El Paso County Canine Rescue is a foster-based rescue and our fosters are the heart and soul of our rescue. The amazing and selfless people that have dedicated themselves to the care of homeless dogs ensure that we are able to rescue more dogs from terrible living conditions and euthanasia. Fostering is a challenging but rewarding experience. As a foster, you provide a safe place for a homeless dog to become socialized with other dogs and people and to know a loving home, some for the very first time. A foster dog may stay with you for a short as one week or as long as several weeks to months. The length of time depends on the dog and whether the dog has health or behavioral problems.
If you would like to open your heart and your home to a homeless dog, please call or email us! Fill out the application below and a representative of the rescue will contact you to arrange a time to speak with you and perform a home inspection.
As a foster home provider, you will be expected to:
Provide a safe, loving home for your foster dog, just as you would for your own pets. Per PACFA regulations and EPCCR guidelines, dogs will be kept quarantined for 5-7 days prior to adoption.
Ensure that your foster dog goes to any scheduled appointments, missing appointments can cause a delay in adoption.
Keep in close contact with EPCCR staff, alert staff promptly if there is a change in the dog's condition, if the dog becomes ill, or if the dog is injured.
Provide weekly updates as to the dog's condition, behavior, and socialization with other dogs, cats, children, and other people.
Administer any prescribed medications as ordered by veterinarian.
If keeping the foster dog in your home becomes untenable, you will maintain the dog in your home until the rescue finds other placement. You will not surrender the dog to any other animal rescue or shelter.
Keep in mind that these are rescue dogs with largely unknown histories that deserve a chance for a safe and happy home. They may have behavioral or medical problems that will have to be managed.