4Champ Foster's Faq's
I live in an apartment. Can I still foster?
Absolutely! With the price of rent, we could never discriminate against someone who does
not have a home. As long as you are able to provide the time and exercise required for your
foster dog, and your apartment allows dogs, we would be happy to have you as a foster.
Some of our dogs require a fenced in yard for their safety.
I have multiple animals of my own, can I foster?
Not likely. As foster dogs require one to one attention and training, there is not enough of
you to go around.
Why can’t I foster with small kids in my home?
For so many reasons, but safety being number 1. We never want anyone in harm's way,
especially another vulnerable life. Dogs can come with various issues that need to be
worked on, and kids can be quick and unpredictable. It is too much of a risk to take.
What is the average time of fostering?
We find that our average time for fostering an adoptable dog is anywhere from 1-3 months,
depending on the issues at hand. If a dog is healing for medical reasons, their stay may be a
bit longer. This may vary depending on the time of year, and depending what program your
dog is in. With our “Safe Haven Program” (formerly foster aid), pets stay the length of time
their owners need to settle. It is our goal to have adoptable dogs settle in their furever home
as soon as possible. Your foster dog is under assessment and observation with you for 1-2
Can I foster outside of Sudbury?
Our resources are within the Sudbury area. If you are outside of the Sudbury area, we do
expect that you have access to a car for the purposes of picking up your foster animal, vet
visits, bringing your foster animal to their meet and greet(s) and picking up any additional
supplies that may need to be replenished.
Does fostering cost money?
No and yes. We try our best to provide all required items for foster care, including a proper
fitting martingale collar, leash, food and treats (if we have them), however, non-essential
items such as toys, treats, and long lines are to be bought at the foster parent’s own
expense. We provide crates for our fosters, as crate training is a MUST. Some fosters opt to
provide their own crate, food, bed and other items, and this greatly helps free up resources
for our rescue to use on others who may require more assistance.
Are medical expenses covered?
All necessary medical expenses are covered by the rescue. We do ask however, that you
are able to bring your foster to their vet appointments. All dogs receive deworming and
flea/tick medication on a monthly basis to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.
Heartworm preventative is given during warm months and at our vets discretion.
Can I use a halti or harness if my foster dog is pulling?
You have the option to use a halti or harness (if we have any available, otherwise we have to
ask for a donation) in combination WITH a proper fitting martingale collar. Harnesses and
haltis do not teach proper walking skills, however, we understand it is very hard to talk a dog
that pulls a lot. Please use only as a safety resource, as we are trying to make our dogs as
adoptable as they can be! It is mandatory that all fosters wear and use a martingale collar.
You may double leash your foster dog if you decide you need a halti or harness. Please
introduce them slowly to either, with many treats and slow introduction settings.
I have other animals, can I foster?
Yes! Some of our dogs (especially the shy ones) need a confident leader to show them how
to dog. Some of our fosters need animal free homes, and we would always make this known
whenever possible. Resident animals must be fully up to date on vaccines and must be on
Can I travel while fostering?
Having your foster dog with you for their duration really helps their success, however we
know life happens. We will try our best to accommodate your schedule if you need to go out
of town. As much notice as possible (2 weeks preferred) is needed to help make proper
arrangements. On a case by case basis, sometimes your foster dog may travel with you.
Who should I contact if I have a medical concern?
Please email us at email@example.com for urgent medical concerns and
general medical questions.
Can I bring my foster animal to public parks/off leash parks or group play dates?
It's a solid no. We do not condone dog parks at all! They are a breeding ground for disease,
bad behavior and injuries.
What if my foster animal is not working out for me?
We try very hard to screen our fosters and be as transparent as possible so this does not
happen. We are a foster based rescue, and do not have the resources to move dogs quickly.
There are many issues that can be resolved through patience and training. Moving dogs
from foster homes once they have been placed adds unnecessary stress to the dog in an
already new and stressful situation. If you find yourself having issues and need advice,
please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk you through it.
What is the foster process?
We get an urgent request to help a dog, we look within our group for a foster, if we find
someone, the dog gets placed with them. They assess the dog for 1-2 weeks. If there are no
safety concerns, and the foster dog is medically fit, they will have a bio and pictures posted
and we will begin screening applications. We do not screen every application that comes in
for each dog - as this would take us months. We will share 3 top applications with you to get
your feedback, and if we should proceed with any - after all, you know your foster dog best,
and your feedback is appreciated. If none fit the bill, we keep looking. When suitable
applications come in, they are screened for references, vet checks, and character
Think you’ll be a foster fail? Let us know BEFORE your dogs bio goes up. We don’t want to
break any hearts!
What if I want to adopt my foster?
That’s great! We encourage you to formally apply for adoption. Please note that the adoption
process is much more extensive than the foster application, and as a result not all fosters
are approved to adopt their foster dog. We highly take into consideration your stability long
term, as well as your ability to financially provide the right home for your dog. Much of the
financial worry is taken out during your fostering time.
What is the adoption process?
Your dog will be posted online (Facebook, petfinder, Instagram) for adoption. We require all
potential adopters to apply online and be pre-screened before we schedule a meet and
greet. This process must be followed even if a family member, friend or co-worker wants to
adopt your foster dog. When your dogs top applications are prescreened and ready for the
Meet and Greet phase, you may reach out to them via email (DO NOT share your phone
number), or block your caller ID when phoning to book a Meet and Greet. After your meet
and greet with a potential adopter, please share your feedback with us via email- we will take
your thoughts and insight into consideration in selecting the best home for your foster dog.
What should the adoptive family come with on adoption day?
Martingale collar (please give them the measurements before hand), leash, ID tag (VERY
IMPORTANT). Please ensure the adopter is aware their dog needs to be crated for the ride
home. We will not make any exceptions, this is a safety issue. All dogs need to be in the
back seat securely in their crate ready for their car ride home. This is another transition your
dog will go through, and your foster dog will be redoing their 3/3/3 decompression period
again with their new home. Do not release your dog without approval from our founder,
APPLY TO BE A FOSTER
PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW IF YOU REQUIRE FOSTER AID FOR YOUR PET(S). IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY!
Omg you brought a rescue dog home, now what?!
The following rules were created to help you and your foster dog become successful in their journey to adoption.
🐾Be calm, exude zen, be confident.
🐾Open your foster dogs crate in a secure backyard, or inside of a house. Let them come out on their own, even if it takes an hour or two.
🐾Allow them to sniff their new surroundings, and wait for a pee and poo
🐾Attach proper fitting martingale collar, and all
proper ID tags and GPS unit if applicable.
🐾 Feed your dog small amounts, frequently for the first two days as they probably haven't had food in a while
🐾No talking. No touching. NO EYE CONTACT
🐾 Let your dog rest in their crate. Please do not be all up in their space. If your dog came in late, crate them for the night. Otherwise, a few hours of solid rest will really help regulate them
🐾 Remember, stress levels in your dog will not settle for weeks on end.
🐾Crate training is a must. If you have a shy dog, you may need to keep your crate closer to the main living space to ensure socialization.
🐾Don’t set a timed schedule in the beginning. Your dog will need a while to decompress.
🐾No need to rush walks, some dogs aren't ready, have never been on a leash, or have had really horrible experiences with leashes.
🐾Walking isn't about how far you go with your dog - it's about the quality of the walk. Don't move if your foster dog pulls, and always have treats on hand to redirect them to a loose leash
🐾Walk the same areas over and over again to ensure your dog knows where their new home is, and so they can spray their scents everywhere - a very good path if they run off.
🐾Use the leash to guide. It is recommended that every new foster dog remain on leash, both inside and out, for a minimum of 14 days. A leash acts as an extension of our arm, and this will help prevent having to reach for their collar which can be frightening to most new dogs - and will prevent you potentially getting bit. All new dogs are also flight risks, and
having a leash on helps for added safety.
🐾Go about your business, do not pay attention to the dog for the first 3-7 days.
🐾After 3-7 days, you can start paying more attention to the dog as a reward, they have to earn it.
🐾Use the crate during the day when home, and when you are not, as it can become a safe place, as well it helps to create independence.
🐾Calmness in the house, always. Initial period of low noise and low distraction levels. You can increase overtime, however there is a balance in pushing boundaries and letting them come to it on their own.
🐾“Ignore” the dog, let the dog come around on its time, not yours. They also need to earn your attention and affection
Respect distance when asked.
🐾Give proper body language, keep your composure, no fear, uncertainty, doubt, or feeling sorry for the dog. Shoulders back, head up, you are the boss.
🐾Consistent corrections to appropriate levels (i.e. Must match the crime) and without emotion. If you need a moment to collect yourself, crate them.
🐾Dogs will start showing their true self 7-10 days, first issues will start to present. This is when having all of your rules and boundaries established comes into play!
🐾NO furniture. Bed or couch. In the dog world, elevated positions like the couch or bed mean leadership.
🐾Approach sideways or present your back to the foster dog. (Less intimidating)
🐾Keep your hands below the foster dogs head. (Never reach over)
🐾When you pet/scratch your foster, start low on their body and go up slowly. (Start from the chest or side and work up to around their neck and head)
🐾When using hand gestures, never fully extend your arm, don't extend more than a 90 degree angle. (This is intimidating)
🐾Redirect negative behavior; make the foster dog change their mind, give options- offer them a toy or treat
🐾Aggression is not always aggression. Sometimes it is bossiness, separation anxiety, other anxieties, over excitement and reactivity.
🐾Absolutely NO dog parks.
🐾When you feed the dog, this should be a calm time. Have the dog sit and wait patiently while you get the food ready. Make sure they wait for a go ahead to eat. Crate feeding is a must. Ensure your dog eats inside of their crate or in a closed separate room
🐾Do not let the dog go in or out of the door before you. This also applies with stairs.
🐾Keep home animal to foster dogs separate or limited contact for the first 3 days. No rush to introduce them, do it when the foster dog is comfortable. Make sure to keep the dog on a leash during the introduction. Make sure both animals are calm when being introduced, after a long walk or a good play session. Nose to bum. They will let you know if they are ready. If they back away, do not try again until the next day
🐾Establishing leadership and rules from the beginning is important. You must be nice, but also fair to the dogs. Assertive but not aggressive. Some simple but good rules to follow are; to stay calm in the house, no barking or crying, food is off limits unless time for a meal, and no rough play indoors. We want to help these dogs gain manners, and be the most adoptable!
🐾Training sessions available for dogs with behavioral issues (usually takes place in your home, or the kennel, for approx. 1 hour. At no cost to yourself.) As a foster, we expect you to be able to handle things like leash skills, basic commands, manners and basic redirecting behaviors.
🐾Please under no circumstances should you have your foster dog off leash during the first 2 weeks, even in fenced areas foster dogs have been known to jump fences 6 ft tall, and most should not be fully off leash unless extensive training is done.)
🐾Fosters with child(ren): NEVER leave the foster dog and a child(ren) unsupervised. We expect you to ensure your children are not hurting the foster dog in any way, including climbing on them, putting their face up to the dogs, keeping the child(ren) away from the foster dog while they’re eating.
🐾If a foster is ill, keep an accurate log of details such as; signs, symptoms, circumstances -when, where, what and how much was eaten, how many meals were skipped, how many bowel movements, the consistency, colour, times, what precipitated the vomiting, the colour and consistency of any discharge, etc. This information will be helpful to diagnose, treat and monitor recovery
🐾Some kittens are timid having had no human interaction. These kittens will require consistent and positive interaction, touch, play and human contact to ensure they become domesticated and not revert to the feral state of those in the wild. These kittens are “special needs” and require an additional level of commitment, so consult a Coordinator for tips on raising these little ones.
🐾 Be aware of what houseplants are toxic to cats, as the ingestion of a toxic house plant, can cause fosters health to decrease rapidly, or even worse, result in death.
🐾THC is highly toxic for your pet. Please keep all products in a safe container, as well as monitor the ground for leftover bits on your walks
We know this is a lot of rules, however, when people have deviated from the rules, it's failed, and we have had dogs end up with bite records because of it.
We beg you, please follow these rules, as silly as some may seem. Safety is our #1 priority - yours and the dogs.
You'll be surprised at how aware you become of your own movements and actions! Thank you for your interest in fostering with 4Champ Animal Rescue. Without fosters like you, we are unable to save as many animals from really horrific situations. Thank you for being a part of our pack!