So You're A Foster, Now What?
Thank you for fostering with The Maggie Society! You truly are the bridge for these dogs to find their happily ever after! Without you, we wouldn't be able to function!
Haven't taken the leap yet? Do it!!! We always need fosters. Only available for a weekend? During school breaks? Overnight? As needed? No worries, there's always a need. Click on the button below, and complete your application. Yes, it's very detailed! But the more info we have, the better we will be able to match your home with a foster who needs the TLC you can give!
Help Your Foster Pup Find A Home
Spread the News
Advocate for your foster pup! Use the power of social media to let the world know about your amazing foster pup! Post photos, share stories, tell about your pup (and always refer to your pup by his/her "Maggie" name, even if you call them something different at home) Encourage friends or followers to consider fostering--You'd be amazed at how many foster because they have a friend who fostered or adopted! Anyone interested in adopting can apply by completing an application at www.themaggiesociety.com.
*Occasionally there may be a shelter pup that has a pending court case and cannot be posted on social media. If you aren't sure if your pup can be posted, just ask!
Take and Share Photos
Tell About Your Foster Dog
Northern Rescue Partner & Transport
The Maggie Society networks with Wags Rescue in Pennsylvania. Once posted (offered) to Wags, they are no longer available for local adoption as they work with adopters who commit before the pups arrive. Posting doesn't mean that the foster it definitely going on transport but it is certainly likely. The final list depends upon which pups are adopted or have a foster home lined up. Once the list is confirmed, you will be notified of the plans for transport.
As a foster parent, you may be contacted by an adoption counselor or a potential adopter with questions. This will help the adopter decide if your foster pup is a good fit for them.
In Other News....
So yeah, it happens to the best of us. Sometimes it happens more than once. We prefer to call it a "Foster Win". So if it does, here's the thing.... You must make the decision BEFORE an approved adopter has a "Meet and Greet" with your pup, and definitely BEFORE your pup is posted to Wags. The same rules apply to foster families as with other adopters, such as adoption fee, responsibilities, future vetting and care.
We encourage fosters who KNOW that they will eventually adopt a dog or puppy to consider fostering several dogs before making the "fail". Why? It's so easy to fall in love with every dog or puppy, but waiting for the right one to come along is so special. Each foster pup teaches us something new...learning about different breeds, knowing different rescue stories, correcting bad habits, recognizing great qualities, finding what works with training and routine. Every fostering experience you have is like "test driving". The knowledge you gain while fostering is invaluable. But if your first one is a keeper, so be it. You just know when you know! We will celebrate with you! It's only a "fail" if you are no longer foster!
Helpful Resources for Fosters from Rocket Dog Rescue and Best Friends Animal Society
Bringing A Foster Dog Home
Tips for bedtime, socialization, crating, and housetraining
(*Rocket Dog Rescue)
*Best Friends' Dog Foster Care Manual
This is a publication designed to help foster parents with Best Friends in the Utah area, however it is such a useful resource that it needs to be shared! Please ask questions about fostering, specific to The Maggie Society.