Foster Homes are temporary homes for rescue Cairns. They are the backbone of our rescue program. It is at the Foster Homes that rescue Cairns are housed, fed, provided necessary veterinary care, evaluated and rehabilitated from the time they enter rescue until the time they are adopted into a loving forever home. No experience is necessary to become a Foster Home, just general common sense, the desire to save a Cairn's life, some general pet knowledge, an hour or two a day, a crate for the foster Cairn to be fed and sleep in, and the room to keep your foster Cairn separate from your house dogs at least until they get acquainted with each other. We'll guide you every step of the way and the experience of helping a rescue dog can be very rewarding:
A Foster Mom's Reward
by Eileen Czablewski
The night my foster dog, Alvin, arrived was hot and humid. No rain yet, just loud, crackling lightning. Alvin had gone from the puppy mill, to a vet, and then on the road for almost a week. Fred and I went out to Scott's van, and he opened the back and handed me a dirty, shaking, little bit of shaved Cairn. While talking to Scott holding this stinky little guy, I could feel how much he was shaking, so I walked back into the house and right up the stairs to the bathroom. I had my own Cairns in the kitchen so as not to scare him any more then he already was. I filled the tub with warm water with a little scent. I had to wash him, let water out, and wash again. There was eleven years of filth on him. I took him out and wrapped him in a big beach towel and took him into the TV room to dry on my lap, and then it happened. This little guy looked up at me with a face shinning with love. I have never seen such a look, not from all of my Cairns, and I was hooked. I held this little fellow close to me and I cried, I think for all the years he had missed. To this day, I am thankful that I am with people that make it possible for me to help the little Alvins who cannot help themselves.
Because we'll be entrusting you with our rescue dogs, we require that all Foster Homes complete a Foster Home Application and provide 3 references. Upon your being notified that you have been approved as a CRUSA Foster Home, you will be required to sign and return by mail a copy of our Foster Home Agreement. Please read this document carefully, as it tells you our terms and conditions for fostering and obtaining reimbursement of your expenses. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the Foster Home Agreement. To download Acrobat Reader, click the button below:
The time that you have a foster dog in your home will vary with the dog but you can tell us at the time we contact you to foster what you can or are willing to handle. Younger, healthier dogs tend to be short-term fosters, seniors or dogs with special needs can take longer to place. Puppy mill survivors vary depending on how much damage done at the puppy mill needs to be undone with love and care by the foster home. These dogs tend to be very shy at first and must be taught by the foster home that humans can be kind and need not be feared.
On behalf of our rescue dogs, Thank You for your willingness to volunteer and save a life!
Foster Home Application
Thank you for your willingness to become a foster home and help save a Cairnís life! The information you provide in this application will greatly aid us in determining what your experience and limitations are, how much guidance we should provide you, and what kind of rescue Cairn you can handle comfortably.
Foster Home Agreement
Please print the Foster Home Agreement document. This document must be completed and mailed. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it. To download Acrobat Reader, click the button below: