Thinking about fostering a dog? Wondering if NEARR is the right group for you? Take a moment to look over our the information below. Fostering a dog gives a dog a second chance to find a safe, loving home. At NEARR we strive to place dogs both in foster and forever homes based on matching lifestyles. In order to do so, we need a wide variety of foster homes. If you would like to apply to foster a dog, please contact us.
Ever wonder why someone would open their home to a strange dog? Below are some testimonials from some wonderful people who help NEARR.
NEARR Foster Policies
What NEARR Provides for Foster Homes
Basic Requirements for Fostering a Dog
For more information about fostering, contact our Foster Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contacting the NEARR Foster Group
When the first yellow finally came to me I had realized that I loved fostering and being instrumental in finding loving homes for these wonderful dogs! Oh, it was always hard to let them go, but I tried to look upon the experience as a learning one and I always took the dogs in knowing they needed the love, guidance and gentle hands I was able to give, if only for a short time. I knew these dogs needed special homes and the special home was still waiting; my home was just the station they waited at.
Each dog affects you in a certain way, I do not believe there is any difference than with the humans that come into your life; all have a certain tale to tell and we only need to listen to reach out and complete their journey.
I have had young, old and in between and I do not feel any difference toward any particular age group. I have had some wonderful experiences and have met a great deal of marvelous people over the past few years. It is a worthwhile experience that I frequently recommend to many people I meet.
I love fostering the labs, even though right now it is an old cockapoo that needs me. When she has gone on her last journey then I will return to give yet another a new chance to find love and happiness (and a good bed), as only the LAB can do!
NOTE: NEARR fosters aren't allowed to adopt their foster dogs, though it is an excellent way of finding out if a lab is the right breed for you.
It has been a great learning experience and everyone has enjoyed having and extra buddy around. I have to admit I didn't expect to get quite so attached so quickly. I currently have my first foster dog and am really going to have a tough time saying goodbye to him when he moves on. But the fact that I know he will be going to a well-researched, loving family and home, makes it a little easier. I also realized that I did need to take some measures to maintain a sense of "normalcy" for the pets I already have, as they adjusted to this new house guest, who sometimes demands extra attention.
My current foster has required some extra visits to the vet, as well as some research and extra attention. I have completely enjoyed this experience. It has given me a chance to learn a lot more about dogs and actually get to know this dog a little better. We have become good friends with our vet, who has taken a special interest in him. She frequently calls to ask after him and offer literature to check out or suggestions. Although he has required a little more time and energy, I really have enjoyed the experience. And now that we are solving some of his problems, I really have a great sense of accomplishment, knowing that I am helping him to have a better, more comfortable life in his new forever home.
I keep fostering because after our first foster dog, I was hooked. Foster dogs are a gift. They are so grateful! In most cases, they have behaved better than my dogs! Most of our fosters have been special needs dogs. Through them I have learned the value of perseverance. We've had a dog who had such bad itching, she never was able to sleep through the night. Imagine! Every minute or every day (and night) having a horrible itch that never stopped and you have no way to alleviate the pain without literally ripping your skin off! Yet she kept fighting and trusting in the people around her. When she finally responded to treatment (she had food allergies), her personality was able to come out.
I was honored to have played a part in making her life better. And that's why we continue to foster.
NOTE: Fosters can opt to take special needs dogs or not.
NEARR is a safe haven for retriever breeds in need. All types of circumstances can place a dog into a situation where it is in need. The death of an owner, behavioral problems, special needs like blindness, divorce, lack of owner commitment and abandonment are a few of the reasons that the group sees on a regular basis. NEARR places each dog with a foster home that can help it adjust and function as a good canine citizen. Special care is made to make sure that the dog's needs are being met. The foster families bring the dogs into their lives and give them all that they need and they help place them in the best possible forever home. Foster families also provide support after adoption. As a foster parent, know that I have done what I can to make the world a better place for my canine friends. I feel good about the help I give.
Each foster dog comes with a unique set of experiences, personality traits and challenges. Chance came to use after having been in a kennel for 6 months. He was friendly, outgoing and ready to be a part of a family. He was somewhat unsure of himself when he got to our house. He was greeted by another Lab that outweighed him by several pounds and an American Eskimo puppy that, at the time, was 7 lbs of testosterone induced terror. He adjusted nicely and by the end of the day it felt as if he had been with us forever. During the first week we found out that he had some things we needed to work on. He liked to be clean and would jump into the bathtub if he felt he needed grooming. That would be great most of the time, but when your 6 year old is in the tub up to her neck in Power Puff Girls Strawberry scented bubbles, it can be a problem.
Bill was somewhat unsure about being a foster family and went into it declaring that he could never get attached to a dog in a short time and treat it as well as his own dogs. Well, you would be surprised. Chance won him over within days and when Chance went to his forever family, Bill is the one that got the most upset. He couldn't come upstairs and see him off when he left. He moped for a few days because his buddy was gone. At one point during Chance's foster stay, Bill had suggested adopting him, but I reminded him that NEARR doesn't place foster dogs into forever homes with their foster families.
Jonathan & I foster as a way to help dogs in need. We have always had dogs, at least two at a time, and our lives revolve around them. We adopted Madison from YGRR and every time I look at their web page and there is a new special needs dog, I want to adopt that one too. But we know that two permanent dogs is probably enough for our household. We also support the SPCA and our local Animal Rescue League, and often consider some of the dogs they need homes for. But again, with two active dogs, and both with full time jobs, I'm afraid we couldn't give them the attention they need. We have offered to help out at the ARL on weekends, but at last check, they had all the volunteers they need on weekends.
So by chance we heard about NEARR when we called YGRR about two strays that had come to our attention. The strays were retriever mixes and YGRR said that NEARR takes in retriever mixes. We went to the web page to check it out and discovered that NEARR needs foster homes. It seemed like the perfect solution. Everyone has been so nice and supportive. And our very first foster dog, Riley, has to be the easiest foster dog ever. It's like there is no difference here, just another bowl and another warm body. We've started getting prospective homes for him already, and it will be difficult to give him up. But we know that his forever home will be the best match for our foster boy. Thank you for having such a wonderful organization.