All other pets are spayed or neutered. If an applicant has other pets, we require that they are spayed/neutered. The only exceptions would be due to a medical reason or if the pet is involved in "showing" (proof required).
Applicant provides adequate veterinary care. When we contact veterinary references, we want to ensure that all current dogs are up-to-date on rabies and distemper vaccines, yearly heartworm tests and year-round monthly heartworm preventative. If an applicant has indoor cats, we require that they are current on at least the rabies vaccine and for outdoor cats, we suggest that they are also kept up-to-date on flea/tick medicine and additional vaccines. We also take into account the applicant's veterinary history for current & previous animals.
Secure yard. We do not require that every foster have a physical fence. We do, however, require that all fosters have a plan for pottying and exercising the dog in the event that the yard is not securely fenced.
Members of the family. We require that all of our dogs be "indoor dogs," meaning they are not left outside unattended, whether loose in a yard or in an outdoor kennel. We want our dogs to be members of the family and be able to spend time with their people, not left outside.
Foster Location. Due to our existing volunteer network and veterinary partners, we are a bit limited geographically. Fosters will need to be able to drive a bit to pick up their foster, obtain veterinary care and other supplies.
Currently we are accepting new fosters in Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair and Wayne counties, Mid-Michigan (from Saginaw/Bay City to Mt. Pleasant) and Grand Rapids, MI. If you aren't sure if your location is within these parameters, please email us before filling out the foster application.