We are always in need of new foster homes for our dogs. If you'd like to foster, please read the information below and fill out the application.
Fostering with Arizona Schnauzer Rescue - FAQ
WHY WE NEED FOSTER HOMES
Arizona Schnauzer Rescue does NOT have kennels where we keep our Schnauzers All dogs are kept in private homes until they are ready to be adopted. We could not run this Schnauzer rescue without our dedicated volunteer foster moms and dads!
THE COST OF FOSTERING A MINIATURE SCHNAUZER
Arizona Schnauzer Rescue pays for all veterinary bills, medicine, prescription food, etc...anything above the normal day-to-day care of a dog. As a foster parent, you are responsible for paying for their daily dog food. Normally, our foster parents also take care of grooming, however, we do have a two groomers in the valley that will provide limited free grooming.
YOUR ROLE AS A FOSTER PARENT
Before a Schnauzer can be adopted to a new home, the dog must be spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations, housebroken, groomed, and as healthy as possible and behaving him/herself. To accomplish this, we provide as much support as we can. We have veterinarians will that bill Arizona Schnauzer Rescue directly. We can loan crates, supplies, and advice on working with a dog. Your job as a foster parent is to keep the dog as happy and healthy for the length of their stay with you.
THE LENGTH OF FOSTERING
Short Term: We need short-term foster homes when one of our regular foster parents has to go out of town for a period of time.
Regular Foster: We need regular foster homes where the dog is brought into rescue, gets to the vet's office, etc. This time frame usually runs from a couple of weeks to a month.
Long Term Foster: Perhaps a dog is chubby and needs to lose weight before being adopted. We have taken in dogs from puppy mills that need a lot of patient understanding to help them overcome their fears...sometimes dogs need months to adjust to living outside a puppy mill. This time is usually longer than one month.
Our network of foster homes is generous in helping each other out, if you are going on vacation, etc. and can't take care of the foster dog.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A DOG DOESN'T WORK OUT
We do not want to lose a good foster home. If a particular dog is not working out in a foster home, we will find a different foster home for that dog. Some foster parents do not want puppies. Some really like the young pups. Some people can only foster a certain sex because of their own dog's behavior. We will work with you to ensure that fostering is a good experience.
ADOPTING THE DOG INTO A NEW HOME
When a dog is ready to be adopted, the foster parent and the director discuss what would be the best type home for this dog. Then the director goes to the waiting list and finds a person who matches that dog. Usually, the director calls and emails the prospective owner with info on the dog and sends photos. The potential owner contacts the foster home sets up a time and place to meet. If they like the dog and want to take it for a two week trial period, the foster parent prepares two copies of our adoption contract (one for Arizona Schnauzer Rescue and one for the owner) and collects the adoption fee. The foster parent needs to mail to Arizona Schnauzer Rescue any records on the dog, the adoption contract and the adopting fee. After the two week trial, if everything is going fine, the director will deposit the fee and mail the dog's records. If for any reason, the adoption isn't working out, the dog is returned to us and the person is given their money back during the two-week trial.
Please fill out and submit the following application to become eligible to foster a Miniature Schnauzer.