Foster a Pit Bull or “Bully” Breed
Love Pit Bulls/Bully breeds but aren’t sure if it is the right breed for you? Can’t commit the next fourteen plus years of your life to a dog of your own? Are you experienced with these breeds, have the time and ability and heart to help a needy dog? These are just a few of the reasons to consider fostering. When you foster, you are opening your heart and home to a dog that is up for adoption or soon will be. Like most rescue groups, BBR does not have a kennel. Instead, we rely on the generous network of volunteers who take in dogs temporarily during their journey towards a forever home. We are able to help only as many dogs as we can house and must turn away needy dogs regularly because we simply have no where for them to go. Fostering a dog saves a life!
Apply HERE to become a Bama Bully Foster
Why are foster homes needed?
The objectives of a foster program is to increase the adoptability of dogs with no known history by determining the animals’ behavioral traits through observation and training in a home environment. It is also our goal to increase the likelihood of a good match with the dog and a permanent, loving home by knowing more about the dog’s personality, characteristics and behavior. Through a foster program, BBR is also able to save perfectly healthy, happy Pit Bulls and Bully breeds from certain euthanasia. Most shelters will not offer these breeds for adoption to the public but will allow rescue groups to list them in hopes to find a forever home. Some will not be adopted within their time limit and will be euthanized. By pulling them and placing them in loving foster homes, we change their fate.
What do foster homes do, exactly?
Foster caretakers do what any regular dog owner does, they provide a healthy diet and fresh water, love, exercise, toys and all the necessary supplies such as leashes, id tags, crates, bedding, etc. It is extra helpful if the foster works with their foster dog to eliminate any issues, build confidence, teach them manners and basic obedience and socialize them in order to make them as adoptable as possible! A dog may need to be housetrained, leash trained, taught basic manners (ie: not jumping on people) and taught how to be good citizens. Fosters should also provide regular updates and pictures in order to keep the foster dog’s profile up to date and fresh. Proper vet care should be provided and vaccinations and preventative medications must be kept current. Funding to offset medical expenses may be available but cannot be guaranteed. Fosters are also encouraged to attend dog events in order to show off your adoptable.
How do I volunteer to be a foster home?
If you are interested in becoming a foster home, we suggest that you make the choice realistically, consider what you have to offer a needy dog, and think about how fostering will affect your life, those of your family members and current pets. If you feel fostering is for you, please submit a foster application, answer each question honestly and thoroughly, and a BBR volunteer will contact you to begin the screening process. Once approved, we will perform a home visit, answer any additional questions, and you will be asked to sign a foster agreement. We then can choose a dog or puppy that will suit your lifestyle.
How long will I foster a dog?
Although fostering is not a lifelong commitment, a dog could spend two months (our minimum foster stay) or a year. Due to the nature of dog rescue, we cannot guarantee how long you will foster a dog. The more updates, great pictures and progress made with a foster dog, the more interest that dog will generate. We have found exceptional forever homes in a little as two months but some dogs have been in foster for over a year. Foster caretaker participation is essential for a fast adoption! BBR wants the adoptables to find great homes and every effort to make that happen is made.
What can I expect from a foster dog?
Foster dogs vary greatly. Some have had a severely neglected or abusive life with little socialization and behavioral issues that need to be eliminated prior to being listed for adoption. Other fosters have been much loved family pets that were surrendered for whatever reason. They may already be crate and house trained, well socialized and the perfect pet. At BBR, we will help match you with the right foster dog based on your expectations, abilities and preferences. All dogs are formally evaluated prior to accepting them into the adoption program. BBR only accepts dogs with no bite history or human aggression or severe (uncontrollable) dog-dog aggression. We identify minor behavioral issues and offer training, medical and behavioral guidance and support for all foster homes. Fostering is extremely satisfying and rewarding! Knowing that you helped a needy pit bull become a fabulous pet for someone and successfully adopting him out is a fantastic feeling. Even better are the updates and pictures from one of your fosters new family! If at any time the dog you are fostering isn’t the right match, we will take it back and replace him or her with a more suitable foster dog.
How will the dog find a home if it is in my home?
BBR adoptable dogs are listed on five websites, the BBR main site, PetFinder, 1-800-Save-A-Pet, Pit Bull Rescue Central (PBRC) and Pet Harbor. We promote adoptable dogs through Facebook, MySpace, You Tube videos and by featuring one dog each month on the front page of the BBR Petfinder main page. Adoptable dogs are also promoted at events, on BBR merchandise at Cafepress and even immortalized on canvas by artist Melinda Dalke, who sells her work on Ebay!
But I already have other pets, can I still foster?
Absolutely! Of course, please consider your current pets and how they would react to a new dog living among them for a while. Having dog savvy cats is a plus to socialize a foster with kitties. If your current dogs get along well with other dogs, it is usually very beneficial to all to have a playmate and role model. Be sure to consider the extra work an additional dog will require.
Can I foster if I have children?
Foster homes with children give wonderful opportunities to both child and foster dog. Most, if not all of the dogs that enter our adoption program are excellent with children.
What if I want to keep the dog I am fostering?
Welcome to the club! Many, if not all foster homes have at least one “foster failure”, the term which lovingly refers to a dog that found its forever home with its foster parent. BBR supports any adoption into a loving, capable forever home, however as heartbreaking as it is to part with the fruits of your labor, remember the more available homes we have the more pit bulls we can save! If however, you simply cannot live without a particular foster dog, you can submit an adoption application and finalize an adoption.
Please consider becoming a foster parent and make a difference in a “Bully’s” life!
*** Bama Bully Rescue respects the privacy of our applicants, and will not disclose personal contact information. However, please understand that we reserve the right to share the impression or outcome of your application with interested parties. ***