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Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

  • 1.  Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-06-2017 04:00 PM
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    I've been talking to people about day outing programs (where pets can go to foster for just a few hours or a whole day), and I'm hearing a ton of success stories. It seems that day outing foster may be 'gateway' to longer-term foster and a way to increase the adoption of medium and large dogs. I'm wondering, does your shelter have a program like this? How is it run? Is the general public able to take dogs on day outings, or only approved foster caregivers and/or volunteers? How successful is it, and do you have any great stories for us?


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  • 2.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-06-2017 08:34 PM

    I looove this idea, as a person interested in fostering dogs. I have reservations about fostering because I have 2 young children, but a "day outing" commitment would be the step I would need to get back into the fostering door. If my local shelter offered this, I would take advantage of it. 

    It looks like a shelter in Hawaii offers this program....maybe you could go to check it out  

    http://www.hihs.org/services/fieldtrips


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  • 3.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-13-2017 12:43 PM

    In our city we have a group that rescues dogs from local animal control and places them with foster parents.

    The group rents an adorable house in an accessible area of town where foster parents drop the dogs off each day from 8-5. Potential adopters  are able to adopt while visiting the "adoption house".

    This group of foster volunteers raised the money to rent the house, staff the house and fund all medical care for the pets.

    They adopt out 30-40 dogs per month. Most incredible.


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  • 4.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-15-2017 09:56 AM

    SUCH a great idea!!


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  • 5.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-19-2017 09:45 AM

    I would love to contact the rescue that rents the house if you're able to share their name. What a fantastic idea!!


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  • 6.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-14-2017 02:40 PM

    We have a temp foster program called Bow Wow Break Out.  It allows for a 10 minute break out up to a 48 hour break out.

     

    Below is our protocol - We have had tremendous success the past two years! 

     

     

    Bow Wow Breakout Protocol – Pick-Up

     

    ·       The person participating must be a volunteer, staff, active foster or will need to complete the Bow Wow Breakout (BWB) Application and be approved by a member of the MACC management team.

     

    ·       Eligible animals must be:

     

    o    property of MACC (off stray hold)

     

    o   available for adoption

     

    o    spayed/neutered

     

    o   vaccinated for rabies. 

     

    Puppies under 6 months of age are not eligible for BWB. MACC Manager and MACC Medical Director have the authority to approve any additional animals for a BWB.

     

    ·       Staff processing the BWB will need to complete the following:

     

    o   Answer any participant question related to the dog and/or BWB process.

     

    o   Provide the participant with any and all meds needed for the duration of the BWB.

     

    o   Provide the participant with an overnight folder that will include:

     

    §  kennel card

     

    §  medical records

     

    §  personality and information form

     

    §  post-op information if needed

     

    §  Emergency Medical Contact Information

     

    ·       Remind participate that a BWB is up to 48 hours, anything beyond that timeframe will need to transfer into the foster adoption ambassador program. 

     

    ·       Place a memo regarding expected return in Chameleon.

     

    ·       Outcome the animal as a BWB Participate in Chameleon.

     

    ·       If the animal is returning within 24 hours, place BWB signage on kennel with expected date of return. This will place a hold on the kennel.

     

    ·       Initial all components on the BWB check off list.

     

     

     

    Bow Wow Breakout Protocol – Return

     

    ·       Process the animal “back” into the system. Follow appropriate chameleon return policy.

     

    ·       Collect any food or meds and request the Personality and Information Form, if they did not complete the form at home, ask them to fill it out before they leave the facility.

     

    ·       Return the animal to their kennel.

     

    ·       Place the Personality and Information Form in the programs office pre-approved location. (Box marked – “Bow Wow Breakout Forms&rdquo

     

    ·       Programs Office designee will enter the information into Chameleon.

     


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  • 7.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-18-2017 12:14 PM

    We have a Doggy Day Out program that allows members of the community to take our large kennel stressed dogs offsite for up to 24 hours. I have lots of documents to share if you are interested.


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  • 8.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 01-04-2018 01:32 PM

    Laura, I am very interested in learning more. Would you be able to email me? duer@maddiesfund.org


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  • 9.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 02-13-2018 11:32 AM

    Finn Dowling of Mutual Rescue fame will be in touch with you to share our SOPs and toolkits   Hope you love it as much as we do.


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  • 10.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 02-12-2018 05:09 PM

    Hi Laura,

    I am very interested in your program.  Would you email your documents?

     

    dtate@gptx.org

    Animal Services Manager

    City of Grand Prairie (TX)


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  • 11.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 02-13-2018 11:30 AM

    Finn Dowling of Mutual Rescue fame will be in touch with you to share our SOPs and toolkits   Hope you love it as much as we do.


    #FosterPrograms


  • 12.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-19-2017 09:35 AM

    We had a very different, but similar program. We had a program called Hiking Buddies. Obviously, the volunteers who participated have to go through specific training and follow specific guidelines. but the basics of the program is that volunteers could "check out" a dog for the day. Some volunteers would take the dog out on an all day hike, some would just take them down to the local park and introduce the dog to everyone they met. Some volunteers would take the dog to their home and spoil them. We promoted the program as a way for the community to get their dog fix and/or have a hiking buddy. It was very popular. The down side to the program was that not every dog was available to participate. We created a specific Hiking Buddies dog list every month. Like Laura below, I have all the documents for this program if anyone is interested.


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  • 13.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 12-19-2017 09:47 AM

    We're thinking of hosting "pack walks" in which fosters (and adopters) could bring their dogs out for a day hike and we'd invite a local trainer to join the group for the day. As a foster-based rescue, our goal is to help adopters who are having issues with their dogs learn tools and tricks to socialize their dogs, and for our fosters to do the same. Would love any information you have to share about Hiking Buddies!

     


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  • 14.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 01-03-2018 03:13 PM

    I would love to see the logistics for your program! Could you email them to me at kkduer@gmail.com? Thank you!


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  • 15.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 01-26-2018 03:10 PM
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    Yes! I attached our protocol! The program is wildly successful and innumerable animals have gotten adopted because of the exposure!


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  • 16.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 02-01-2018 02:26 PM

    Fred can you email me at fdowling@mutualrescue.org? I'd love to chat with you about your program.


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  • 17.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 02-04-2018 09:15 PM

    Question for everyone following the thread, how does insurance work for the off-site hike? Specifically are there any public shelters out there that are doing these hikes? 

    We are the friends-of organization of a city shelter.  If there are similar organizations out there doing these hikes, please advvad or contact me directly about the insurance question.

    Thank you.

    -Chris

     


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  • 18.  RE: Does your shelter or rescue have a day outing foster program for dogs?

    Posted 02-06-2018 01:48 PM