A Foster Home for Every Hound. It's how we roll.
If you adopted a hound from GPAMN, you might remember meeting the family who opened their home to foster your hound and helped your hound learn the ropes of retirement. Every hound that comes to GPAMN is fortunate enough to be placed into a foster home when they arrive. This means we need 70-90 homes to accommodate the number of hounds that we adopt each year.
Would you please consider opening your home to a foster hound? October is an especially important time for fostering because the Iowa tracks close for the winter, thus sending a flood of hounds into regional adoption programs. In order to bring in those dogs we need additional foster homes to accommodate the extra retirees.
Foster families are the lifeblood of our organization. They help the hounds learn all about their brand new life of retirement and how to become part of a new pack. They also help us to learn as much as we can about the hound's personality and needs so that we can match each dog to a compatible adoptive family and make successful, life-long adoption placements.
Your temporary fostering commitment makes a permanent impact in a hound's life. By opening your home to a hound for a short time you can make an immeasurable amount of positive impact on the life of each hound you foster. The foster home experience gives hounds a head start on the life they will have in their adoptive home.
With no kennel facility, every hound that comes to GPAMN must have a foster home waiting before we can bring them into our program. Potential adopters submit applications every week, but we are only able to bring in the number of dogs for which we have foster homes. We have a list of foster homes that we contact whenever a haul is planned, but not every home is able to foster for every haul, so we are always looking for additional foster homes to add to our availability pool.
You will be surprised how rewarding the fostering experience can be. When these hounds come in from their previous racing life, they learn so much about home life in such a short period of time. You will see their personality blossom before your eyes as they adjust to their new life and surroundings. Even though you may think it will be hard to let them go, or are afraid that you will become completely attached to them, the knowledge that they will be going to a wonderful new home and a loving forever family makes the entire process so worthwhile! You help to teach them and love them for a brief, but very meaningful, period of time so they can take the next big step into the rest of their life.
Becoming a foster home doesn't mean you will be fostering a dog all the time. We bring in hauls approximately once a month to fulfill approved applications and to have dogs available for new incoming applications. While there are some foster homes that take a dog from almost every haul, we don't require you to commit to fostering for every haul. The more foster homes we have available, the more flexibility we have for placing hounds when they arrive on the haul. Even if you are only able to commit to fostering a few dogs a year, or only during certain times of the year, it's still immensely helpful to us to have the support when you can take in a foster hound.
We would love to answer any questions you might have about fostering for GPAMN. Our Foster Coordinator can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org to help you understand the process of fostering and to provide any additional details you need.
We appreciate your consideration and hope to hear from you soon!
How much time do I need to commit?
In most cases we try to keep your commitment to a matter of weeks. Even if you are only able to foster for a short time, it is still very helpful to us. Sometimes foster homes need relief over a weekend, or for vacation etc, and having short-term, back-up homes is extrememly helpful for shuffling hounds. We work with you and your schedule to make sure your hound always has a place to stay.
Is it difficult? How will I know what to do?
While every hound comes with their own unique personality and set of new experiences, it's not as scary or difficult as you may think. We're here for you to answer questions, help you through difficulties, and make the transition as smooth as possible for both you and the hound.
Is it expensive?
GPA pays all vetting costs and provides a monthly gift card for feeding expenses. The only costs to you are driving to/from vetting appointments and to/from adoption showings.
What if I already have other pets?
Most of our foster homes have pets of their own. If you have a cat we make sure to match you with a dog that can be taught to live with a cat.
What if I fall in love with my foster and want to adopt?
Because our matching process has many constantly changing elements (based on applicant status/needs, dog status/needs, adoptions taking place, etc.) and because nearly all matching scenarios take place behind the scenes, we are not planning for the foster home to adopt their foster hound. If you are thinking about adopting a hound, we ask that you submit an Adoption Application before you begin fostering so that we understand your situation and can work with you to meet your needs and avoid any disappointment.
Where can I learn more about fostering?
Please get in touch with us at email@example.com. We can answer any questions you might have about fostering.