Adoption FAQ

Great! So when you get my app, Oprah calls and yells, "YOU get a Corgi!" Right?

Sort of. Getting your application approved is Step 1, and it’s a big step. But then we have to find your corgi. We don’t have a shelter. But we do have foster homes. When we learn of a corgi, they are usually not close to us because life rarely works out that way. To avoid having a corgi travel long distances, we will typically connect the corgi to another rescue more local to where the corgi is. But for the ones we can travel to get or who we can easily transport, yes, those will come to us.

Do you transport? Is there a corgi cargo train?

Can you imagine a train full of corgis? That would be amazing! But no, we work with other rescuers to transport the dog. There are Department of Agriculture guidelines for transporting animals across state lines, all must have health certificates to do so. Generally speaking they have to be spayed or neutered and be up to date on Rabies to get the Health Certificate. There may be some private individuals we can ask to assist and that may bypass the hold time and health certificate but for the most part, the transport takes a bit of coordination.

Then you call me?

We’d be in touch with you prior to the transport happening. The moment we find a dog that’s a match to you or any of our other approved applicants, we DO NOT advertise it on Facebook unless we can’t get in touch with you or anyone else quickly. We’ll message you by Facebook, email, text, etc with details we know of the corgi to try to find out “Is this a possibility?” You can give us a definite “no” or a “maybe.” If you say maybe, we’re getting the dog. We’ll find a backup foster just in case, but with even a partial commitment from you, you’re going to have first chance as long as you have completed our application.

What if the corgi doesn't come by corgi cargo train?

Okay, you know the cargo train isn’t really a thing, right? It’s just a bunch of people who love corgis, meeting in parking lots off of interstates and transferring el Stumpy Legs to the next vehicle. But if we’re able to get the corgi locally, we have to vet it first. We need to do all the same things that would have been done had the corgi been located elsewhere in the country and had to travel with the health certificate. Instead of two weeks then travel, the corgi comes to us, but then has to be with us for a couple weeks. If we think you’re okay to foster then we could actually foster the dog with you so you can test the waters, while we get through the vet appointments.

If I have an approved application, wouldn't I be okay to foster too?

Because, some corgis are crrrrazy. If you have had corgi experience, or you are open to having a corgi with weird quirks, or personality flaws as we’ll call them, then fostering might work. If you’re new to the world of dogs, we don’t want to dump a non-housetrained bossy corgi who snaps at children and other animals if you have have triplet toddlers, cats and Persian Carpets. Our rescues go into an experienced foster home for a minimum of 2 weeks. Once the foster has evaluated the dog they give us a summary of their personality. At that point we work to place them.

How much are your fees?

Depending on the age of the corgi, the vetting and fees required to get them healthy, fees run from $100 to $500.

Read This First

Please take the time to look through this list for answers to our most commonly asked questions before leaving a comment on a post or sending us a message. Due to high volumes of questions and the fact that we are a volunteer run rescue, we may not have the time to answer each question individually, and most of your questions may already be answered here.

Fostering FAQ

Why do you need Fosters?

We can only rescue as many dogs as we have foster homes for. Local animal shelters euthanize dozens of healthy and friendly dogs each day to make space for the new ones coming in due to limited holding space. Foster homes also help people in our community. Often we receive requests from people who need to surrender their beloved dogs instead of taking them to the local animal shelter where they will most likely be euthanized. We hear from elderly people unable to take care of their dogs; families whose child is suddenly allergic or has other issues with the family dog; people who have lost their jobs or homes; and people moving into apartments where there is no room for dogs.

What is a dog foster parent?

A dog foster parent provides a temporary home for a homeless dog while it’s waiting to be adopted. The foster parent provide basic care including love and affection, food, heartworm and flea/tick prevention, and shelter. A foster parent is responsible for preparing a dog for its permanent home and acclimating it to living in a home by teaching it basic house manners and, if needed, working with a trainer or behaviorist on any behavioral issues. The foster parent might also help transport a dog to the veterinarian, and providing crate rest as needed for medical issues such as heartworm treatment.

Who can foster?

If you can open your heart and home to a homeless animal, you can foster. Please send us an application. Each dog may have it’s own criteria for the perfect foster home. Also, we don’t place our rescues in homes with children under the age of 8 to 10, depending on the child’s maturity level. Although some corgis and children do well together, these are rescues, and as they are herding dogs we don’t want to take chances.

How long must I foster?

We prefer that you commit to fostering your dog until an adoptive home can be found. Unfortunately, we cannot predict how long this will take. It depends on the dog’s age, special needs, temperament, and the time of year. Time varies from a few weeks to a few months. If you can only foster for a specific period of time, please be certain to indicate this up front. Sometimes another foster home can’t be found, which means that your dog must go to a boarding facility.

What if my foster dog has to go to the vet?

All vetting is paid for by us, but we prefer that you take the dog to the vet of our choice. Please contact us before taking your foster dog to the vet, unless it is an emergency. We have special rescue pricing agreements with certain vets. In emergencies, if you cannot reach us, you may take the foster dog to the closest open vet of your choice.

Do I have to crate my foster dog?

We highly recommend it! We cannot guarantee that a dog is housebroken, won’t chew your items, and won’t hurt him/herself or your other pets when unattended. The safest way to protect your home and the dog is to use the crate. Alternatively, you can keep the foster dog in a separate confined area. In time, you may find your foster dog doesn’t need the crate. But make that decision only after you “test run” the dog a few times and really get to know the dog and his/her behavior.

What if my foster dog isn't working out?

We always try to ensure a good and safe foster match. However, there are times when a foster dog doesn’t work out. If so, please contact us as soon as possible. If the issues are minor, we will work with you to address them. Many times, problems can be solved by trying a few new things and/or by giving the dog time to adjust to your home. We may also have a trainer work with you. Other times, a dog may simply not be a good fit for your home or lifestyle. We will always take the foster dog back if an issue cannot be resolved. However, we ask that you give us sufficient time to make a plan, unless it is a safety concern/emergency.

Can I adopt my foster dog?

Yes, so long as we all feel it makes sense. But keep in mind that adopting your foster dog may mean that you can no longer foster. We’ll be sad to lose you! Think through the decision carefully so that you are not deciding to keep the dog solely because it is too difficult to let him/her go. The first few foster experiences can be difficult, as you’ll get attached and may have trouble letting go. But remember, your role as a foster parent is invaluable! As an adopter you may only be able to save one dog’s life, but as a foster parent you have the potential to help dozens of dogs.

What if I don't like a prospective adopter?

Foster volunteers should, as much as possible, give input regarding the home in which their foster dog gets permanently placed. We recognize that you have probably developed a close bond with your foster dog and want to make sure he/she gets only the best home. You will need to work closely with our adoption coordinator to determine if an adopter is suitable.

What if I have to leave town?

Please notify us ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for your foster dog to go elsewhere while you are gone. Some foster parents (who have other pets) have dog sitters who will also watch their foster dog. Others like to travel with their foster dog. Others may have a boarding facility they work with. We are open to ideas, but generally cannot afford to cover the costs of dog sitters or expensive boarding facilities. If you cannot, we will try to help you make arrangements with another foster volunteer. Be sure to give us enough warning so that we can help you make these arrangements. Keep in mind that holidays can be difficult to find space and are expensive. The more advance time we have, the better!

Can I take my foster to the dog park?

Absolutely, but only after you get to know the dog and know that he/she will do well in that environment. Going to the dog park prematurely may result in a fight, and we cannot afford expensive vet bills. And of course, we don’t want your foster dog or any other dog harmed. And NEVER take your dog off-leash unless you are in a fully fenced, secure area. Be aware, too, that some dogs like to climb or jump fences, so be sure to pay close attention the first time you take your foster dog off-leash. You will be surprised at how some corgis can jump! Your foster dog should always have an ID tag with your contact information on it. This is vital. Putting your foster dog in a situation that could bring danger to him or others is something every foster needs to think carefully about.

What if my pet gets sick from my foster dog?

To prevent this, we strongly suggest that all your pets be current on their vaccinations, use flea/tick prevention, and have the bordatella vaccine (for kennel cough). In order to prevent your pet from getting intestinal worms (which are passed through the dog’s stool) you should pick up each dog’s stool immediately. Pets that are current on their vaccines usually will have no problems with foster dogs, or the problems that do arise are small and very easily addressed.

May I rename my foster dog?

It depends. Dogs that were turned into a shelter may have had their names for years. In that case, we recommend against giving them a new name or suggest you find a name similar to their existing one.

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