Thank you for your interest in fostering a rescue Weimaraner!
Since we don’t have kennel space, foster homes are our lifeline. We especially need foster homes with no other dogs in the house so we can bring in dogs from shelters to quarantine them. Many of our shelters have distemper, kennel cough and parvo floating around and dogs who come to us may need to be quarantined for up to 2 weeks before bringing them into the next home environment. CalWEAR provides everything a rescued dog may need: food, crate, bed, blanket, food bowl, collar, leash, toys, and treats. The foster home simply provides the shelter and love.
Let’s go over a few bullet items for consideration before you proceed to the foster application:
- How much do you love Weimaraners? This may sound like a very silly question, but think about how committed you are to the breed before you commit to sharing your home with one. If you’re not an experienced Weimaraner owner, please take a few moments to become familiar with the Weimaraner breed. At a minimum, please review this article about a local Weimaraner lover’s life with Weimaraners.
- Do you consider yourself an alpha over dogs? Weimaraners are extremely intelligent and will test limits to see how much they can get away with. Like toddlers or children, Weimaraners need boundaries. They need “an alpha” to guide them towards appropriate behaviors and away from inappropriate behaviors. Can you be the alpha?
- How comfortable are you providing basic obedience training? It’s very likely that a Weimaraner who enters our rescue is very unruly and in need of lots of training. Are you able to provide basic obedience training?
- Is your day-to-day schedule more or less routine? Many Weimaraners who enter rescue have recently been through a lot of turmoil. One of the best things we can provide for them is a consistent routine.
- Can you commit to fostering a dog for a minimum of 30 days? Any Weimaraner who comes through rescue will need to be placed in a stable environment where it can recover and rest, especially if it had just been in a local area shelter. It is during this time that dogs are thoroughly assessed and evaluated, as well as rehabilitated.
Still think you can help us with fostering a Weimaraner in need?! Please proceed to the Volunteer and Foster questionnaire, here.
Upon submittal, a volunteer from our rescue will call or email you to discuss next steps. We’ll likely set-up a home visit to come see your place, ask you a few follow-up questions, and then work on finding the right dog for you to foster.