Hello wonderful foster heroes! We hope this page will help you on your foster journey.
Please also join our Facebook group Sarama Volunteers and Foster Homes for additional support. If you cannot find the info you need, please reach out to us at SaramaRescue@gmail.com
- I think my foster animal is sick! What do I do?
- Please contact your Rescue Coordinator and they will set up a vet appt for you ASAP. If you live in NY, your Rescue Coordinator is Melissa Burgos. If you live in PA or NJ, your Rescue Coordinator is Laura Miller.
Sarama foster animals must go to one of our approved vet partners. The appointment will be made for a time that is convenient for you.
- My foster has a medical emergency and I can’t reach my Rescue Coordinator, what do I do?
- If there is a medical emergency and you tried reaching out to your Rescue Coordinator but could not reach them, please take your animal to the nearest emergency hospital. Sarama will reimburse you for expenses. (Please note this is rare that Rescue Coordinators cannot be reached. This is a worse case scenario)
- I need help training my foster dog! What do I do?
- Please email Laura@sarama.org She will help you work through any training or behavior issue you may be experiencing. If you need more help, she will set up a training session with you. We only use certified trainers to work with our rescue dogs to ensure he safety of our dogs and foster parents. If you have a trainer you would like to use, please contact us first to get approval.
- My foster cat is peeing outside the litter box/scratching furniture/ pouncing on my feet when I walk: won’t come out from under the bed and /or is doing other crazy cat things! What do I do?
- Good news! Most cat behavioral issues can be fixed. Contact Laura@sarama.org and she will help you work through any behavioral issues you may have with your foster cat.
- I think I want to adopt my foster animal. What do I do?
- Great! We love Foster Fails! As long as there isn’t an approved adoption already in process, foster families can certainly adopt their foster animals. Contact your rescue coordinator and she will walk you through the adoption process. We do ask that fosters sign an adoption agreement to make it official!
- I think I found a home for my foster animal. Can I give them the animal?
- Everyone must go through our adoption process and adoptions must be approved by a Rescue Coordinator before an animal can go home with anyone else.
- Can I take my dog to an off leash dog park?
- Please contact your Rescue Coordinator before taking your foster to an off leash dog park. Not all of our dogs do well in dog parks as they can be stressful and other dogs are unpredictable. In order to minimize fights and injuries, fosters must get approval first. If a dog is not a candidate for a dog park but you want to them to get more socialization we will work woh a trainer to set up play dates with another dog who’s behavioral history is known.
- Can I buy my foster dog a new collar?
- Yes. However we don’t allow choke collars, “correction” collars, shock collars or prong collars on our dogs.
Some of our dogs require a martingale collar (also known as a no slip collar) or a no-pull harness due to their behavior. Please check with your Rescue Coordinator before switching collars. Please always make sure your foster dog is wearing the Sarama ID tag on collar or harness.
- Can I use a retractable leash to walk my foster dog?
- We don’t allow retractable leashes due to safety reasons. We will be happy to provide you with a new 6ft lead should you need one.
- Can I be reimbursed for food or toys I buy my foster animal?
- You must get approval for reimbursement before you buy the items. Approval must come from your rescue coordinator. We do our best but we can’t always approve new toys or a certain brand of food etc due to financial restraints. We try to make use of what is donated to us first.
- I can’t keep my foster animal anymore! What do I do?
- Since we are foster based, we will need as much time as possible to find the animal a new foster home. If you can’t keep your animal because of a behavioral issue, please reach out to us so we can try and work through the issue by providing a trainer. If you have a vacation scheduled:moving etc please let us know as soon as possible. We don’t always have open fosters and we need as much time as possible to network and find a new foster for the animal.