Fostering is the backbone of what we do — we cannot exist as a rescue if people are not willing to provide shelter for the pugs while we search for their forever homes. Not only does fostering provide a healthy atmosphere for a pug, it helps us get to know the dog too. This information becomes key to finding just the right home for their unique personality.
To be a foster parent, you must be able to take a dog into your home and work with it on basic skills.
Fosters are responsible for:
- Giving the pug its food and water
- Giving the pug plenty of love and attention
- Exercising the pug
- Performing basic grooming on the pug (brushing, bathing, etc.)
- Working with the pug to learn basic skills and encourage good behavior
- Ensuring the pug is kept indoors and is only outdoors with supervision
- Facilitating veterinary care including wellness checks and any follow-up procedures
- Evaluating prospective adopter’s applications and home visit notes
- Submitting updates to the Foster Coordinator
- Bringing the pug to Meet & Greets
- Most Meet & Greets are in Omaha or Lincoln
- While you are not required to attend every Meet & Greet, pugs who attend these events tend to be adopted more quickly. Meet & Greets are one of the primary ways potential adopters can meet the available pugs
- If you cannot personally attend an event, Pug Partners may be able to provide a volunteer to pick up and drop off the foster pug
Pug Partners Provides:
- Quality food to feed the pug
- Veterinary care and any medications the pug may need
- A harness and lead/leash
- Guidance for any questions or concerns
Q: What are the basic responsibilities of a foster home?
A: A foster companion will care for the pug as they would their own pet, providing a safe, secure and stable environment, as well as food and companionship. Basic training and exercise, with generous amounts of patience and love will also be supplied.
Q: How long will the pug be with me?
A: The fostering period can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks to several months. To minimize stress on the pugs, we will only move them to a second foster home in the case of an emergency.
Q: Is it okay if the pug is alone during the work day?
A: Yes. Most of our foster parents have full-time jobs and are away from home several hours a day. As long as the pug is kept safely indoors, it should be fine. Just pay close attention to how much food/water the pug intakes before you leave in the morning.
Q: Can I still foster if I have other pets?
A: Yes, we will consider homes with pets that meet the following basic requirements:
- Must be spayed/neutered
- Must be current on all vaccinations
- Must not be aggressive towards other animals
Q: Can I still foster if I have children?
A: Yes. We request that children know the “do’s and don’ts” around dogs since we do not always know the temperament of the pugs we rescue.
Q: I’m afraid that if I foster a pug, I’ll get very attached and it will be too painful to give it up.
A: It can be tough to let go, but you’ll feel joy in sending a pet to a wonderful new family. Remember, every pug that is adopted from your care will make room for another pug who desperately needs a foster home. We can’t operate as a rescue without foster homes to care for the pugs.
Of course, if you fall in love with the pug you are fostering, we will be happy to begin the adoption process with you so you may give them a forever home.