BOSTON TERRIER FOSTER APPLICATION
BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE of
Official Mentors: Diana Mays, Lynne Strasser, Renee Ussery, and Stephanie House
INTRODUCTION - PLEASE READ THIS FIRST !!!!
potential adopters and foster homes are screened for suitable placements of
dogs. The BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE of
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADOPTION (you need to read these):
1) You must be 26 years of age or older.
2) You must have identification
showing your current address and one form of picture I.D if requested.
3) You must have the consent of ALL
adults living in the household.
4) If renting, you must have proof
landlord’s written consent and pay a pet deposit if one is required.
5) Your existing pets must have all required current age appropriate vaccinations and be free from contagious illnesses. Veterinary records are sometimes required. If our dog to be adopted states “only pet”, there may not be any other pet in your household.
6) If this dog is stated to be
“NO CHILDREN” this means exactly that. There
may be no children in your home, or if you have visiting children this dog MUST
be kept totally separate from the children.
This requirement is for the safety and well being of both the Boston
and the children. If you have
specific questions around this stipulation, or are wondering why, ask.
7) Findings over the past several years by clinical studies in the better vet schools have established a causal relationship between extended periods without the ability to urinate and bladder cancer, especially in smaller dogs. Therefore we have established a "6 hour" rule allowance for personal business. Some discretion may be possible with dogs who're comfortable with piddle pads, neighbors helping out, etc., but the decision rests with the rescue.
8) You must be willing/able to
spend the time necessary to provide training, medical treatment, proper care and
cost, and companionship for the dog. You must agree to keep the
dog on heartworm preventative permanently and that is part of the contract.
You must agree to keep the dog on heartworm preventative permanently and that is part of the contract.
9) All other animals in your home must be
spayed/neutered unless there are extraordinary reasons otherwise.
It is your obligation to discuss this issue with us and we will make that
10) A component of our Adoption Contract requires that you maintain contact
with us, provide us with information on the dog’s health or general condition
if there is a change and are prepared to relinquish and return the dog to the BOSTON
TERRIER RESCUE of
11) Rescue is a money losing proposition and without donations we would already be broke. Part of this understanding is that you are responsible for picking up or otherwise making arrangements to pick up your new best friend.
12) Secondhand smoke has been shown to be even more dangerous for dogs than humans, probably due to the contaminated air and pollutants settling closer to the floor. Households with smokers smoking inside the house will not be considered and our individuals doing home visits will be watching for the odor of cigarette and cigar smoke (or any other kind of smoke).
Our policy is the result of the severe abuse of a little 2 1/2 yr old Boston Terrier named Kipper in Memphis, brought to our attention in late 2005 and ultimately we believe resulting in his euthanasia by his "family":
The behaviors of small children that aren't corrected by some
parents can be shocking. Small children can't be expected to know that a dog can feel intimidated by them, or recognize the warning signs the dog will give before biting.
And a dog
will bite out of fear, or because it's been hurt. That's what
happened to little Kipper. His legs were dislocated by these
children, not once but twice.
13) Remember that these dogs come to us often with little information and what we do get is often inaccurate. Since this same application is used by both adopters and fosters it's important to emphasis that there are both risks and rewards to fostering new dogs and often times the foster is the first opportunity the rescue has to evaluate the dog and its temperament. Be sure that you have adequate medical insurance in the unlikely event that there is ever an "issue." However remote, there's always a possibility and having personal medical insurance in the unlikely event of a bite IS a requirement to foster.
14) There is always a minimum adoption fee in each case which helps to offset veterinary costs for the dog you wish to adopt and so that we can continue to help other Boston Terriers & other dogs in need. You may add a donation if you'd like to help other dogs, too old, too sick or otherwise "unadoptable."
15) All dogs receive any necessary medical treatment, are up to date on their shots (based on age) and are spayed or neutered prior to adoption if they are medically fit for altering. Some have pre-existing conditions and we'll tell you about that to see if you're up to taking on a Special Needs kid or one that's recovering from an ailment. Veterinary or other costs incurred after the adoption are the sole responsibility of the adopter unless some alternative arrangement has been previously agreed to by the rescue.
16) All dogs listed on our site and on courtesy postings are to the best of our knowledge the breed or breeds described. We rescue dogs in danger from shelters and always the breed determination is made initially by the shelter or previous owner or other source such as a veterinary office. If we do then describe a dog as a "Boston Terrier" (or other breed or mixed breed) in our rescue, it would be our best determination since we have no specific breeding knowledge or other expert knowledge of the dog's breed other than what is represented by the shelter or provided infrequently by an individual releasing a dog. Not all dogs of any breed, although they may be certified or represented as "purebreds" are of show quality. Our personal knowledge of the breed is factored into our determination but by no means is it conclusive.
17) We are particularly cautious with regard to "invisible fences." Used alone, there is the distinct possibility of low batteries, or dogs who learn to "game" the fence and get through. We have a collection of them which were still on "found" dogs. Even under the best of circumstances, such a barrier does nothing to protect the Boston from other larger roaming dogs and can indeed ironically impede the smaller dog's escape. We can talk about this but in most cases invisible fences do a good job in discouraging jumpers and diggers when attached above ground on the outside of a standard fence.
18) Regarding big dogs and little dogs: Boston Terriers are notoriously little dogs with big dog attitudes. When a little dog gets into a fight with a big dog, the little dog will almost always loose. Don't ask us to place a Boston Terrier into a potentially dangerous situation.
19) The adoption always includes a Contract, to protect the dog, to protect you and to protect us.