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Steps to Foster at Dallas Animal Services MARCH 2023

Let's Get Dogs into Homes, Dallas!

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FOSTER A DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES SHELTER DOG!


Even a week or a month will make all the difference for them:

DECOMPRESSION from the shelter

• HOME NOTES oh so valuable for an adopter match

VISIBILITY better photos, a more specific bio on their profile


Please note this website is not affiliated with or run by Dallas Animal Services. I am an active volunteer and foster with DAS and posting this information as a helpful assist to those interested in fostering.


STEPS TO FOSTER AT DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES (2023)

  1. BETTERIMPACT ACCOUNT + FOSTER APPLICATION create & fill out at link

  2. FOSTER AGREEMENT fill out & sign

  3. GENERAL RELEASE fill out & sign

  4. PHOTO OF YOUR ID take one! upload to your BetterImpact profile

  5. FOSTER INQUIRY schedule a call


Already Registered? SAME DAY FOSTER!

Take Home An "Exposed" Side Dog, Same Day, to help the shelter move to UNEXPOSED, throughout the entire shelter!

  1. GO TO GREEN INTAKE DOORS 1-7pm (exposed side dogs)

  2. GO TO MAIN ENTRANCE 4-7pm (unexposed side dogs)

  3. LET STAFF KNOW YOU ARE THERE FOR SAME DAY

  4. WALK OUT WITH YOUR FOSTER


Want to "baby step" into fostering? CONSIDER FOSTER SITTING!

When fosters travel, they need sitters for their fosters so there are already home notes to find a good match and exact dates of coverage needed!

  1. REGISTER AS A FOSTER as above

  2. DAS TRELLO BOARD review foster sitting needs

  3. DAS FOSTER FB GROUP once registered, join - needs are here, too!


Check out the FOSTER info page on the Dallas Animal Services website for FAQs and more!


VERY IMPORTANT! 3/3/3 Rule

Do NOT immediately allow resident pets to share space with the foster dog for 5-7 days (more if foster is recovering from an upper respiratory infection). GO SLOW for integration and acclimation success!


3/3/3 Rule of Taking home a new Foster or Adopted Dog or Cat

DAY 1: This will be hard + stressful - your home & schedule is jostled, new dog nervous

DAY 2: Easier than Day 1, Schwew!

DAY 3+ : Everyone settling in and starting to feel comfy, know new routine

DOG HOMED: Delightful & Heart Full


DO NOT LET NEW DOG AND RESIDENT DOG PLAY FOR 5-ish days. Even when I foster an already known to be dog-friendly dog and the dogs clearly want to play... I wait. WHY? This lets them get comfy with each other's smell, behavior, and personality (under my guidance and boundaries) before they get physical. Waiting allows for the highest rate of longer-term, copacetic (and fun!), cohabitation. <3



RESOURCES:

HOW TO INTEGRATE A FOSTER DOG Please click through the "Oliver" highlight on the DLB instagram profile - I documented all steps, visually!

DOGFIT DALLAS FOSTER TIPS YouTube Video of Live Discussion Session

DOGFIT DALLAS EBOOKS 3 Freebies... dog basics, dog relationships, etc

DAS FOSTER INFO Dallas Animal Services Website

dasfoster@dallas.gov (please note there is a high volume of inquiries... please be patient & kind!)



 

The content on this website is based on personal experience and researched information. Please note no one here is a professional vet, trainer, or behaviorist. Always consult your vet and trainer about what is best for your dog or cat and their mental & physical health!

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