Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue

Fostering for Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue

A foster home is a short-term safe haven for a rescued dog. It is the most crucial yet scarce ingredient in canine rescue.
The more available foster homes, the more dogs we are able to rescue.
Below are some common questions asked about fostering for MWBTR.
To follow is our application and an email address to send to.
(copy and paste into an email is fine :-)

MWBTR Fostering Q&A

What do you mean by "foster"?
    Temporary homes are needed for rescued dogs until permanent homes can be found. Temporary homes are called foster homes. We do not have a kennel or central location, all of our dogs live in foster homes until adoption.

What will be expected of me as a foster home?
    As a foster home foster families must have the financial ability to provide a good quality food, toys, a crate and bedding for your foster while it stays with you. You will be responsible for having the dog fully vetted, helping MWBTR assess its needs for an adoptive home, brushing up on housebreaking, crate training, and most importantly providing the TLC many of our dogs have never known. It is most important to realize these dogs are not yet "perfect pets" and it is the hard work the foster home puts in that helps them on their way to becoming one. We encourage foster families to treat the foster dog as much like their own pet as possible. Most fosters are mainly in need of proper nutrition and love. The dog provides you with love, joy, and the satisfaction of having saved a life.

Who pays the medical expenses of the foster dogs?
    All approved medical expenses of the foster dogs are paid by MWBTR. A foster home is generally asked by their vet to pay the expenses upfront, and then we will reimburse the foster home. If your vet is willing to bill us directly, it can also be handeled that way.

Where are the dogs from that I might be asked to foster?
    Dogs are surrendered to MWBTR from owners who no longer are able or have a desire to care for their Boston, and ask us to find a loving home. We also regularly pull dogs from shelters within our covered area.

Am I putting my personal pets in danger by agreeing to foster?
    We ask that you quarantine all foster dogs until you have had a vet evaluate the dog to avoid spreading anything to your animals. After the vet clears a dog, a slow introduction must be made to all pets in the household. Interaction must be supervised at all times, and we require the foster dog be crated when no one is home for their safety and the safety of your animals.

How long will I have a foster dog before it is adopted?
    We strive to find the perfect forever home for each of our dogs. Our Bostons are not adopted out on a first come, first serve basis. It is very difficult to predict how long a dog will be in our care, the average is 4-6 weeks but varies greatly based on age, medical, or training issues.

Is it necessary for me to have a fenced yard to foster?
    We do not require a fenced yard. The foster dog must be on a tie out or lead, and supervised at all times when outside of your home.

Do I get to choose the dog I foster?
    This is not very likely. MWBTR will place a dog based on need, temperament, and your abilities.

What kinds of behavior problems might I expect?
    Probably the most common problem is separation anxiety (i.e. crying or barking when left alone). It is not unusual for this to occur at night if the rescue is crated in another part of the house. This usually resolves over time. Marking (with urine) is a behavior frequently exhibited by males in a new environment. Chewing can also be a problem. Peeing and pooping in the house may occur either because the dog is not housebroken, because of the new environment or because you don’t understand he’s asking to go out. Food aggression (fighting with other dogs over food) can be avoided by separating the dogs at feeding time. Some dogs are very possessive of chew toys, rawhide chews, etc. MWBTR volunteers can provide ideas on how to handle many of these behavior problems.

What if the foster dog just doesn't work out?
    We will help you overcome the situation, whether it requires additional training, or another placement. MWBTR will take care not to place a dog with you that are not ready to handle. From time to time, the rescue and foster family just aren't a good match. Because these dogs are rescues, we often don't know about their likes and dislikes. Arrangements will be made to move the dog elsewhere.

Is being a foster home the "fast track" to adoption?
    We hope you want to foster to help a deserving Boston find a loving and permanent home. After you see how happy your foster dog is in its forever home, it will make it much easier to let go. We have so many homeless Bostons that you will have another foster, who will no doubt steal your heart too, in no time. Our foster volunteers have all been through “letting go” we can help prepare you before, during and after. If you are interested in adopting, please complete an adoption application - do not complete a foster application. Foster homes will not be considered for adoption.

If you have any questions about Fostering or wish to apply...
Please direct emails and applications to:


Foster Application
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent please fill out
this application and email to Gwen Thank you for your interest!
(Copy an pasting into an email is fine! :-)

Your full name: ___________________________________________________________

Your email address (e.g.: you@aol.com): ______________________________________

Your phone number (with area code): _________________________________________

Your work phone number (with area code): _____________________________________

Your Occupation: _________________________________________________________

Home Address: __________________________________________________________

City: ________________________ State:_______ Zip Code: __________

Please list names and occupations of all other adults in the household:

Do you have children? If so please list name and age of each:

Do you have other pets? If so state breed, sex and age of each:

Are your pets spayed/neutered?:

If not why?:

Why do you want to foster a Boston Terrier?:

Where will the foster dog sleep at night?:

How many hours will the foster dog be alone each day?:

Where will the foster dog be kept during the day?:

Do you currently have a veterinarian?

If you do have a veterinarian please list their name, city and phone with area code:

May we contact your current veterinarian as a reference?:

Do you live in a house, condo, apartment, other? Please describe:

Describe your yard and fence:

How long have you lived at this address?:

Do you own or rent?

If you rent, do you have permission to foster a dog?:

Landlord's name: Landlord's phone:

May we contact your landlord to verify that you may foster a dog?:

May we visit your home before and during the dogs stay?:

Does anyone in your home have allergies?:

What would you consider a long period of time to foster?:

Is your whole household supportive of fostering?:

If the entire household does not support this please explain why:

Please list two references we may contact:
(please make one of your references someone who is not related to you)
Please include Name, Relationship, Phone, Best time to call.
(ie. Mary Smith, Friend, 419-333-3333, after 5pm)

I attest that the information provided on this application is true
and accurate to the best of my knowledge.

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