Fostering And What To Expect

Breeder Release Adoption Service (BRAS), like most rescue organizations, was started to help give abused animals an opportunity to live in the care of people with great respect for the lives of animals.  We rescue dogs from breeding facilities, euthanasia lists from high kill shelters, owner surrenders, elderly, and hospice patients. Many of these dogs have been rejected because they were no longer wanted by their previous owners, or released from breeding facilities. Rejection by an owner and denial of a caring hand have a profound psychological impact on the rescued dog's personality.  Many of these dogs have trust issues in the presence of unfamiliar people.

Many habits are formed due to the abuse given by previous owners. The rejected dog may be more aggressive, regress from house training, and suffer from separation anxiety. The former breeding dog has been denied a loving hand from birth and most have lived in a cage their entire life.  They are never touched with kindness. When they are touched, it was most likely aggressive and painful.  Many breeders pick up their animals by the scruff of the neck or other body parts.  Can you imagine being a hundred pound German Shepard dragged by the neck to be moved to a breeding cage?  Most breeding dogs are not socialized and lived in cramped conditions with other dogs.  Many have to  fight for the available food and water, and do not have access to climate controlled environments. . 

Our organization is always in need of volunteers, most of all, foster parents.  Fostering is the best way to help one or more animals become acclimated to  living with people. Fostering a dog that has been neglected and/or abused can be challenging; They can test your patience and tolerance to the limit. Fostering responsibility means taking a psychologically damaged dog, and getting it ready for adoption into a  forever home.  These dogs are not house trained, can be destructive because they did not learn any boundaries, and can have aggression issues. As you can see, we are not looking for baby sitters, but rather people who understand the needs of abused and neglected animals.  A foster parent is a person who is willing to put in extensive time to work with these animals and watch them blossom into the wonderful companions they can be. Finally, a foster parent must be willing to let go of their foster dog to a new forever home when they know it is going to be a perfect fit.

The type of people we are looking for as fosters should have past or current experience caring for a dog, Preferably, people who are familiar with nurturing a previously abused animal. Everyone in the family should be committed to your foster dog. We prefer a stay-at-home parent for fostering. A foster parent needs to be adept at managing emails, adoption applications, and inquiries. Proper paperwork and cash handling procedures, volunteering at adoption events, dealing with the public, and representation of our group is crucial to the organization..  Fostering does not mean "test driving" the dog to see if it is going to be a good fit for your family.  These dogs are traumatized and harmed by multiple environment changes. When you bring a dog into your home to foster, the expectation is it will stay with you until its perfect forever home is found.

If fostering sounds like a worthy cause, fill out the adoption application and put "foster" next to the name of the dog.  We will contact you promptly.