FOSTERING HUB

FOSTER MENTORS

Every new foster parent will have a Foster Mentor assigned to them. This is their primary contact for the rescue. Any issues you have should be addressed with the Foster Mentor. They will try to help keep you on track with having timely vetting done, as well as assist/guide the adoption process.

New Foster Checklist: HTTPS://DOCS.GOOGLE.COM/DOCUMENT/D/1QCU60LYVHLZU2POOE5E2XUNQMZ95-FSH8EKREBXMDNK/EDIT?USP=SHARING

List of Mentors and their Mentees: HTTPS://DOCS.GOOGLE.COM/SPREADSHEETS/D/1D26FBEKMOWGAKG5Y5IE2K0H9UI9F_JX9BAIEZNM2OEE/EDIT?USP=SHARING

WHEN YOU FIRST GET YOUR FOSTER PET

If you read & absorb one thing from this, please let it be that IF YOU WANT TO ADOPT YOUR FOSTER PET, DO THE APPLICATION IMMEDIATELY. Please DO NOT wait until your foster has an app to let us know you want to keep him or her. This is one of the best ways to make sure rescues look bad to the public, is getting their hopes up for an animal that was never available to begin with!

We appreciate so much that you are a foster parent. And we try our best to get your foster a home as soon as we can. But, as we are all volunteers, we can only do so much. If you want to help get your foster pet adopted as soon as possible, these are things you can do to help us and help your foster pet!

  1. READY TO GO: Make sure they are vetted ASAP and keep them fully ready to go. There is nothing worse than finding an adopter or a space opening up at an adoption space only to find the pet is not speutered yet, or is missing a vaccine. Get ‘er done as soon as you can!

  2. GOOD BIO: We ask you to do an intake right after you get the pet, but after you get to know her a little, make sure you help us flesh out her biography (ad!) by doing an updated INTAKE FORM. The more specific you can be, the better it is for finding a forever home. The more quirks you can tell us about, the better. And keep it fresh… if the pet has been in the rescue for a month, it’s probably time to refresh and tweak that bio and share more info you have learned about her.

  3. GOOD PICS: Good pics are incredibly important in finding a home when someone is not seeing the pet in person. We have a link to doing nice photos on our FOSTERING SUCCESSFULLY page. You can find more tips online. My TL; DR version is: bright, indirect light; get the light behind you but don’t cause a shadow; turn that flash off; get the pet’s attention with a toy or treat; then take LOTS of photos or even a video you can grab stills from. Still not getting photos that quite showcase how gorgeous your foster pet is? We have volunteer and professional photographers who work with the rescue! Keep those pictures fresh too!

  4. VIDEO: Once you have a good bio and good pics, a video is icing on the cake. Does your foster pet love to jump in the pool? Do a video. Does she chase her tail? Do a video. Does she purr like crazy when you rub her nose? You got it – video! You can also do a video where you have someone record you interacting with your foster and telling about her. Show her good side, whether that means you show her being sweet or playful. Tell all the GOOD things about her. Leave the bad things for the meet & greet. 

  5. REQUEST POSTS: Melissa asks for your pictures each week to be able to showcase on the Facebook page. Make sure you’re snapping-snapping-snapping away both photos and video so you have some good stuff to share! Yes, in this case the squeaky wheel gets the grease. No one has time to chase you down, but if you get good pics & video we will share them!

  6. JOIN & USE THE FAN GROUP: The fan group is new and it has just a fraction of the followers that our fan PAGE does, but ooh are those followers active. It’s very new and we already have had at least one big dog adoption from the group! And with the group, you can post directly; no waiting for someone else to do it for you! So please — pics & video! Pics & video! Then share! 

  7. EVENTS: Please come out to events. You can find the events listed on the Events tab of the Facebook page. We have so many animals in the rescue, and so few show up to the average event. You never know when your foster pet’s person is going to be at an event, looking for her! If you can’t make it, post in the Facebook group and bump it to find someone who may be willing to take your foster pet for you.

  8. MAKE YOUR OWN EVENTS: If you’re going to a dog-friendly restaurant, Starbucks, pet store, or even Home Depot, bring your foster pet. Tie an Adopt Me bandana around their neck and see whose eye she catches!

  9. SOCIAL MEDIA: Use your personal Facebook account, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, NextDoor… WHATEVER! You have a lot of contacts, and unless you’ve been doing rescue for a long time you probably have not given everyoneyou know an animal yet. Aim for that! Ask friends who have lots of friends on social media to do a post for you too! Any other way you can get the word out, do it!

  10. LET ‘EM GO: If your cat gets the opportunity to go to an adoption space or on a transport, LET THEM GO! We have so many new fosters resist the awesome opportunities we have. DON’T. Others don’t want to have to jump through the hoops to get their cat a transport exam & certificate. Yeah, it’s work.. but it gives your foster pet a future. Please… allow them to have the opportunities we are offering, and please cooperate!

Thank you for everything you do to help your foster pets survive & thrive!

ORANGE FOLDERS

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GROOMING

INFO

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CAT DISPLAY LOCATIONS

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INTAKE PROCEDURE

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CAT TRANSPORT

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BEHAVIOR TRAINING

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FOSTER PET CARE

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ADOPTION

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ADOPTION EVENTS

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VET CARE

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ADOPTION PROCESS

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WHEN YOU FIRST GET YOUR FOSTER PET

If you read & absorb one thing from this, please let it be that IF YOU WANT TO ADOPT YOUR FOSTER PET, DO THE APPLICATION IMMEDIATELY. Please DO NOT wait until your foster has an app to let us know you want to keep him or her. This is one of the best ways to make sure rescues look bad to the public, is getting their hopes up for an animal that was never available to begin with!

 
ORANGE FOLDERS

You will receive an ORANGE FOLDER for each of your foster pets.  The folder will contain:

  • FOSTER ANIMAL CHECKLIST *** SUPER IMPORTANT TO USE THIS AND FILL IT OUT!!!

  • Microchip information and Home Again tag for collar (if already microchipped)

  • Rabies certificate if animal is 4 months or older and has been vaccinated

  • Health Record (carbonless copy form)

  • A “What’s Included” sheet (carbonless copy form)

  • Marketing info from veterinary partner(s)

 

Keep this folder in a safe place. Bring it with you to any veterinary appointments so it can be updated as needed. Make sure you note any medication given or any appointment you have. Also you make sure you bring the folder along to any events or where your foster pet is on displayed; you never know when an adoption is going to happen! Once your foster is adopted, this folder will be given to the new guardians. Anything diagnosed/done to the pet should be noted on the Health Record; the folks at the veterinary office or with the rescue can help with that. New ORANGE FOLDERS are available for pick up our office in the entryway, or will be given to you by a Good Karma representative.

VIDEO: INTRODUCTION TO THE ORANGE FOLDER (new fosters watch this!)

 
INTAKE PROCEDURE  

Need supplies? Fill out request here: SUPPLIES REQUEST

Tech appointment at office: If your foster pet hasn’t yet seen a vet and you live within reasonable proximity to the office, please book an appointment to see a technician for as soon as you can. This doesn’t replace a regular veterinary visit, but the technician will be able to do things like vaccines, deworming, fecal exam, skin scrapes, etc. This means when you do go to the vet, we’ll take less of their time and resources. BOOK AN APPOINTMENT HERE.

FLEAS: Give a Capstar, for any age animal. Then, for animals 6 weeks and over, you can also apply a topical.

DEWORMER: Upon intake, please make sure your foster pet gets a dose of dewormer. For kittens & cats of all ages and puppies under 6 weeks, we use Pyrantel. For puppies over 6 weeks and dogs, we use Panacur. We start deworming at 2 weeks of age! If any visible worms, please send a photo to your mentor. You may also need an Allwormer tablet.

HEARTWORM PREVENTION: All dogs over 8 weeks should start on monthly preventative.

TICKS? Ask someone at office or with a vet box to give you a dose of NexGard, which is the only medication we have available that is effective for ticks. We only dispense this medication in case of ticks.

VACCINES: Healthy animals 7 weeks or older can also be given their first vaccine. Click here for info on when to give vaccines VACCINE INFO Calendar for when vaccines are given at office can be found at GOOD KARMA PET RESCUE CALENDAR.

INTAKE: Then make sure you fill out the INTAKE FORM. This should be done within 24 hours of you receiving the animal, and will get your foster into our database and on the adoptable websites. You can always redo the intake later when you have more personality details to share to help us write a unique and appealing bio.

Please remember that PICTURES AND VIDEOS in natural light at the level of the animal will help get them adopted. You may need to take tons to get a good one! Keep trying. It makes a HUGE difference! If pictures aren’t your thing, please make arrangements with a volunteer photographer to get good photos for your foster pet by asking your mentor or in the group.

NAME TAG: Any dog should have a Good Karma Pet Rescue name tag on her collar immediately, in case she runs away. Please take extra care when you first bring a rescue pet home to make sure they do not dart away from you, slip out of the leash, escape out the front door, etc.

SPAY/NEUTER: If your foster pet is not yet spayed or neutered and is over 8 weeks of age, please submit make an appointment with a veterinary partner or request a surgery with PET POPULATION CONTROL IN POMPANO HERE. Please do this ASAP as it takes a couple of weeks to get on the schedule.

 
FOSTER PET CARE

Safety first! Please make sure your foster pet has a collar with a name tag. If you have any extras for your pets, you can use one of ours. We also have plenty of them at our office for you to take, use, and re-use.

DOGS: Dogs should never be out of the house, unless in a secure yard, without being on a leash and wearing a collar with name tag. Skittish animals should have extra precautions, such as wearing a well-fitting harness, wearing a Martingale collar, or wearing multiple leashes, one of which may be a slip leash.

Foster dogs should receive heartworm prevention every month, which is supplied by the rescue and available at the office. Also keep the dog on monthly flea prevention.

Puppies under 4 months, or who aren’t fully vaccinated, should not be brought to a dog park.

CATS: Take extra care when going or out of your house when you have a foster cat. Never, ever have a cat or kitten outdoors while not secured in a carrier.

 

INTAKE FORM

Here is where you go to get your foster online.

 

SUPPLY REQUEST FORM

Need supplies? Fill out this form!

 

FOSTERING SUCCESSFULLY

Tips & Tricks.

BOTTLE BABIES

Everything on how to take care of bottle babies.

 

REIMBURSEMENTS

Get your money back!

Every new foster parent will have a Foster Mentor assigned to them. This is their primary contact for the rescue. Any issues you have should be addressed with the Foster Mentor. They will try to help keep you on track with having timely vetting done, as well as assist/guide the adoption process.

New Foster Checklist: HTTPS://DOCS.GOOGLE.COM/DOCUMENT/D/1QCU60LYVHLZU2POOE5E2XUNQMZ95-FSH8EKREBXMDNK/EDIT?USP=SHARING

List of Mentors and their Mentees: HTTPS://DOCS.GOOGLE.COM/SPREADSHEETS/D/1D26FBEKMOWGAKG5Y5IE2K0H9UI9F_JX9BAIEZNM2OEE/EDIT?USP=SHARING

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