Getting Ready to Foster

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”
You know you are ready to foster if:

You want to change the life of a boxer and help another family find the right dog for their home. And you
have the space in your home and the time in your schedule to dedicate to a temporary boxer guest and
give him/her all the unconditional love, care and attention he/she deserves until his/her forever family is found.

The Rewards of Fostering

Your motivation for fostering a boxer is personal to you alone. In fact, you may not even be thinking about
any benefit which will come to you when fostering a boxer but only thinking of the dog you are helping to
save. But please know by fostering a SouthPaw Boxer rescue you are:

– Making room for other dogs in the shelter, freeing space to help more dogs in need
– Builds on your canine expertise
– Gives you those warm fuzzies that rescuing a dog can provide
– Brings fun and companionship into your life as well as the dog’s
– Brings indescribable satisfaction when you see a foster boxer develop into a loving companion and is able to find his/her forever home and a happy family because of you and may cause you to fall in

How the foster process works

1. Read this document and sign the electronic Foster Agreement you’ll receive separately indicating you
have read and understand the commitment required for fostering a SouthPaw Boxer.
2. Once you’re approved to foster someone from SouthPaw Boxer Rescue will reach out to you once a
boxer in need of foster care is identified and taken into the rescue. Please know that the coordinator
will give you as much information about the boxer as we know about him/her. However, most times
very little is known about a dog’s background since most were strays so there’s very little to share.

How the foster process works

1. Read this document and sign the electronic Foster Agreement you’ll receive separately indicating you
have read and understand the commitment required for fostering a SouthPaw Boxer.
2. Once you’re approved to foster someone from SouthPaw Boxer Rescue will reach out to you once a
boxer in need of foster care is identified and taken into the rescue. Please know that the coordinator
will give you as much information about the boxer as we know about him/her. However, most times
very little is known about a dog’s background since most were strays so there’s very little to share.

How the foster process works

To provide unconditional love, care, and attention to the foster. Many boxers come from environments
where their basic need for love and attention has gone unmet. Sometimes there has been abuse and
neglect such as food and medical care. Sometimes there has been physical abuse. In any case, your
foster will need to learn to trust you and those in your family and this requires time and patience.

Boxers are typically a high energy breed so you should also be willing and able to provide

– Socialization and cuddle time to help establish trust and teach the dog positive family and pet
– Lots of exercise, play time and positive stimulation to help them develop into a great dog.

The rescue pays for veterinary services and as a foster parent you would be responsible for getting them to
and from veterinary appointments and give any prescribed medication or treatment to the boxer as
prescribed by the vet.

SouthPaw Boxer Rescue ensures every boxer taken in is brought up to date on vaccinations, is spayed or
neutered and started on heartworm preventative. If one is determined to be heartworm positive, SouthPaw
Boxer Rescue pays for their treatment.

Above all, a foster family should be able and willing to provide a safe and secure environment, plenty of
time for the boxer to decompress and become familiar with its surroundings and demonstrate to the boxer
that it is a wanted and valued member of the family, even if its stay with your family will be short.

What do I need to do in my home to get ready to foster a boxer?

Even if you already have dogs in your home, you will still need to do some preparation work before getting
your foster. Foster dogs usually come with very few possessions and will need their own toys and other
supplies to help them settle in and feel at home.

Without the benefit of knowing a lot about your foster’s background or behavior pattern, you will want to do
some amount of dog proofing in your home. Until your foster has sufficiently decompressed, he/she should
be confined to a crate or a small room in your home (such as the laundry room), eventually he/she will
likely have access to some or all of the rooms in your home. Keep in mind that some boxers may lack the
curiosity or mischievous nature to chew furniture or electrical cords, pull on drapes or counter surf while
others have a whirling dervish personality and will need to be trained to avoid these behaviors. No matter
the foster’s personality or tendencies, it is highly recommended that you do not leave the foster loose in
your home while you are away until you know if he/she will be okay left to roam free.

Once you have determined that your foster is housebroken and will not engage in destructive behavior
when you are out of the room, you may decide that the boxer can be left alone in a room for short periods
of time while you are still in the home and can check on him/her periodically. Below is a suggested
preparation checklist to prepare for your foster.

– Clear away small and sharp objects like paper clips, nails, staples, needles and rubber bands from
low tables and floors
– Move curtains or drapes that can be chewed or pulled off the wall out of reach
– Move electrical cords out of reach
– Keep washer and dryer units closed
– Cover trash cans to keep out curious noses
– Install childproof latches for cabinets where toxic cleaning supplies and medications are kept
– Keep toilet lids closed
– Keep all houseplants out of reach (You may want to do a Google search of your houseplants to
ensure none of them are poisonous to animals)

It’s important to get down to a dog’s eye-level to look for safety hazards you may have missed – including
escape opportunities in your backyard fence.

How much money will I need to spend on my foster boxer?

That’s at your discretion. We ask that you provide your foster with the following:

– Food and water bowls
– Crate
– Bedding (blanket, towels, or washable dog bed)
– Leash
– Harness
– Regular collar
– A baby gate may be needed to keep them separated
– Toys (hard rubber balls, Kong, Nylabones, etc.) No Rawhide toys or products, as they have
been proven to be fatal to some dogs

How much time do I need to spend with a foster boxer?

As much as you can. Boxers are typically a very social breed and love to be around their people. With that
said, the amount of time required will vary depending on the energy level and the needs of the dog. Ideally,
a younger dog may need 2 hours or more per day to become adequately stimulated and exercised. An
older dog may require much less. Regardless of exercise and playtime, boxers normally like to hang out
with their people and snuggle.

Can I foster a boxer even if I have a full-time job?

Yes. The foster application and home visit are designed to help the foster coordinator match you with the
best animal for your needs and your schedule. You would just need to provide sufficient exercise before you
go to and/or after you return from work.

Can I foster a boxer even if I do not have a fenced-in yard?

Yes. SouthPaw Boxer requests that you supervise all outdoor activities with the foster Boxer and always
keep him/her on a leash when walking. Although this close supervision is always important, it is even more
so during the first few weeks of a boxer’s stay with you. During this time, the dog will most likely be
anxious and the tendency to escape from the yard is often heightened. We have had foster dogs to “flee” when an opportunity presents itself so be very careful when opening your car doors and the door to your

How long will the dog be in foster care?

Ideally, a foster boxer will stay in its assigned foster home until a forever family is found and he/she is
adopted. The time for this varies depending on the foster’s medical condition and age. Many people only
want younger dogs under three. It also depends on the amount of “marketing” you do on behalf of your
foster. As his/her foster, we rely on you to provide updates on the dog’s personality, likes and dislikes in
order to promote him/her for adoption as well as bringing your foster to local events if you’re able to. This
process is very important in finding his/her forever family. Bi-weekly updates on your foster will help
promote him/her and get potential adopters’ interest. You can email your updates best told from the dog’s
perspective to

Can I let my foster boxer play with my personal pets?

The short answer is “yes”, but with a few considerations. First, your foster boxer must be allowed sufficient
time to decompress (you should have received ‘Decompressing a Rescue Dog’ already, if not please email before the f is introduced to your family pets or any other animal. You should
also ensure your personal pets are healthy and up to date on all vaccines. Dogs in shelters are susceptible
to illness and can carry or catch different diseases. Even if your foster does not come directly from a
shelter, often its health status will be unknown. It is best to be patient before introducing the foster to other
animals until proper decompression time has been given.

Can I adopt my foster boxer?

If the foster is a good fit for your family you can adopt him/her but you must inform SPBR before you have
been introduced to any potential adopters on your foster’s list. ** First time fosters cannot adopt your
foster if he/she is under 2 years old due to the long wait list we have for boxers under 2 years old. After
your first foster, you may adopt any foster. However, we do have a 6 month wait period after adopting your
1st one.

Can I take my foster boxer on family vacations?

Yes. Spending time with your foster is very important. A camping trip, some time on the beach, etc., which
includes your foster gives you time to get to know him/her in a setting other than your home and gives
your foster additional time to build trust with you in a different environment.

Who will care for my foster boxer if I need to go out of town, become hospitalized or otherwise am unavailable to care for him/her?

If you have travel plans or have advanced notice that you will temporarily be unable to care for your foster
boxer you should notify your Boxer Manager as soon as possible. SouthPaw Boxer will find another
SouthPaw volunteer who can care for your foster during your absence. If one can’t be secured, SouthPaw
Boxer Rescue will pay for a reasonably priced boarding facility during your absence.

What if my foster dog bites me/shows aggression?

Put the foster in a crate or confine to a separate room and contact your Boxer Manager immediately.

Am I required to take my foster boxer to SouthPaw Boxer Rescue adoption events?

The goal for you and your foster boxer is to help him/her find a forever home as soon as they’re ready.
After the initial 2-week decompression period, it will be time to introduce the foster to the public. There are
a number of ways to do this, including:

– Putting an “Adopt Me” bandana on your foster when you go out and about
– Writing a detailed profile/description of your foster and provide photos/videos and send to your
Boxer Manager for posting on the SouthPaw Boxer Rescue website and social media links and then
updating your foster’s story on a regular basis. You are asked to provide updates every 10-14 days
while your foster is in your care. All updates should be emailed to
– Attending SouthPaw Boxer Rescue adoption events when possible.

What if I know of someone who is interested in adopting my foster?

If you feel the person would be a good boxer mom/dad and if you, yourself, would feel comfortable leaving
your foster and any of your personal pets with this person, then please contact Jane at or Candace at and provide details. Also ask the
prospective adopter to start the adoption process submitting an adoption application at: Once your foster is available for adoption, Jane or Candace will
send approved applications to you to begin the process. A dog cannot be held for any one person, but we
will try to accommodate referrals from foster parents when possible.

Do I have a say in determining who can adopt my foster?

Yes. We depend on a number of factors to determine the right forever family for each dog. As the foster
parent, you know and understand your foster the best. Therefore, you will be asked to speak with approved
adopters that you select and arrange for a meet and greet with them along with your foster and any dog(s)
which already reside in their home, and then communicate your impressions and recommendations to Jane
or Candace. As the foster parent, you know your foster best and we want you to choose his/her forever
home. The meet and greets ideally should be held at your home or a local park. Some of our approved
adopters may live a couple hours away. In those instances, we ask that you be willing to meet the potential
adopter halfway at a neutral location such as a local park (no dog parks please).
Thank you for opening your home and heart to save the life of a boxer in need and giving them a safe,
loving home in order to prepare him/her for their forever family.

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Jane Gantt

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