The alternative to a Kennel
Since WAG adoptions are not done directly from the track, fostering is a very important way to help the Greyhounds get adjusted to life off the track and to evaluate each dog before being placed into its adoptive home. We do not have a kennel; we are an all foster home network. WAG foster homes provide the love and attention the hounds need while waiting for adoptive homes.
These retired racers know nothing about stairs, glass doors, slippery floors, sleeping on dog beds, etc., so they need the patience of a caring foster family to show them the ropes. Loving foster homes are also needed for situations in which an adopter can no longer care for his or her Greyhound due to illness or other extreme circumstance.
What does fostering entail?
When you choose to foster, you are saying that you want to help these Greyhounds learn about the new life on which they are about to embark. You have chosen to take on the task of working with a Greyhound through any and all issues that might surface. As a foster parent, with our assistance and guidance, you will help the greyhound with:
- Going up and down stairs
- Getting along with other pets, such as cats and other breeds of dogs
- Introducing them to children (never leaving the greyhound and child alone)
- Good behavior inside your house and at other places such as pet stores
- Walking on a leash
- Riding in vehicles
- Teach them what “WAIT” means
What does WAG supply for foster parents?
When you foster a Greyhound with WAG, we will supply the following items while the Greyhound is in your care. (Some foster parents choose to supply food or any other items for the Greyhound. It can be considered a tax write off to a charitable organization providing you keep receipts and proper documentation).
- Crate (and bedding)
- Leash, martingale collar, tag collar with a WAG id tag
- Heartworm & Flea/Tick preventative
- Veterinary Care (and any needed medication)
- Food (if needed; some foster homes provide their own)
Experienced WAG volunteers will provide support to new foster parents. WAG adoption representatives will respect the foster parent’s thoughts on the Greyhound’s transition and new home environment.
In return, WAG requires each foster parent to communicate with the Foster Coordinator (Operations Director), other foster parents, and WAG volunteers via email, the WAG forum, or phone calls. As a foster parent, you must also attend local Meet & Greets and make the Greyhound available to adopters. If you cannot attend the event, you must make arrangements for another WAG volunteer to pick up the Greyhound. Foster parents may be asked to accompany a WAG Adoption Representative with their foster dog to a home visit to meet potential adopters.
A good reference to read is Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies by Lee Livingood
We also encourage you to participate in WAG events to familiarize yourself with Greyhounds if you do not have previous experience with this special breed.