Foster, Foster Roanoke VA

How to Foster

How to Foster. Can You Foster?

Fostering dogs takes a selfless individual or family to give what they can to help out abandoned dogs in need. It can be very rewarding as well as challenging.

There is always something new to learn when fostering a new dog in your home. Depending on your knowledge of dogs either through volunteering, rescue, being an animal lover, or professional dog trainer there is always something new to learn when fostering.

Sometimes it can be a hard way to learn but you eventually learn fast to control the situation. Its also a great way to learn how to rehabilitate any bad behaviors under careful direction and observation.

If you are interested in fostering a dog in need from RCACP you should be an avid dog lover No. 1 and also an experienced dog person. It is suggested that you either know the breed your interested in fostering or know basic dog care  and training. Volunteering at an animal shelter either RCACP or other rescues can give you the experience and confidence to learn if you can handle a particular dog in your home.

Although dogs at RCACP or animal shelters may not exhibit any behavioral problems when you first get them home but after a couple weeks to a month they may get comfortable and start to show some issues. As a foster parent it is your responsibility to tackle these issues to make them the best adoptable dog in town.
Sometimes you have no clue how to fix their problems so you should talk with dog knowledgeable people such as dog trainers, dog behaviorist or you can look up information online for articles and/or videos to find out how.

As a foster parent it is your responsibility (along with the rescue that allowed you to foster through them) to market the dog for a new home of his own…but only when the dog is ready. You should establish a routine immediately with a walk, training, play and affection. Keep him/her on a routine and train them up to become the best pet ever then its time to market them into a new home.

This is a great website about Fostering Dogs that can give a leg up on what most fostering parents find when fostering. Take of it what you will and share the knowledge with new foster parents that may need your help.

Foster Dogs, Foster Care for Dogs

Adoptable RCACP Dogs, Adoptable Rescued Foster Dogs, Foster

What To Expect When Adopting a Rescued Dog

What To Expect When Adopting a Rescued Dog

Dogs that come from the city pound and/or rescues sometimes come with issues such as behavioral problems that have manifested from their previous home environment that wasn’t addressed by the previous owner. Sometimes behavioral problems can develop while they are at the pound and become great pets after leaving having time to decompress and live like a dog in a home environment.

This is the scenario most people fall in when rescuing a dog from the pound or rescue…your walking through the dog runs and suddenly you see this gorgeous dog that has locked eyes on you and making an instant connection. You are totally interested in adopting or fostering him/her. Here are a couple of things to consider, most of the dogs that have been deemed adoptable may be good pets but sometimes you wouldn’t know it by their excitement, lack of training, barking or being scared/nervous. A lot of the times these dogs just need basic training so there is a way to communicate with the dog and give them some guidance. Scared or nervous dogs need to trust again and as the new parent of the new family member its up to you to build up their confidence with lots of encouragement and gradually introduce them to new things. For the big jumpers, leash pullers and mouthy dogs regular exercise and training is in order to help with these guys.

With any dog it is the owner and/or foster parents responsibility to provide care, training and a loving home for that animal. It may be easy or difficult depending on the dog. Sometimes dogs may act perfect at the shelter and then you find out their true behavior once they get more comfortable with you.

Bringing home a rescued dog
Bringing home a rescued dog

Follow certain steps when bringing home a new pet from the pound/shelter:

  • Let the dog decompress and rest for at least a week.
  • Don’t rush him/her to interact with you by kissing, hugging or playing. Also this varies by dog because some dogs you can just tell if its an Auto Dog and its all good but don’t take this for granted.
  • Take the time to introduce your new dog to family dogs slowly. Keep the rescued dog separate from existing house dogs for at least a week so he/she can decompress and you have formed a bond, then introduce slowly. You want the new dog to transition into the pack without incident. Sometimes you can just tell that all dogs are fine with each other right away but always monitor the interaction just in case.
  • If your new dog is cat friendly, again let your new dog decompress for at least a week by him/herself then slowly…oh so slowly integrate the animals together.
  • Get your dog in a routine by walking them, play, and teaching them commands to give them direction on what you want them to do. There are always dog training classes that will help teach you as the doggie parent to teach your new dog.

Remember that you decided and made the decision to care for this animal and make them a member of your family, it is your responsibility to care and provide for them for the rest of his/her life. If it has been revealed that behavioral problems have surfaced this needs to be addressed and seek a professional to help with these issues. Help is always there if you need it.

Foster, Train to Adopt Class

Free Train To Adopt Foster Dog Class

Train to Adopt Class

Field of Dreams offers a FREE Train to Adopt Class that helps you train your Foster or Shelter dogs with basic commands to prepare them for adoption.

If you are currently fostering a dog or volunteer at a shelter this class is for you! Everything you need to know when fostering a new dog in your home. This is a good option for taking dogs from RCACP to train them basic commands which makes them very adoptable!

To find out how to train RCACP Dogs, Rescue Dogs or Foster Dogs contact Field of Dreams by emailing

Classes are held at:

Field of Dreams, Vinton – Saturdays 12 – 1 PM
223 W Jackson Ave
Vinton, VA 24179
Franklin County Humane Society – Saturdays 3-4 PM
18401 Virgil H Goode Hwy
Rocky Mt, VA 24151

FREE Train to Adopt Class

Dogs from RCACP that have attended this class and adopted. 🙂

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Other Training Options

Field of Dreams also offers regular training classes for Adopted dogs. If you need more help for behavior issues, training, please contact High Hopes Dog Training here in Roanoke, VA. They offer private lessons and group classes.

High Hopes Dog Training

HHDT does great work and help you and your pet be what you want it to be.

Contact High Hopes at 540.343.3849 or visit their website at