HOW DO I APPLY FOR A DOG?
Easy! Just click on our Adoption Enquiry and fill out the form. This gives us all the basics we need before touching base with you via a phone call. It also gives us time to run any further questions by the dog’s foster carer if we don’t immediately know the answer, so we’re fully prepared for a chat!
WHY CAN’T YOU TELL ME THE DOG’S BREED?
The reason we don’t list breed(s) is because there is no way of us knowing what is in a rescue dog. Sure, we could guess, but research shows that these guesses can be detrimental to a dog, instead of beneficial. With a huge percentage of shelter dogs being of mixed breeding, it’s highly unlikely they would carry any traits that you would associate with a pure breed. Because of this, we only focus on the individual dog – we feel this is the best way to make a good match. You can read more about why we have moved beyond breed labels here.
WHAT DOES THE DOG COME WITH?
Quite a lot! When a dog is rescued by us, we get all the necessities done: desexing, heartworm testing and treating, microchipping, vaccinations, worming, and flea treatment. Any other medical requirements are provided immediately. Each dog is in a family home so also gets lots of interaction to increase the human-canine bond, toys, some basic obedience, good food, and lots and lots of love!
Further to this, we also offer a four week adoption trial. This is basically so the dog has time to settle into your home (which can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks) and you can make the best decision without feeling so much pressure! If the adoption doesn’t work out, we will happily take the dog back into care. The most important thing is for everyone to be confident and happy.
HOW MUCH IS THE ADOPTION FEE?
The adoption fee is $400 for every dog. This covers all of the vetwork, enrichment, toys, food, training if needed, etc. Sometimes we run adoption promotions where the fee will be reduced so keep an eye out for these special events.
CAN I MEET THE DOG?
Absolutely! We require all potential adopters to meet the dog before any decisions are made. This is to ensure the most compatible match, so you and your family can be sure you’re going to be a good fit. If you have resident dogs, bring ’em along on the meet and greet! It’s really important you know the dogs are going to get along.
WHEN CAN I TAKE THE DOG HOME?
This generally varies depending on circumstances but we try to move as quick as we can (we know how excited you’ll be!). After you’ve had your meet and greet and everyone’s happy to proceed, we’ll need to do a quick yard check – this is only to make sure fencing is secure for each dog’s individual needs. This is not intrusive… we really don’t need to look at anything beyond that. We just need to be confident that our dogs are going to be secure, as they’ve already ended up in the pound at least once, and we want to minimise the risk of that happening again.
DO YOU DO INTERSTATE ADOPTIONS?
Yes! Although we still require families to meet the dog first and unfortunately this can come with no guarantee of adoption – it’ll all depend on whether the match is compatible. We will be completely honest with you about the dog you’re interested in and advise whether we think there may be issues that might hinder a good match. We understand that this can be really difficult for families who are interstate but we will accomodate your needs as much as we can.
Our one rule on this, however, is that we do not adopt out dogs to Victoria that may fall victim to Breed Specific Legislation. If we can’t be 100% confident the dog will be safe, we unfortunately can’t consider the adoption.
FOSTERING A DOG
WHAT’S A FOSTER CARER?
Being a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you get to help save a dog, but you also get to help find a perfect home for him, all the while learning more and more about dogs as you go. You can be a home owner, a renter, a big family, or a single person. You can be highly experienced or have very little experience. Got your own dog(s)? Awesome! Almost all foster dogs will love the company and your dog(s) will get the benefit of extra socialisation.
DOES IT COST MONEY?
We cover all vetwork, professional training if needed, and any supplies you may need. Anything that you may have already that you don’t mind giving to a foster dog (like food, flea/worm treatment, toys, bedding, etc) is appreciated but we can supply all this if needed. Our main goal is to enable people to foster because they are incredibly important to the way we save dogs.
WILL I BE SUPPORTED?
Absolutely! Foster carers are like gold to us. Wait, platinum? Diamonds? Regardless, carers are the only way we save more dogs. There will always be someone you can call or message to answer any questions you may have or give advice if you need it. If your foster dog requires extra training, we’ll get that organised with one of our preferred professional trainer affiliates. Whatever you need, let us know! We’ll do everything we can to help you get the most out of this experience.
WILL I GET SOME TRAINING?
We try to organise ‘workshops’ every now and then especially for foster carers who feel they want to learn more about the training/handling side of the dog world. We encourage all carers to keep learning about every form of training so they can best apply the most effective model to their foster dog.
HOW LONG WILL THE DOG BE WITH ME?
There’s no guarantee, unfortunately, as each individual dog is different – there’s just no way of guessing. We do require commitment from every foster carer but if you need to go away for a holiday or your circumstances change, we’ll accomodate that. If you feel the foster placement isn’t working out, we’ll move the dog to an available carer as soon as possible. This can’t always be immediate but we’ll do our very best!
DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE?
You can do as much or as little as you like beyond taking a dog into your home. We take care of all the paperwork, the promoting/marketing, screening applicants, etc. So, really, you can put all your volunteering efforts into that one dog at a time. However, if you want to come along to our events and stalls, we would love the additional support! If you can also help out with transport, that’s another amazing contribution. Ultimately, being a foster carer is an amazing thing in itself.
YOU’VE CONVINCED ME. WHERE DO I APPLY?
You. Are. Awesome!
Head on over to our Foster Carer Application and fill that bad boy out. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can and go into more detail about the process and answer all your questions.