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Have you Ever Considered...

Have you ever considered saving a life?  Wouldn't it feel amazing to know that you made a difference in a dog's life?

By fostering, you give a dog a chance at a new life and you make a huge difference!  Sarah's Treasures Rescue is a foster based rescue, meaning that we rely solely on foster homes for our dogs.  Our foster families will be happy to tell you that it is amazing to know that you made a difference and it's an emotional journey to see the dog head off to their new forever home!  Sarah's Treasures Rescue happily pays for all supplies needed and takes care of food/vet expenses -- you simply provide the love, training, and time for your foster dog! 

Fostering is a life changing experience, but it's not for everyone.  We need foster homes that are serious in helping us and that are willing to communicate effectively.  Fostering can be difficult, and some foster dogs will have "Baggage" and need more training or time.  All of our foster families are required to complete an application, have references checked, and a home visit completed. 

We rely on kind-hearted people choosing to help us by fostering in order to continue to rescue/save dogs.  Many of our dogs come in as strays from the reservation or they are transferred to us from a high kill pound/shelter or sometimes just from another rescue needing help.  We also occasionally receive owner surrenders if we have a foster home willing to step up and help us out.

So if you've ever considered saving a life, please consider fostering for Sarah's Treasures Rescue -- you'd make a huge difference in a dog's life!

Additional information is available by emailing sarahstreasures@hotmail.com

We are all volunteers and we do our very best to get back to you in a timely manner. 

 Thank you for considering to help us save more lives!

Foster Home Application

Our Rescue is ALWAYS in NEED of more Foster Homes 

You can fill the application online HERE or you may call us to set up a time to meet in person to fill out the application.  Please make sure you have your vet and other references handy during the meeting.

Thank you for choosing to help a rescued pet!

What is A Foster?

A Foster is an individual or individuals who agree to take a pet(s) into their home that has been rescued by an organization. They are responsible for the day to day care of the dog – which can be anything from simply feeding them, giving them water and love and attention, to cleaning their ears, grooming, giving them medication, helping housetrain them, and addressing any minor behavioral issues.

Fosters are people who may or may not have other pets presently, but generally have lived with pets in the past and have some experience. Fosters are NOT people who are thinking of adopting and want to try pets out in their home to see if they are the right one for them. However, fostering is a good opportunity to get used to the idea of having a pet and determining if pet ownership is for you in the future.

The rescue organization’s ability to save the lives of abandoned petss depends on fosters who welcome these pets needing a second chance at a wonderful life into their homes while they are awaiting adoption. Since we do not place our rescue pets in boarding kennels or keep them in a kennel the majority of the day, the number of pets we can save depends on the number of foster homes we have for them.

Why do we use foster homes?

There are countless reasons why pets often end up homeless…most of them pretty unacceptable. The most generic reason would be a poor match between the pet and guardian, and leave it at that! One of the most important elements of fostering is to learn how to evaluate each pet and to help us determine what the best "forever" home might be for each specific pet. Knowing the temperament of the pet is a valuable tool in determining the forever home.

By placing each dog in a home environment, as opposed to kenneling them, we're able to determine the dog's personality and temperament, including ...

·Need to be (or not to be) with other pet(s)
·Ability to be home alone without being bored –resulting in barking, chewing, poor behavior, etc. ·Does he/she require one-on-one attention
·Compatible with different ages children
·Dog's activity level – does he need a yard?
·Extent of housetraining
·Health issues
·Behavioral issues

Common Questions

How long is a pet in a foster home?

Generally until the pet is adopted. This could be as little as a week, or, in the case of special needs or hard-to-adopt pets, a month or more.  At Sarah’s Treasures Rescue we offer different lengths that you are willing to foster be it only an emergency situation or just 2 month period of time.

What happens if I'm fostering and I have to leave town or it's not working out?

We will always try to work with fosters to make it work with their schedules. We want the experience to be a wonderful one for you. However, it is important that before making the commitment, you are prepared to foster for the amount of time you have stated. But if something occurs to prevent that from happening, we are there to support you.  At Sarah’s Treasures Rescue, if a pet is not working out we will figure out the problem, try and fix it, and if we can’t, we will take the pet and see if there is a different pet that would better fit into your lifestyle.

Don't fosters get emotionally attached to the pets they foster?

Of course, and we wouldn't have it any other way! But as anyone who has fostered can tell you, the greatest joy comes from watching the transformation from the time they arrive until the day they leave. What comes in usually as an undernourished, scraggly, insecure pup ultimately leaves as a confident, playful, affectionate pet ready for their second chance at a great life!! Opening your heart...and your home...to a needy pet, knowing that you have played a huge part in their transition from homeless to [hopefully] forever security...is a wonderful and satisfying experience.

Does it cost money to foster?

Sarah’s Treasures Rescue pays for all approved medical/vet expenses. We ask the foster homes to provide whatever they can otherwise we will work with you. We do not want fostering to be a financial burden on our foster homes and will supply help whenever possible.  We are always willing to supply a kennel/food/supplies need if necessary -- we are most concerned with the pet getting love and attention.

What are the requirements to be a foster?

The first and most important element is a desire to help save the lives of these precious animals. Despite the fact that people assume cute little pets don't need rescuing, we are constantly being contacted about maltese in need throughout the United States. You must be 18+ and have the consent of all in your household to. It's important to understand that the pets don't arrive "perfect". The basic "requirements" include being committed to helping, having compassion, patience, tolerance, some extra time and a bit of pet knowledge/experience (although extensive is not expected). What is of key importance to Sarah’s Treasures Rescue in selecting fosters is recognizing those individuals who take the responsibility seriously. It is often challenging, but always rewarding. A yard is nice but not strictly necessary. You must also have the understanding that the pets may not be housetrained, so being able to limit their exposure to your home thru gating or crating when not around, is important...not to mention having cleaning solution on hand!!

Do I get to choose the pets I foster?

We try our best to give options of different pets to foster based upon what type of pet best fits into your lifestyle.  Sometimes, there is not always a choice.  We do our very best to fit the pet to your family, but fostering is all about flexibility and patience.  You can always say ‘no’ to a certain pet.  We try to communicate efficiently with you about which pet is best and why it is.  Your concerns and questions are always welcomed and we will do our best to address each and every one.

I'm looking for a pet. Can I foster until I find the pet for me?

Fostering and adopting are very different. When you foster a pet, you are making a short-term commitment; when you adopt, it is a long-term commitment. One of our policies to avoid the "rent to own" syndrome is fosters cannot adopt the first pet they foster. This is really to dissuade people who are interested in adopting from fostering and "trying out" pets. And we really don't encourage individuals who are interested in adopting to foster. We do have fosters who adopt a pet they've been fostering, but fostering is not a "try before you buy" service. We're looking for people who truly want to rescue pets by giving them temporary homes, and that does mean saying "good-bye" when a good, permanent home is found. Finding the perfect, "forever home" for a pet in need is the greatest joy a foster can experience.

Is Fostering Right For Me?

Truthfully, not everyone is cut out to be a foster or a volunteer. Fostering is not always an easy job... pets are not always housetrained, some have minor behavioral issues, some are sick and need medicating, some need more attention than others... and some just want to lick your face, play with their toys and entertain you all day long! Fosters need patience, tolerance and compassion... and a desire to give from your heart. The best foster...the best volunteer...is an individual who truly wants to help the organization, the pets and experience the joy of seeing these orphans find their forever homes. Volunteering won't make you rich... but it will enrich your life!

Foster Application Required

You can fill the application online HERE or you may call us to set up a time to meet in person to fill out the application.  Please make sure you have your vet and other references handy during the meeting.

Thank you for choosing to help a rescued pet!