Fostering with an intact dog

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  1. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    Its in the plans for the future once we get the rest of our fence up to foster, but if Mitsu is not able to be spayed I am slightly concerned that rescues will not allow me to foster.

    In your experiance have you fostered with intact dogs? Do rescues usually understand when a dog is not able to be spayed because of a health issue per what the vet says?
     
  2. yoko

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    I don't have experience fostering but I know on some volunteer sheets I have filled out did ask if fosters had a medical reason for not spay/neutering so I think there are exceptions.
     
  3. RD

    RD Are you dead yet?

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    You could at the very least offer to foster only female dogs, if they had a problem with putting an intact male in the same house as an intact female.
     
  4. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    I dunno, good luck. Every place around here states explicitly that your own animals must be altered. :/
     
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    Yeah good luck with that. I fostered for a couple rescues in my area and when they found out I got Sako, I was kicked out of the club, so to speak. Guess they aren't that hard off for foster homes!
     
  6. SevenSins

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    Most rescues, in my experience, don't make any distinction between reasons for having intact animals. It gets especially frustrating as a breeder (which I know the OP isn't) to be constantly beaten over the head by people who say breeders should also rescue, yet most rescues won't allow you to foster if you own intact dogs. Some won't let you foster if you own ANY intact animals, period; what someone owning an intact...rabbit, or some such...has to do with fostering a rescue dog, I don't know.
     
  7. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    Just try and see. Each rescue is individual so you'd have to read and talk to them to know.
     
  8. Xandra

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    Maybe try fostering for a breed rescue through a breed club? They might be more understanding...
     
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    All the rescues around here require all pets in the house to be altered. I have fostered on my own, though, and of course I make my own rules then so testicles are fine (and ovaries, too).
     
  10. JessLough

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    Yah I'd say try breed rescue.

    It may be an area thing, but I know Dekka has fostered for JRT rescue, and as a breeder she has intact dogs, and she's in Canada at least.. Although Ontario
     
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    I looked into adopting a male rat a while ago and they were going to make me have it neutered. To live with other male rats. I was like whut...? Didn't work out though, but I wonder if they realized my boys are intact...
     
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    I'd suggest finding a breed rescue and/or volunteering with said rescue (at adoption events & what have you) until they get to know that you are responsible/knowledgeable. I started up with our local beagle rescue in state college when I got two elderly beagles to stop them from ending up at the shelter. Once they had found homes, I continued volunteering & fostered on & off for years. I had in tact coonhounds & was able to actually change our director's mind about a lot of stuff like responsibly owning in tact dogs and adopting to hunting homes.
     
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    A rescue we fostered for in the past would not let us foster with Shambles being intact. Which is funny, because when we were fostering consistently for them both Jonas and Smalls were intact, but I digress. My work does not appear to have any rules against it, and I know I just did a meet and greet with a family with an intact dog and they adopted our dog. Gotta be more rescues out there that wouldn't mind.
     
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    I'm sure it is a case by case basis. Some rescues are just unbending on things. I know that, were I to want to foster, I'd have an issue with both rescues that are local because I have a dog with testicles and two cats with no claws (both were found as strays already declawed, as a note)
     
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    Same here :( A lot of the rescues won't even let you adopt a puppy that is to be s/ned at the appropriate age if you have an intact dog in the house...
     
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    Never hurts to ask, especially since there is a "legitimate" reason for her being intact.

    I did a few short term fosters for a Lab rescue and my dogs aren't UTD on vaccines - I do a limited vaccine protocol. When I explained why I do what I do, they understood and didn't let that stand against me.
    The same thing happened when I adopted the ferrets. They normally required that other ferrets be UTD on vaccines, but I don't vaccinate my ferrets and when I explained my reasoning why they accepted that.

    I think if the rest of your application looks good and your references are brilliant, they should be willing to work with you.
     
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    I have a friend who used to show and breed afghans. She wanted to help out and foster. Even though she was a member of the breed club with titled dogs and multiple dog yards she was snubbed.

    JRT rescue is always hurting for fosters. But they'll also take dogs who have bitten and such to rehab. They just seem to be a better group when it comes to dog welfare.

    I was told off about fostering cockers as Smudge was intact. He's not now, but I'm out of good will.
     
  18. Emily

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    You definitely might find some breed rescues to be more sympathetic; however, I find that most of their sympathy will only extend to those who have intact members of that particular breed for showing purposes, and maybe one or two examples of another breed, again kept intact for showing purposes. But it really depends! Some breed rescues are run by breeders themselves, and they can often be very understanding and openminded.

    There's always the CL option. I can't tell you how many times I've seen "found this dog, can't keep him in my apartment, don't want to take him to animal control" ads. You could really help dogs out just by doing something like that. :)
     
  19. corgipower

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    I agree with the breed rescue/club suggestion.

    I know of several people who are breeders and also do foster dogs for their breed's rescue, so it should be doable.

    You might need to join a club and let them get to know you first? :dunno:
     
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    There's no harm in applying to foster, and letting them know your dog is intact for medical reasons. The worst they can do is say no, right?
     

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