Why Foster?

By | November 15, 2004

One of the most important things that we do as a Greyhound rescue group is fostering. When we bring in Greyhounds off of the track it is important that they begin to understand that they have a new life. At first we give them any medical care, vaccinations and their first baths. Once we have checked them over they then are brought to a foster home until we find a permanent home for them. It is the job of our foster parent to show our retired Greyhounds how to be pets. At this time in the foster home it is also the job of the foster parent to watch the behavior of the Greyhound and understand what kind of house they will fit into. When you are a foster you should expect to have the foster dog in your house for at least ten days. During this time it is important for the foster parent to keep a log of what is going on with the foster dog.

What you receive from Greyhounds 2 Go Adoptions for your foster dog:

  • Food and water dish
  • Dog bed
  • Medications
  • Dog food

 

Your responsibilities as a foster parent:

  • Housebreaking the Greyhound. This should be a task that is not too difficult. Greyhounds are trained to not soil in their crates. You need to show the Greyhound that the entire house is their crate and that they need to ask to go outside to relieve themselves. For the first few days you must watch them and take them out in regular intervals. Praise your foster when he/she relieves themselves outside.
  • Greyhounds do not understand what things like mirrors, windows, sliding glass doors, floors, stairs and other animals are. It is the responsibility of the foster parents to show them what each of these are. They need to understand what glass is and how to respond to it. They also need to be trained to go up and down stairs and how to walk across different styles of flooring. One thing that you will learn is that Greyhounds are quick learners.
  • Greyhounds have never been socialized with other people and breeds of dogs. It is the responsibility of the foster parents to introduce the Greyhounds to new surroundings. Taking them to areas where you can introduce them to other people and other dogs will do wonders for a newly retired Greyhound.
  • Greyhounds have never had the chance to play with toys. Allow them to see if playing with toys is something that they enjoy. They have never had the opportunity to just have fun. Help them to learn that it is alright to play, but with boundaries.
  • Initial training of the Greyhound. Teaching them commands such as “no”, “stay” and “come”. This training allows the Greyhound to understand basic obedience that will allow it to adjust better to it’s new home.
  • If you have a cat we will send you a foster that is “cat safe” and you need to watch the reactions of your foster with your cat. Greyhounds 2 Go Adoptions place many “cat safe” Greyhounds in homes with cats and we need to know what the reaction of the Greyhound is so that we can let the adopter know what to expect.