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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!)

Can you join New Rattitude to help us rescue Rat Terriers from shelters or neglectful/abusive living conditions? So many dogs desperately need space in rescue to have a shot at a new life. When we can watch a broken, scared, at-risk dog blossom in foster care and develop a new "Rattitude" toward life, the sense of satisfaction is immense.

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 other resources and necessities for each dog. CLICK HERE to see a list of the ways New Rattitude supports 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 departments handle marketing/publicity for the foster dogs, manage the adoption application process, organize transportation, and facilitate 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