What does fostering a greyhound involve?
Fostering involves taking a homeless hound into your home and teaching it how to be a pet dog in a house. Many of the homeless hounds may never have been in a home environment and need to learn basic skills.
Whilst you are fostering we will ask you to tell us as much as you can about the dog so that we can find the best home to match the temperament of your foster dog, we have a questionaire that you can complete and return to us electronically, also one of the fostering team will be in contact with you via phone and also via the forum, we also ask you to update the foster dog section on the forum occasionally to keep all the SGS'ers up to date with the dog currently in our care.
When a possible permanent home has been found, we will pass your details onto the prospective family so that they can ask any questions they have about your foster dog, at that point you can arrange for them to come and meet the dog or for you to take the dog to them, the SGS fostering team and rehoming team will guide you through this.
How long will I have a foster dog for?
It just depends on how long it takes to find the right home for the dog, this could be in a matter of days or it could go into months, your SGS team will keep you updated on any potential homes for your foster dog.
Will my foster dog be house trained?
Most greyhounds are used to life in kennels so they are ‘kennel trained’, which means they are mostly clean in their kennels. You need to reinforce this routine by taking the dog outside frequently at first and praising them when they toilet.
Most adult dogs are usually clean in the house quite quickly but some take a bit longer and you do need to expect a few accidents at first.
Your SGS fostering team will be on hand with help and advice if your having difficulty toilet training your foster dog.
What will my foster dog arrive with?
Every foster dog comes with an SGS collar, identity tag, muzzle, lead & a coat in the winter.
We can provide crates and food if necessary.
Can I foster more than one dog?
We do have fosterers who foster more than one dog; it depends on your individual circumstances, eg other pets, and your level of experience with dogs.
If you want to foster more than one dog please discuss this with the SGS team.
What happens if I have a problem with a dog?
Your SGS fostering team will be on hand to help you with any problems you may encounter, most foster dogs have come from kennels and have never lived in a house so they need time to settle and get used to a very different life from what they have been used to, most of them do settle quite quickly.
However If your foster dog doesn’t fit in with your household we ask that you contact SGS asap. SGS will endeavour to support you to work through the dogs issues as the least a dog has to move around the better. The SGS team are all very experienced and we have an on team Behaviourist that can offer specialist advice if needed.
Issues are more likely to occur in foster homes that have other dogs and/or cats, where a greyhound
doesn’t settle well around your other pets. We ask that you exercise common sense until we can relocate the dog and keep the greyhound separate from them.
What happens with veterinary care?
SGS will cover all veterinary fees for your foster dog while it is in your care, providing the vet trip has been discussed and agreed with a member of the team beforehand (except in emergencies of course).
We'll ask our fosterers to take their dog to the vets if they require any of the following:
• Microchipping/scanning for microchip and passing the number to the fostering team.
• Teeth cleaning if required (this must be discussed with your fostering co-ordinator first)
Also if they have any existing racing injuries.
SGS has accounts with veterinary surgeries throughout Scotland we will book the greyhound
into the closest surgery to you. In the case of a life threatening emergency we ask that you take your foster to the closest vets and get in touch with your fostering contact or phone the SGS number 0845 6439335
Will my foster dog need to wear a muzzle?
SGS insist that all ex racing greyhounds and ex working lurchers are muzzled whilst in public at all times to keep us in line with our public liability insurance.
Can I foster if I go out to work?
Yes, if your work pattern or your circumstances are quite flexible. When a new dog arrives he or she does need at least a few days to settle in before they can be left so fostering does not suit everyone who goes out to work.
It depends on your individual circumstances so please contact SGS to discuss this.
Can I foster if I have young children?
Yes, as long as we are satisfied that you understand the need for constant and close supervision of dogs around young children, and that you will provide this.
You also need to understand that the dog will not have been assessed around children before they go into a foster home. That is part of the role of the fosterer. Take a look at our information sheet on Greyhounds and Children.
Can I foster a greyhound if I have a cat?
Yes, SGS attempt to assess our dogs around cats, this is only a brief assessment to assess if the dog can be trained to live with cats and not an assessment to say they are 'safe with cats'. If you have a cat and would like to foster please read our information sheet on Greyhounds and Cats.
What if I fall in love with my foster dog and decide to keep it?
Don’t worry, this is a common occurrence! Often fosterers become very attached to their foster dog and wish to keep them.
Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary is more than happy to accommodate this as long as a potential adoptive family has not already met the dog and agreed to adopt it. If a foster home wishes to keep a dog, please contact your Fostering contact asap and you can join the exclusive FF (Failed fosterers) club!