BBCR FOSTER HANDBOOK
Welcome to BBCR! We are so excited to have you! Your willingness to volunteer your time and homes will make all
the difference in our furry friends’ lives.
Please read through this manual before picking up your first foster!
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
3… Finding Rescues
4… BBCR Contacts
5… Before Fostering
6… Picking a Foster Dog
7… Fostering Day 1
8… Medical Requirements
9… Fostering Rules
10… Dog Introductions
11… What To Do If…
12… Finding an Adopter
13… Handling Multiple Applications
14… Adoption Time
15… Q & A
16… The Cliffsnotes
How We Find Our Rescues
95% of the dogs Big Bones Canine Rescue (BBCR) accepts into its program are from high risk shelters. The sad truth is, whether it is a street dog or a relinquished pet, these dogs get a short amount of time to get adopted – usually just a couple of days. Old or young, good or damaged, these dogs are just a number either waiting to be
rescued or be put down.
We try to give our foster volunteers as much info as we can to prepare for their pup’s arrival; but, unfortunately, when these dogs are set to be euthanized their paperwork is tossed. We never really know what we are getting: said to be male but is female, said to be 2 years old but is 7, and even vet office records are not reliable. They could be neglected, from a hoarding house, abused, or a family pet. They could be healthy or covered in fleas and ticks. We never really know. A lot of the places these dogs come from, the dogs honestly just. don’t. matter.
Kristie Fisher has the heart wrenching job of sorting through the pictures of dogs needing rescuing to find those that are adoptable. She knows what happens to the dogs she has to skim over. But, we’re playing a numbers game. Every time you take a dog off transport or out of the ranch and diligently post, vet and meet with adopters, you are helping to save more lives. Every kennel space and foster bed refilled is another life saved.
This is the backstory on how these foster dogs come to BBCR. This is why we say to these pups when we look into their scared and confused eyes, “it doesn’t matter where you came from, just where you’re going”.
You will be assigned a BBCR foster mentor team on Facebook Messenger. You should see a message from them in Message Requests.
Need help finding it? Send us an email!
If you have ANY questions, your mentor team is the place to start!
So who does what around here?
There are a lot of people who make this a functional organization and this list is a very small portion of what goes on behind the scenes, but here are a few people and some general areas to start with if you have questions.
Medical emergencies: Text Kristie Fisher 970-310-3616
Medical non-emergencies: Your mentor team via Messenger
Transport and Medical records processing: Kayli Johnson
Ranch Dogs: Lynnette Baker
Applications Processing: Cheryl Dolan
Social Media/Website Posts: Julie Bendele, Gina Lordo, Amy Ford
AnimalsFirst Questions: Julie Bendele, Linda Lea
Dog Daze Out: Karla Valdez
General emails: Julie Bendele, Kali Rinne
Vetting Stations: Rachel Capp, Stephanie Wendorf, Sydney Wilcox, The Ranch
Let’s face it, vetting is expensive! One easy way to cut costs is to do as much vetting as possible within our own organization. We’ve set up a few vetting stations along the front range that will hopefully be easily accessible.
These individuals can vaccinate/microchip your foster dog. Please try them on Facebook Messenger before calling. Don’t know what your foster needs? Check your Foster Mentor thread on Facebook Messenger!
North Denver – Rachel Durkan Capp (610) 908-4537 or messenger
Longmont/South Loveland area – Stephanie Wendorf (303) 359-2273 or messenger! Vaccines and preventatives
Fort Collins – Sydney Wilcox (970) 691-9102 or messenger! Vaccines, prevenatives and 4dx
Greeley or Severance – Jordyn Hunting (720) 810-3445 or messenger! (Also able to do ANY SIZE 4dx)
Greeley – Sara Sherer – vaccines, chips, and 4dx (970) 276-0731
Severance – Rachel Hansen – vaccines and chips, no 4dx
Windsor/Ranch via messenger – Nicole Darnell (all including small breed 4dx) Kristie McArthur Fisher (all but small breed 4dx) Kristen Lizotte (all but small breed 4dx)
Fostering is a commitment and we hope you will treat it as such. When you offer to foster a dog, please be prepared to see them through to adoption, even if they’re difficult. Be prepared for unknown behaviors and allow time for decompression. Your foster mentor thread has a wealth of tips/tricks to try to help ease the transition. Remember, if they were perfect, they likely wouldn’t be a rescue!
Should I foster?
Please be mindful in your decision to foster a dog. Think about your family’s needs, the dog’s needs, and the care you are willing to provide. We don’t know if these rescues are house or crate trained, dog friendly, or if they’re even able to wear a collar. We hope that, while you prepare for the worst, you will find it exciting and rewarding to being the leg up your foster dog needs to find their forever home!
BBCR provides a basic package of:
vaccinations including DA2PPV, bordetella and rabies
a 4DX test (heartworm and other tick borne diseases)
Any needs outside of this, including illnesses or emergencies needing vet care, need to be discussed with your foster mentors.
Your foster is STRESSED. They don’t know what is going on or that you’re here to help. They have to experience it and that
takes time. Crating can be helpful. The less opportunity you give your foster to fail, the more they will succeed! We have lots of crates to lend if you need one.
We recommend fosters provide crates, toys, bedding, blankets, etc. Unlike some rescues, we feel prong collars are a good
tool when fostering a large breed dog and when used properly. Head collars (gentle leaders) are good, too. When walking on a collar, please make sure it’s a properly sized martingale collar to prevent slipping out! If using a harness, be aware that if the dog moves backwards suddenly, they can get out of the harness. If possible, move towards the dog and relieve the tension on the leash. They can’t get out if you’re not pulling in the opposite direction.
We ask that you provide food for your foster dog. On occasion, we can assist with special needs food or will have donated dog food available.
Even if a dog is said to be cat friendly, PLEASE USE CAUTION. As dogs become more comfortable, they tend to let more of their personality out. Don’t ever trust too quickly!
Your own dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccines before fostering. We also recommend using a preventative for heartworm/flea/tick. See our dog introductions section in this packet for information on introducing your resident pets to your foster.
PICKING A FOSTER
BBCR has a few different ways for you to find one of our rescued dogs to bring into your home. In the Media section of the Volunteer Facebook page, you’ll find multiple albums. A few showing available dogs are transport albums, the owner surrender album or the Ranch dog album.
Dogs coming in from out of state can go right into foster! To see who is in need, go to the Media/Albums section on the BBCR Facebook group and you’ll see albums with locations/dates. The date is when the dogs are scheduled to arrive in CO. If you see a dog that you would like to foster, comment on the picture of that dog and tag Kayli Johnson or Kristen Lizotte.
There are times local families have to surrender their dog due to hardship or a BBCR alumni dog is relinquished back to us for various reasons. These dogs are found in the “Owner Surrenders – Need Foster” album in the BBCR Volunteers & Fosters Facebook group. These dogs are often a good option for first time fosters or fosters who need a dog with fewer behavior surprises.
Visit the Ranch
The BBCR ranch in Windsor is home to multiple dogs that are waiting for adoption or for one of our awesome fosterers to take them in. Please consider one of these fur babies. The ranch can be a scary place for many dogs. Contact Lynnette, Kristen or Kristie to arrange to pick up a foster from the ranch!