What is fostering all about?
The purpose of a foster home is to place a rescued basset immediately into a normal family situation - NOT A KENNEL - as soon as practical. Our bassets may come from a pound or from a family moving to another city; a temporary foster home is the best place for the basset to adjust to its changed circumstances and, hopefully, to be adopted.
Ideally, a rescued basset spends no longer than thirty days in a foster home. Fostering longer than that is very hard on the basset because by then it may think of the foster home as its home! Also, if you are thinking of adopting that basset, we believe that thirty days will give you enough time to decide whether it is the basset for you. We try very hard not to move our bassets from home to home, and hope, should you decide to adopt one of our bassets, that you will consider the adoption a commitment for the basset's life. Of course, the foster parents always have the first right of first refusal to adopt the basset they are fostering.
What is my responsibility?
We ask that foster parents keep using the basset's original name while they are fostering it. If you decide to adopt the basset, and should you want to change its name, it will be less confusing to the basset if you use both names for a time. Try to select a new name that sounds somewhat like the old one.
A foster parent is responsible for the rescued basset's basic needs such as food and shelter. A fenced area large enough to allow the hound plenty of room to run and play safely is a must. Basic health requirements such as shots, spay/neuter (and, if necessary, heartworm treatment) are paid for by Basset Rescue. If the rescue needs veterinary care follow-up, the Foster Care Director will discuss with you any arrangements.
We recommend using a harness if available for walking your basset. However be sure any harness or collar is secure and the basset is unable to slip out. Please NEVER leave a choke chain on a basset. Dogs have died by hanging when the choke chain caught on a fence picket, nail, etc.
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