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Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue

Become a New Rattitude Foster Home


Image: Courtesy of New Rattitude, Inc. Rat Terrier Rescue (We Always Need Foster Homes!)

New Rattitude would love to have you join us to rescue Rat Terriers from shelters or neglectful/abusive living conditions! We desperately need space for all of the dogs that so greatly need rescue. When we can save yet one more--and watch a broken, scared, at-risk dog blossom in foster care and develop a new "Rattitude" toward life--we know that all the hard work is worth it!

New Rattitude does not have a shelter or other physical location. Instead, we operate through a network of volunteer foster homes. Our foster parents are individuals who give dogs in need a temporary sanctuary that is safe and nurturing while we work to match them with a qualified permanent adoptive home.

People interested in fostering will be screened before being approved. This involves an application, vet and personal reference checks, a telephone interview, and a home visit to ensure that the physical environment is safe and suitable for rescued dogs.

As a foster parent, you would decide when (and if) to bring in a new foster dog and then be responsible for that dog's care until he or she gets adopted. Some foster homes have just one dog at a time; more experienced foster homes may decide to have 2 or 3 or more. The foster family gets to name the dog. The foster family ensures that the dog gets necessary vetting, which is paid for by New Rattitude. New Rattitude also provides necessities for each dog, such as a martingale collar, microchip, ID tage, wormer, and monthly flea preventative. CLICK HERE to see a list of the items New Rattitude provides or pays for and the tools we offer to support our foster homes. Any expenses that are not reimbursed by New Rattitude, such as toys or treats, are tax deductible since we are a 501(c)3 organization.

Besides providing day-to-day support for our foster parents, New Rattitude also handles marketing/publicity, manages the adoption application process, organizes transportation, and facilitates networking between foster homes.

If you love dogs and want to help but think that you couldn't foster because you'd get too attached to the dog or can't make an on-going commitment, then perhaps "dogsitting" is the right niche for you! We need temporary "dog-sitting" locations that can keep a dog for 1-7 days during transitions between shelter and foster home or to support the permanent foster parents when they must go out of town.

Whether you're interesting in fostering or temporary dog-sitting, please follow the Frequently Asked Questions link below for more info, and submit a Volunteer Application to get started.

Thanks so much for considering it! We really do need you!

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Fostering.

Click here for Fill out a Volunteer Application