FOSTERING – we provide the medical care and you provide the shelter and love!
Pug Rescue of Florida rescues pugs and pug mixes across the state of Florida. We rely on the support of loving foster homes to help the pugs in need. All PROoF pugs stay with foster families until they find their forever homes. Our foster care program allows us to learn more about our dogs, address their medical needs, and enables us to make better long-term matches for both our adopters and our dogs.
What does it mean to foster? It means that you open your heart and your home to a rescue pug. You treat them as if they were your own and give them lots of good food, exercise, and attention. You might have to take your foster pug to vet appointments (PROoF pays for the medical care at our approved vet offices) and administer medications. You may also have to work on house training, social skills, or behavior issues. You get to know all about your foster pug therefore you are also involved with screening applicants, taking the pug to events, and meeting potential adopters.
We understand and appreciate that fostering it is a very special commitment for families. It takes time, energy, patience, a LOT of love! Our rescued pugs have often experienced many changes in their lives and our foster families help prepare them for one final change – settling in with a wonderful forever family. We know fostering is a very important job but don’t worry, we will be there to support you every step of the way.
We have several types of foster home needs:
- Regular fosters – most of our pugs/pug mixes will need basic medical care (spay/neuter surgery, vet visits for vaccines, etc. ) and will need time for us to understand their personalities to help them find a great forever home. The hope is to help these pugs/pug mixes will stay in foster care for a couple of months and then be adopted. Most of these dogs are used to being around other dogs — when we review your foster application we will talk to you about the other dogs already in your home and help determine what type of pugs/pug mixes might be a good fit on a short-term foster basis.
- Long term/hospice fosters – sometimes we have pugs/pug mixes with long term special needs. They will stay in foster care much longer as we evaluate their health needs and get them more specialized or long term care.
- Quarantine fosters — All pugs/mixes that come to us from an animal shelter, and some pug/mixes that come to us without ongoing vet care, need to be kept away from other pets for a minimum of 2 weeks to ensure they do not have an illness that can be transmitted to other dogs. To qualify as a quarantine foster you must:
– have NO other dogs in your home
– be able to keep the foster pug/mix in your home for a minimum of 2 weeks (could be longer)
– agree to take the foster pug/mix to a PROoF veterinarian and administer medications as needed
Foster Application Process: We are all volunteers. If for some reason you have not been contacted as soon as you wished, please do not think this is a reflection on your application, but a mere part of the process as our volunteers are all working as fast as we can across the state of Florida. You should hear from one of our volunteers within 10 days of submitting your online application. You will be contacted either by phone or email. If you do not hear from one of our volunteers within 10 days, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we may follow up on the status of your application. We appreciate your patience.
“For All Those Who Foster”
Thank You for bringing this foster dog into my life. Had I not made the decision to participate in rescue, I would never have had the chance to meet him. If I had sat here comfortably in my home and said “I already have two dogs and I know that I couldn’t take in another – even on a temporary basis,” I would never have met this dog. Yes, it takes time to rescue and foster but who gave me Time in the first place? And why or what was the reason I was given Time? To fill my own needs? Or was there another reason ever so small and seemingly insignificant, like rescuing this one dog, that could make a difference in another’s life? Perhaps to add joy, hope, help and companionship to another who is in need?
With great sadness, I sat down on a footstool in my kitchen this morning and watched as this foster dog bounced back into the house and skidded across the floor to sit ever so perfectly in front of me. He was the picture of health, finally. He was all smiles for me and I smiled back at his happy face. Deep in his eyes, the storm clouds of illness and generalized poor health had blown away, and the clear light of his perfection radiated out from his beautiful soul. He holds no ill will toward man. He forgives us all.
I thought to myself as I impressed this one last long look of him into my heart, what a very fine creature You have created. Tears slowly pooled and spilled over my cheekbones as the deeper realization of how wonderful this dog is sank into my internal file cabinet of Needful Things to Remember. Lord, he’s a dog – but he’s a better human being than I am.
He has forgiven quickly. Would I do the same?
He passionately enjoys the simple things in life. And I have often overlooked them.
He accepts change and gets on with his life. I fuss and worry about change.
He lives today and loves today. I often dwell in the past or worry about the future.
He loves no matter what. I am not that free.
This very lovely dog has gone to his new home today and already I miss him. Thank You for bringing this dog into my life. And thank You for the beautiful and tender lesson on how to be a better human.