Become a New Rattitude Foster Home
(We Always Need Foster Homes!)
New Rattitude would love to have you join our network of volunteers who work to rescue as many Rat Terriers as possible from shelters or neglectful/abusive living conditions. We simply don't have space for all of the dogs that so desperately need rescue. But when we do save yet one more, and watch this broken, scared, at-risk dog blossom in fostercare and develop a new "Rattitude" toward life, we know that all the hard work is worth it.
Like most rescue groups, New Rattitude does not have a shelter or other physical location. Instead, we operate through a network of volunteers. Our foster parents are individuals who want to help dogs in need, giving them a temporary sanctuary that is safe and nurturing while we work to match them with a qualified permanent adoptive home where they can thrive.
People interested in fostering must be screened and approved. This involves submitting an application, having veterinarian and personal references checked, participating in a telephone interview, and having 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 you would then be responsible for the care of that dog 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 each dog an ID tag, microchip, martingale collar, wormer, and flea preventative, and we pay for monthly heartworm preventative and dog food. We also handle the adoption application process, manage transportation, provide support for our foster parents, and facilitate networking between foster homes. The foster family provides plenty of love and any toys/treats. We're a 501(c)3 organization, so any foster-related expenditures are tax deductible.
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