You’ve recruited and trained a whole new team of fosters. You have matched them with dogs that are a fit for their home. You’ve gone over your policies and they are excited to get started! Make sure they are set up for success with these essential items:
- Emergency numbers – This should include the number for their contact at the rescue (if they have multiple contacts, include all)
- Non-emergency contacts with available times – Who should they contact for medical questions? Training questions? Adoption questions?
- What to expect guide – Easy to understand overview of what they should expect in the first few days and weeks
- Food – Make sure to include feeding instructions
- Leash / Collar – It’s best if the collar is a martingale to avoid dogs getting loose. Always educate on proper use of a martingale collar
You may also want to include some items that not every foster will have:
- Kong toys / lick mat – This will help keep a dog’s mind busy and can help with decompression
- “Adopt me” gear – This could include a bandana, leash, collar, harness, etc. Get creative!
- Crate – This is important for the safety of the dog but a crate trained dog is also much more adoptable!
Above all, make sure your fosters are excited and feel they have the resources to succeed.