The Fostering the Love Program is part of our larger program The Forever Home Program. Our fosters are an essential part of a dog’s rehabilitation process … they provide shelter, they begin training, they help our dogs learn to trust, and so much more. Most of all, they provide love.
“Now I know first-hand the joy of saving a dog for someone else!!! Fostering has been a blessing for us.” – quote from Gayle Chalker, one of our invaluable fosters
Fostering an Almost Home dog is an act of love given to a dog who has endured some form of tragedy. Our dogs often come in confused and frightened, and need be shown they are safe and cared for. Fosters are the backbone of our organization; we depend on you to bring these dogs to their full potential, guided with compassion and nurtured with kindness.
Our foster homes must meet the same standards and requirements of adoption homes. Fosters become part of the Almost Home family and are entrusted with the care of our dogs. A phone call will be made to your veterinarian and we require a visit to your home.
We’re often asked how long a dog will be in foster care — the answer is, we don’t know. An adoption might take place very quickly, but it could take weeks or even months. Fostered dogs need to be considered a part of your family for the length of their stay.
Your foster dog will normally have the appropriate vetting and grooming before he comes to your home. You will have been given information and have had conversations about fostering, introducing dogs, expectations for acclimation, and we are available to you at all times.
We work with behaviorists and excellent veterinarians to ensure our dogs are as physically and emotionally healthy as they can be.
Interceptor and Frontline
A safe and loving environment
Frequent updates on your foster’s acclimation and behavior
A clean and manicured dog
Transportation to veterinary appointments and events, if necessary
Our Foster Director is available to you for any questions or concerns. We take our dogs to some events, if appropriate for that dog. The foster will have contact with and input on potential adopters.
We frequently rescue blind and/or deaf dogs and have a foster who specializes in their care. If this is something you might be interested in, we will assist with that training. We have also taken in a number of puppy mill survivors which also requires specialized knowledge and fostering.
The benefits of fostering a rescued dog cannot be measured. Yes, it can be an emotional day when the adoption happens. But you know you have done an immeasurable service for this dog, you’ve helped save a life, and you’ve been gifted with the trust of an animal who has faced it all and still can love.
If you are interested in fostering dogs through Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio, please fill out our Foster Application. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible (usually within a couple of days). If you have questions about the program, or would like more information before filling out an application, please contact our Foster Director. Please include your phone number so that she may call you to discuss your questions.
Are You Ready to Foster?
If you prefer to make a monetary contribution to the program, please click the donate button to do so through PayPal (please enter “Fostering the Love Program” under “purpose” or leave blank for a general donation to Almost Home).
We are also grateful for mailed donations. If you prefer to mail a donation, please send your check or money order to:
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio
c/o Bev Schwieterman, Treasurer
7123 Durness Pl.
Columbus, OH 43235
If requested, we will send you a letter acknowledging your gift for tax purposes. Thank you for all past and potential donations. Your generosity is saving lives.
A Note For Fosters
– Author Unknown –
There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone … to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you’d done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, “Sweetheart, you’re ready to go.
I’ve done all I can, and you’ve learned all I know.”
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I’ve moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I’ll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You’ll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you’ll always be mine.