type of situation? I know it will be hard enough for this dog to be away from his person and wouldn't want to add stress if it wasn't working out.

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 Post subject: Re: What to consider before fostering
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:44 am 
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One thing I'd consider is how do you plan to take care of medical issues? emergency care? And what happens if this friend of a friend never wants their dog back?

One thing that might help you is to see if you can find an online personality profile for dogs and have the person fill it out so that you know some quirks of the dog.

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 Post subject: Re: What to consider before fostering
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:48 am 
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These are good, thanks! A personality profile is a good idea.

From what I gather, she's moving out of her place in a few weeks so we can also try to do a few visits at my house or even doggy day care to see how things will go.

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 Post subject: Re: What to consider before fostering
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:12 am 
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Get it all in writing. Even though you are helping out a friend, put every single stipulation on paper. I've known a lot of people who have been burned by these situations, no matter which side of it they were on. If there is time, do a few day time visits and a couple of over nights to get a better idea of the chemistry between the dogs.

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