Fosters Needed at VIP Rescue

VIP Rescue receives many requests to rescue dogs from shelters.  To rescue these dogs, we need FOSTER HOMES.  If we do not have foster homes, we are unable to save these dogs.  Can you volunteer to be a FOSTER at VIP RESCUE?   Live in the Clearwater/St. Pete and surrounding communities?   Complete a VOLUNTEER application.

Click here for the link to the foster application.

How much does it cost to foster at VIP RESCUE?
VIP RESCUE provides ex-pens, crates, pee pads, puppy food, vet care, food/water bowls, collars, etc.  YOU provide the love, the shelter, and the nurturing to get your foster puppies ready to be adopted.   
Fosters may need to pick up their puppies at an agreed to location near Clearwater/St. Pete and surrounding communities, take your puppies to a vet appointment, and travel to a local adoption event with your FOSTER PUPPIES 

Can I foster for VIP RESCUE if I already have dogs? 
Of course, you can foster if you already have a dog.  Sometimes your own dogs act as trainers for your foster puppies!  As part of the application and interview process, we’ll ask about your pets and their personalities to make sure that both your furry friends and our rescues will be comfortable together. Be sure to list cats, chickens, goats, etc. you have at your home in your application too!     

What if I want to adopt my Foster Dog at VIP RESCUE?
Although this is called “foster failure”, our goal is to place all our pups in a loving home… and if you decide to keep your foster, that is certainly NOT a failure!  Sometimes that ONE sneaks into your heart. However, please know that our fosters are asked NOT to go into fostering with the intention of “trying” dogs out to find the one they want.  VIP invests considerable time, supplies, and training with new fosters and prefer not to do that if you are only looking to adopt.  When a Foster adopts a dog, they pay the same adoption donation as does any adopter.

Are all foster dogs housebroken already?
Mom may or may not be potty-trained, but puppies are not potty-trained!  We supply pee pads for use in the exercise pens which puppy litters are easily trained to use. 

What is fostering at VIP Rescue?
Fostering a puppy litter is taking care of them until they are ready for their loving furever home.  Our PUPPY FOSTER homes do need to be located in Clearwater/St. Pete and surrounding communities, as we pay for all medical care at our designated rescue partners.  Fosters provide shelter, a patient loving nurturing environment, and work with the puppies to develop social skills.  Many of our dogs come from animal control on their “last day” so your FOSTER HOME literally allows another litter to be saved.  As the foster family you are involved in determining the best adopter for your FOSTER PUPPIES.  We screen our adoption applicants but the foster family is consulted on potential adopters for their dogs, meets the potential adopters and decides whether or not the family is a good match for their foster puppies. 

Ready to apply? Live in the Clearwater/St. Pete and surrounding communities?
Complete a VOLUNTEER application and put FOSTER PUPPIES in the Comments.  

Click here for the link to the foster application.
THANK YOU for opening your heart to FOSTER a RESCUE DOG at VIP RESCUE! 

I’m not sure I could give up a litter that had been in my home as fosters. How do you do it? Is it hard? 
While you definitely get attached to the foster puppies you bring into your home, you should get into it knowing that your purpose is to give them love and help them get prepared for life with their adopting family.  It is best to take in a puppy litter knowing you are helping save their lives by doing so, and cry when they leave for a good family that will love them forever than not foster and wonder if a litter survived death row at a shelter. There is an emotional sacrifice for the sake of giving dogs a second chance at happiness and love, and a high reward in self-esteem for doing so. Each litter has their own personalities and it’s always exciting to meet the new puppies that you are responsible for cuddling, feeding, and showering with love until they are ready to be adopted! 

Do you pick your foster dog
Your VIP Foster Coordinator generally picks your foster dogs. Our Foster Coordinators are seasoned Fosters and have a vast range of experience with fostering dogs and puppy litters themselves.  Your Foster Coordinator receives a list of litters that need rescued from shelters with information like age, breed best guess, weight, gender, and photos.  The Foster Coordinator chooses those dogs VIP can rescue most times without ever seeing them in person. The VIP Foster Coordinator in the process of your Foster Home Interview and getting to know your household can best select a Puppy Litter for you.  VIP Rescue learns the most about our Foster puppies from our Foster families.  Frequent communication about your Puppy Litter with your Foster Coordinator is essential in finding the right Adoption Home.