We are a volunteer-based rescue. Typical turnaround time for a volunteer to contact you is 24-48 hours. You may receive a phone call, text or email, please keep an eye on your email inbox and spam folders.
Upon completion of this application, please call your veterinarian to allow the release of any current or past animals' records to us. Your application cannot be approved without this information.
If you are a renter, please contact your landlord to let them know we will be calling them to ask for their approval of you adopting an animal while living on their property as well as their specific animal policies.
Please let your personal references know we will be calling them.
Once you have submitted this application, our foster coordinators will begin the approval process, which entails the following:
1st - Reviewing your application to gain understanding of your home environment, calling your two personal references, veterinarian, and landlord if applicable. Once we speak to each of the necessary personnel, we will contact you.
2nd - If you application is approved, a volunteer that lives in your area will perform a home visit. The volunteer will come to your home to verify it will be a safe place for one of our dogs. The volunteer is required to photograph the driver's license of everyone residing in your home ages 16 years and older for our records. These steps are crucial in ensuring the safety of our animals and helps us to learn a little more about you so we know we are placing the right foster dog into your home.
3rd - If the home visit is approved, we will proceed with a meet and greet if you have a resident or frequently visiting dog(s). Typically, we will contact you to bring the dog to your home for the meet but other arrangements can be made. We require everyone who resides in your home to be present for the meet.
Thank you for taking the time to fill out this application and for being willing to open your heart and home to foster a dog in need!
- Due to border restrictions and breed specific legislation, we are unable to place dogs in foster or adoptive homes in Canada at this time. Our adoption area is within an approximately 55 mile radius of Lockport, NY 14094 USA
-Adopters and fosters of DITR dogs are subject to home checks by an SPCA Cruelty Investigator if DITR has any concerns regarding the health, welfare or safety of the dog at any time.
Please initial that you have read & understand the above information before proceeding:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.*
Why are you interested in fostering?*
How many people reside in your household? (please include names and ages). Who in your household will care for the foster animal?*
Who in the household will care for the foster pet?*
Please list and tell us about the animals you currently have living with you.*
Please tell us about your own dog/dogs personality. Please indicate if your dog/dogs only get along with other males/females, smaller dogs, etc. Anything you can tell us about their personality will help us in making sure the right foster dog is placed in your home.*
Veterinarian's Name and Phone Number (Please call your vet asap and let them know you are giving permission for us to call and obtain a vet reference.)*
Are your current pets Spayed/Neutered? If not, why?*
Are your current animals up to date on vaccinations and routine vet care?
If no, Why not?*
Have you owned any pets in the last 5 years who are no longer with you?*
If yes, please list their name, species, age, breed and why they're no longer with you. If they were seen by someone other than your current veterinarian, please list the other vet(s) name & phone number and give them permission to speak with us. *
Have you ever given up a pet? If yes, please explain*
Have you fostered an animal in the past? If so, please state the name of the organization that you have fostered through.*
Are you familiar with the 2 Week Shutdown (aka Decompression) process for foster dogs?
If yes, please describe your 2 Week Shutdown plan for a foster dog. If no, our foster committee will provide guidance.*
Length of time you are willing to foster? Keep in mind, that some dogs are adopted relatively quickly, and others require a longer amount of time in foster care. We cannot give you an exact amount of time that you will have a foster dog. Each situation is different.*
Are you open to fostering special needs dogs, or senior dogs?*
Please describe your training style. (ie, alpha based training, clicker training, positive reinforcement, etc)*
What behavior issues are you comfortable/willing to work with? (ie., leash walking, separation anxiety, housebreaking, etc) Are you willing to work with special needs and / or senior animals?*
Will the animal be kept inside or outside*
Inside and Outside
How much time will the animal spend alone during the day*
Where will the animal be kept when you are not home? Please be specific (crated, free roam; if closed/gated in a room, which room, etc.)*
Where will the animal be kept when you are home*
Where will the animal sleep*
How long have you lived at your current residence?*
In what type of home do you live*
Do you own or rent your home*
If you rent, please enter your landlord's name and phone number*
If you rent, have you received the approval of your landlord to have an animal*
Is your yard fenced*
Yard Partially Fenced
Yard Completely Fenced
What is the height of the fence*
What type of fence*
How did you hear about us*
List at least two personal references. One reference may be a family member or DITR member. The other reference may be anyone but a family member or DITR member. Please be sure to include address and phone number. *