By fostering a homeless dog you become the bridge that allows a dog to go from being unwanted to becoming an adopted cherished member of a family. Sounds great, right? However, while fostering can be a very rewarding experience, it can also be frustrating and lots and lots and lots of added work. Fostering disrupts your daily routine and will likely challenge you at every level. This page describes the application process. The process allows you lots of time to get informed, ask questions and become familiar with SPIN and how we support our incredible cadre of foster families.
We appreciate you wanting to bring a foster dog into your home. Standard poodles are big dogs. They bounce. They twirl. They lunge. They have a big bark.
We ask that you carefully think about your situation.
Please take your adoption application seriously. This is your chance to tell us who you are. The following is a summary of what you will be asked on the application so that you can be prepared.
The Foster Application contains the following sections: Applicant Details, Family, Home, and Care and Preferences.
The Applicant Details section asks you to provide your contact details and details about yourself.
The Family section asks you to provide details about other family members and pets living in the home.
The Home section asks about the type of residence, whether you are an owner or a renter, and information about your yard.
The Care and Preferences section asks about who will provide the foster dog's primary care and the extent of their training and knowledge. This section is where you will need to provide references. You require a minimum of two references whom you have known for at least a year, plus the name of your veterinarian if applicable. You can also provide the names of your trainer, groomer and/or boarding facility contacts if you so wish. Additionally, you will need to answer some foster care situational questions. This will help SPIN understand the best foster dog for you and any additional training needs.
Review & Interview
We review your application. If we have any questions, we will contact you for clarity, typically by email. Once your application is approved, the foster team will reach out to you to have a conversation by phone. We will tell you all about SPIN and give you ample opportunity to ask any and all questions you may have.
Home Visit & Reference Checks
Once your application review is complete, a SPIN volunteer will contact you to schedule a home visit and discuss all-things poodle. During the home visit, we look for potential hazards that the foster may not have considered. All family members need to be at home at the time.
We will also phone your references including your veterinarian.
After all the above steps are completed, the Foster Team meets to review your application and make the final decision. You will be notified and we will arrange to bring you on board, sending you the Foster Handbook and Foster Agreement. We know. It's a lot. But our process works. Let's work through it together.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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