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Fostering Overview

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 or cat to become socialized with other dogs and cats and people and to know a loving home, some for the very first time.  A foster dog or cat 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 or cat and whether they have health or behavioral problems.  

If you would like to open your heart and your home to a homeless animal, 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. 

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Fostering expectations

As a foster home provider, you will be expected to:

  • Provide a safe, loving home for your foster animal, just as you would for your own pets.  Per PACFA regulations and EPCCR guidelines, dogs and cats will be kept quarantined for 5-7 days prior to adoption.

  • Ensure that your foster animal 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 animal's condition, if they become ill, or if 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 animal in your home becomes untenable, you will maintain the animal in your home until the rescue finds other placement.  You will not surrender the animal to any other animal rescue or shelter. 

  • Keep in mind that these are rescue dogs and cats 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.

  • Please be aware that rescue will not reimburse you in the event that your dog attacks rescue animal. You will be liable for all medical including rescue animal if need be.  

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