Fostering during lockdown
We are so grateful for all your kind offers of fostering. At this time, we do not have kittens, puppies, or cats that are available for fostering. We only have the 9 dogs at the shelter that have been there a very long time. (All listed on our website.)
HOWEVER, because the animals are our priority, we have made the decision that we will not subject a shelter dog to being in a home for 3 weeks and then get sent back to the shelter. That would be cruel. We also don’t want to encourage impulse adoption, nor do we want to increase the amount of people visiting the shelter as this will not help to reduce covid-19 contagion.
Thus, we can only consider fostering of these dogs if:
- It is NOT just for 21 days. It needs to be a foster that understands it may be some time before the dog is adopted OR a forever adoption home.
- Experienced dog owners/fosters. The dogs will need house training, basic training like sitting on command, etc. They do not know how to behave in a real home, especially those that have waited for several years. You will need to be prepared for this and know how to manage it.
- No children and no other pets. Ordinarily, with most dogs, we would be ok with other animals and with children. But, because of the short time frame, we do not have time for essential integration help, socialisation, cat tests, etc.
Therefore, in order not to set them or you up for possible failure, we would prefer no existing pets or children. This is to protect you and them.
We cannot provide any behaviourist assistance or integration help because lockdown prohibits us from this. You will be on your own.
- Pre-approved: We currently don’t have anyone who can do home checks, thus, it must be a pre-approved home or we need to find experienced home checkers.
- If something goes wrong and you really can’t cope, the shelter will be on lockdown. Which means, there will be nowhere to go with an animal that you’re unable to keep.
- Must be in Northern Suburbs of Cape Town as this is where our vets and volunteers are.
Please understand that we ARE extremely grateful for your kind and generous offers of help, and we understand this may seem overly cautious.
We also don’t want people to think the dogs are problem animals but we need you to understand that shelter dogs that have waited a long time can sometimes prove challenging. We do not want to set you or them up for failure.
Yes, we would LOVE to send all of them to foster homes but we have to think of all the possible ramifications and long-term effects on the animals. They are, after all, our priority.
We trust this will clarify and that people understand the reasons behind this decision.