Friday, July 25, 2014


Trilogy is a 1 year old 23lb male Beagle mix who is sweet, gentle, and quiet. Trilogy has pneumonia and needs approximately 10 days in foster to recover. He will need recheck xrays at day 10 to see if his lungs are clearing up.


Almanac is an 8 month old 15lb male Min Pin mix who is calm, sensitive and sweet. Almanac has pneumonia and is not feeling well, so needs approximately two weeks in foster to recover. He does need to be encouraged to eat, and will need recheck xrays in two weeks to make sure his lungs are clearing up.


Mirage is a 1 year old 26lb female Basenji mix who is social, active and sweet. Mirage is having FHO surgery on 7/30 so needs foster until that appointment, and then post-op recovery foster for approximately 1-2 weeks on crate rest.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Zinc is a 2 year old 48lb male Border Collie mix who is social, sensitive and sweet. Zinc needs approximately one week in foster to recover from kennel cough. He does have a shy dog walking plan to go home with him.

Flare Nut

Flare Nut is a 4 year old 5lb female Pomeranian who is social, calm and sweet. We have a reporter from Good Morning America who is looking to adopt a dog and use the dog for her “Adopting a Shelter Animal” segments. The reporter wants to make sure that Flare Nut is camera (and family!) ready. Here is the info she is looking for:

-          Is she potty trained?
-          Good with a gentle big dog (say, a 60 lb lab mix)
-          How vocal is she?
-          How well she does in the city environment? (big city)
-          How does she do with a 2 ½ year old girl (a very hands on child)
-          Does she chew a lot?

   This dog would not be available for a foster-adoption**

Friday, July 11, 2014

July Newsletter

Welcome to the second installment of our new monthly newsletter regarding all things Foster (ok, I did miss June, so there are extra announcements this time around!) Summer has been rolling right along with puppies and kittens galore, along with some older puppies and adult dogs and cats that have needed our program’s assistance. As usual, our foster families have willingly opened up their homes to those in need, but we could always use more help, so please let us know if you are available in the vacation-heavy months ahead.  News, updates, and reminders for June and July:
  • New!: The next Foster Continuing Education Class is on July 19th from 10AM-11:30AM titled Caring for Bottle Babies. If you ever wanted to learn how to care for bottle baby kittens or puppies, because you want to foster bottle babies now or in the future, this class is for you! Sign up is available here: I can almost guarantee there will be precious babies in the class!
  • Update: Last newsletter, we talked about the new protocol regarding: “all puppies, male and females, will be spayed and neutered at 8 weeks old.” As a slight amendment, female puppies will be spayed when they reach 8 weeks old and 5lbs, so they might need to gain some weight beyond what they are at at 8 weeks of age. Males that are cryptorchid (retained testicle) will also need to be 8 weeks old and at least 5lbs before neuter surgery (on a case by case basis).
  • Update: Traditionally we only pulled foster puppies from source shelters that had their own foster program in place. In an effort to save more lives, we will also begin pulling puppies directly from the shelter and, depending on their age/level of antibodies, will be asking for foster for a period of time. Follow up: Naturally, animals that are pulled from the shelter have different exposure than animals that have come from a foster home and therefore we may see more illness in some foster animals than we had previously. While this can be understandably intimidating, it should be very clear that most illnesses, especially the serious ones, can be vaccinated against and therefore if your resident animals are fully vaccinated, they are protected. Even animals who appear healthy upon intake have the potential to break with illness in the future because they come to us from unknown, often stressful, backgrounds. Caring for ill animals is a need we have in our program, and sometimes can be hard to find foster for, and these are sometimes the animals that need foster the most. Please let me know if you ever have any questions regarding our quarantine protocols or the specifics of different illnesses and I’d be happy to get you in touch with one of our veterinarians.   
  • Reminder: A big part that fosters can play (besides the initial saving lives!) in helping ARF reach their adoption goal is providing ample and consistent feedback on your foster animals. It is important to always remember to return both the socialization charts and the observation sheets with each one of your foster animals. All forms can be found on the foster blog, for print out or for electronic completion. Entering all of your wonderful foster feedback does take a while, so we now prefer that you email foster feedback the week prior (or earlier!) to the animal returning for surgery and adoption.
  • Reminder:  Another effort that will help expedite the adoption preparation process, especially during times when our population is very high (like right now!) is if foster families send in pictures of their foster animals. Individual snapshots, like portraits, are really helpful for their adoption profiles, as well as full body-length shots. Cute videos are welcomed too! Please send all foster photos/videos to I receive a number of emails every day, so this will help cut down on the size of my mailbox and is a central location for photos to live.
  • Reminder:  These newsletters will be archived on the foster blog to refer back to. It is the responsibility of each foster family to read this information and keep up to date on protocol changes that affect you and the program. 

In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, we sent over 900 animals to foster. You are an amazing group of volunteers! Thank you!!

Socialization Group Information

In an effort to enhance the socialization our puppies and kittens receive in foster care, we are sending out a calendar so you can schedule socialization appointments, much like clinic appointments, where you bring your foster animals in to ARF to interact with a group of children. ARF holds a number of camps for children and teens, and we feel that the unique interaction and valuable socialization they can provide can only enrich the behavioral development of our foster animals. We recognize that not every home is equipped to introduce a wide variety of novel situations to a puppy or kitten, particularly if you live in a quiet or single person household. This is an opportunity for our foster animals to become even better-rounded, outgoing puppies and kittens and maximizes their success in their adoptive homes.
To participate in the socialization groups, your foster animal(s) MUST be:
  • Mostly friendly, outgoing and social, though slightly undersocialized kittens and puppies will benefit from the additional positive socialization. No animals that over stimulate easily, are very shy/timid, or easily overwhelmed
  • Easy to handle
  • Generally healthy (no nasal discharge, vomiting/diarrhea, lethargy) with at least one vaccine on board (1 week since vaccine was given)
The dates from Jan-March are set and the kid’s camps are ready to socialize with kittens and puppies under careful supervision. The calendar of appointment times can be found here: Each appointment is 20-30 minutes in length, and you do need remain on the property during the appointment. There is a coffee machine, wifi, a boutique and cafĂ© area, and darling animals to keep you occupied while you wait. You are also welcome to watch the interaction with the children, but please be respectful of space and allow staff to run their groups as they've been trained to do.

If your foster animals meet the guidelines and qualify for attendance at one of our socialization groups, I ask that you schedule a day/time that works for you. As much as it is our responsibility as fosters to keep the animals in our care as medically healthy as possible, it is also important to start them on a successful behavior path and help them develop into well rounded companion animals.

If you have any questions about sign up or whether your animals would apply for this program, please do not hesitate to contact me. Along the way, I may have specific groups in mind that I think would benefit from this interaction, and so I may suggest some dates/times to select foster families so I can be sure they get into at least one socialization meeting.
Thank you wonderful foster families!!