We got ours 6 years ago and the process was an ordeal. Mrs. L wanted one—a house isn’t a home without a dog, she says—so she took the lead. Dayum, I know people want to protect animals and all but the hoops to be jumped through are sometimes amazing.
She was (and is) interested in bulldogs, but they have health problems typically so the questionnaire could be condensed into one question: will you be home pretty much all the time? But in general neither of us has to have a purebred anything. Somehow we ended up with one, the lab seen in my avatar—but she came to us spayed. I’m guessing that was to defeat those who would breed her in a puppy mill.
“Rehoming fees” are often legit. They paid to get the dog vaccinated, chipped, whatever and that saves you time and trouble. Shelters may require neutering and reimbursing them for it is fair enough.
I’ll defer to others who deal with this more but “fostering” (as far as the group we worked with) isn’t what I thought.
We decided our dog might like a companion to keep her stimulated while we’re at work, as well as chase each other around the yard for exercise etc. They brought us a basenji mix, which we found to be an alert, smart, energetic dog. It didn’t work out because the basenji insisted that one of them be the alpha and ours just wanted to chill. But she wouldn’t defer to the basenji. The situation ended up with a little bloodshed.
When one of their people came to take her back, the “parent” was very hands off. I gather that they don’t want the dog to become attached to the foster parent because then it’s like ripping off a bandaid when they rehome, and it may take multiple times to get the right fit. So in the interest of not confusing the dog emotionally, the foster parents don’t get too close.
I thought it must be odd to foster a dog. You’re loving them from a distance, in a way. But I’m glad there are people willing and able to do so.
There’s something to be said for both. I appreciate having the dog already house trained by previous owners. But ours had been given up in a divorce—she went from a full family with kids and lots of pets to…a foster. Then she was adopted by a lady whose cat didn’t like her, so back she went. Then we got her. She’s sweet but not surprisingly, kinda neurotic. Mrs. L says it took years before pup accepted that she’s secure again, really home with us.
Previously abused dogs could also be difficult or impossible for some adoptive owners. Sometimes you’d know the history but not always.
Ours never chews shoes, never pees or poops in the house, very rarely barks, naps a lot, greets us at the door every time we come home…she’s sweet, pretty mellow.
She sheds quite a bit for a short hair, eats underwear if we leave it in the laundry basket, pesters company in a friendly way, insists on a daily walk, is a total ho about food and treats, will not frickin’ move when lying on our bed…
If you can work with a group that let’s you have a trial basis, that’s ideal. What works in one household may not in another. Good luck!