FOSTER CARE PROCEDURE
Words of deep appreciation go to you wonderful people who have offered
to share your home with a Rescue Old English Sheepdog. NEOESR, Inc. can
and will be providing any necessary medical care for the Rescue OES in
your care. The one thing that we can not give and you can is the daily
love and caring that our beloved breed needs so much, especially those
who may have had a "rough" time in life. Your input about the
Rescue dog that you care for is essential in helping us find the right
placement for the dog, and we appreciate and value your opinion with
regard to this.
We will try to screen dogs well before placing them in Foster Care,
but some behaviors may not show up in the kennel situation they may come
from. At times the lack of knowledge about a particular Rescue Dog requires
that he/she be placed in Foster Care to enable us to know the dog better
and to determine the best placement for that dog.
We realize that having a Rescue OES in your home is a major responsibility
for you, and we will try to help make it a pleasant experience. Please
contact us if you have any questions. We hope that the placement in your
home will be a short one, but if at any time you find it to be too much,
just contact the Hotline (781-259-8173).
Again, we want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for this unselfish
act of sharing your love and home with a Rescue Old English Sheepdog.
The following guidelines have been established to help you to understand
what role is expected of a Foster Home.
- Please do not let the dog off lead unless a) you are in a fenced
area, or b) you know the dog well enough to know it will come when
called and is fine with other dogs, cats, etc. that it may come in
contact with. 2. If you want more freedom for the dog than regular
lead provides, please use a 20' - 30' lead or line. Never tie the Rescue
dog outside unattended,
- Introduce all new situations to the Rescue Dog slowly until you
are sure of the response, i.e. people, cats, dogs, etc. The rule of
thumb is to use caution and take precautions. That way no one - man
nor beast - gets hurt.
- Dog must always be kept on lead or crated while being transported.
- Take special care with Rescue dogs near cats or other dogs. Behaviors
may be unexpected. While OES are known for their ability to get along
with other animals, yours can still be protective when a new dog
comes on the scene. Never leave a Rescue dog "kenneled" with
your own dogs without supervision.
- You may be asked to transport OES to foster care, veterinarian
facilities, or from a person's home or shelter facility.
- If you are picking up a dog from a private individual or shelter,
you must have a Release Form signed by the responsible party giving
NEOESR, Inc. full legal title to the OES.
- You will not be asked to transport to foster care any OES felt
to be of questionable temperament.
- Please write your phone number, street & town
address on very small piece of paper and lash it with scotch tape to
the back of the rabies tag of the dog you are fostering. Before the
dog goes to the new home, please remove and replace with the new owner's
street, town, and phone number. Secure it with scotch tape.
- If no other instructions are forthcoming, please expect
to use a choke collar and a 6' leash. For all dogs being transported,
the dog MUST be secured in the car during travel, either in a crate
to a closed seat belt, or... and this is my own personal favorite:
Tell the dog to get in the car (with leash attached of course. Once
dog is inside the car, pull the leash through the open door so that
about 20 inches or so is between the door and the dog. Close the door
and make a slip knot on the outside. That way, when you arrive at point
B, there is a "handle" outside the car door. When you open
the door, you have the dog already "attached." Making sure
that you don't leave very much leash on the inside, secures the dog
so he can't jump around and bother you when you are driving.
No dog can be released until you have a signed and witnessed Indemnity
Agreement and the minimum donation of $250.
Veterinary Care. When medical care is required for a Rescue dog, the
Placement Coordinator should be notified, or a message may be left on
the answering machine (781-259-8173); someone will return your call.
All bills should be approved by the Placement Coordinator before the
procedure is undertaken. Prompt care for the dog with a minimum of stress
for the Foster Family is our goal. If a Rescue dog should develop a contagious
illness, he/she will be removed to a veterinary facility to protect him/her
as well as your own pets.
All necessary medicines including heartworm pills will be provided and
paid for by NEOESR, Inc.
NEOESR, Inc. will pay any food bills when submitted to the Secretary.