Our Volunteers are the backbone of this organization and vital to our success. Rescue is not always easy work and at times it is a thankless job, but we promise you a heartwarming journey with a tremendous amount of personal fulfillment if you decide to join us in this exciting adventure.
There are numerous ways in which you can get involved and no effort is too small in our eyes. Thank you in advance for the wonderful service you are about to provide to our dogs! We look forward to working together with you to make a difference in the lives of the many dogs in need!
Some opportunities include but are not limited to the following:
1. Writing thank you notes
2. Transporting dogs from shelters or to and from vet appointments
3. Helping with coordinating adoptions events
4. Fundraising event hosting and planning (can you say fun?) at various venues, including annual garage sale
5. Much, much more!
Ready to get going? Start here: Volunteer Form.
Fosters are the heart of our program. Since we are a smaller rescue we have more of a family feel than larger organizations. We all get along great and many of us have become good friends outside of the rescue:). One thing that sets us apart from other rescue groups is we let the foster decide what type of dog he or she would like to foster. We never want you to feel like you are pressured to take a dog that you don’t want to foster.
Ready to get going? Start here: Online Foster Application
What are the responsibilities of a Foster Family?
- Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
- Provide food, water, toys/enrichment, and shelter (If fostering a litter TSDR will supply food)
- Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
- Provide housetraining, crate training (when appropriate), leash training, and indoor manners skills
- Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
- Transport to/from any necessary vet/training appointments
- Transport to/from offsite adoption events
- Above all please love and care for any foster dog as if they were your own
When we are contacted about a dog that needs to come into rescue, we will line up a foster home typically before they come in. We determine which foster home is most appropriate based on what we know about the existing pets, family members, and any special circumstances. Texas Sweeties Dog Rescue cannot guarantee the health or disposition of any foster dog. We do not always receive past records for these animals and there are some risks associated with taking in foster dogs. Please be sure that everyone in your family is comfortable with your decision. One of the board members will be in touch when we have a foster dog coming in that we’d like to place with you!
All dogs in our program will be:
- microchipped upon arrival and a foster tag must be placed on their collar immediately due to the fact that many of these dogs are very scared coming into a brand new environment.
- spayed/neutered, vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, and Bordetella
- heartworm tested
- any pre-existing medical conditions that they may come in with will be treated.
We work with a variety of vets that give us discounted rates, so we can talk about who would be most convenient for you based on where you live and what procedures are required. We are also more than willing to negotiate a new relationship with a vet in your area if we don’t already have a pre-existing relationship to make it as convenient as possible for you to get your foster dog to all necessary appointments.
If a foster dog comes in requiring training, we ask that all foster families work with them as much as possible at home on basic commands with the positive reinforcement techniques. However, if we determine that your foster dog requires more extensive training or socialization in a group class or through a private session, we will make arrangements accordingly. It would be your responsibility as a foster to get them to their vet or trainer appointments.
Many of our foster dogs have been through so much before they get to rescue that they suffer from separation anxiety. We also get a lot of puppies who are destructive, so we do encourage crate training in those situations. If you do not have a crate to use for a foster, we sometimes have extras in rescue we can loan you.
While a foster dog is with you, you will be responsible for keeping the board members informed regarding the dog’s true temperament, training needs, and any other special needs. We also may call upon you for feedback and advice when considering potential families. Your cooperation and regular communication will be essential to empowering Texas Sweeties Dog Rescue to find the best possible match for each dog that comes into our program and ensuring their long-term success.
Texas Sweeties Dog Rescue will keep foster dogs in our program for as long as it takes to find them the perfect forever home. Some dogs will only stay for a couple weeks, others may stay for months. There is no hard and fast rule, and we ask and hope that our foster families will be patient and understand this part of fostering. If you have any trips planned while a foster is with you, we ask that you make arrangements for the foster as if they were your own dog. Please pass along contact info for pet sitters or the name and number of where they will be staying in advance of your trip. We will do our best to assist you in the case of any emergencies, but otherwise it is your responsibility to plan accordingly.
Once a match has been determined for your specific foster, we will coordinate with you to set up a meet & greet with the potential forever home. As the foster parent you are the most knowledgeable about the temperament and needs of the dogs. We encourage you to share your experience that you have had with your foster dog(s).
If we place a foster dog with you and your family, you do have the option to permanently adopt your foster dog if the board members agree they are a good match for your family and you notify us prior to us promising the dog elsewhere. You will have to fill out an adoption application and sign an adoption agreement and you will be asked to pay the adoption fee just like everyone else. Because we value our fosters and want them to continue fostering with us we only allow one adoption per household.
As far as recommended items to have on hand for fosters:
- cleaning supplies (nature’s miracle, steam cleaner, etc)
- dog bed
- all natural treats
- Bully sticks
- White rice, chicken/beef broth, plain yogurt and cottage cheese are all things to keep on hand for your picky new foster, or foster with an upset belly.
- *NO rawhides or pig skins