FOSTERING WITH KOREAN K9 RESCUE
Thank you for your interest in fostering with Korean K9 Rescue. KK9R does not have a shelter space and can only rescue as many dogs as we have fosters for, so by being a foster parent, you are directly helping to save the lives of deserving pups.
We rely on our foster homes to assess the personality of the pet, identify any behavioral issues that need to be worked on, etc. The more information the foster home can provide us, the more likely the ultimate placement of the dog is successful. Fostering is a very rewarding and fulfilling way to help out. The more foster parents we have - the more dogs we can help!
Please read through the information below and be sure you fully understand fostering before you submit an application. If you have any remaining questions after reading through this page, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel that fostering is the right fit for you, please apply here We review all applications and will reach out to those who meet our criteria. Thank you!
What are the basic requirements for fostering with Korean K9 Rescue?
● You must be age 24 years or older and live in the Brooklyn, Queens or Manhattan only.
● You cannot have any intact (un-neutered on un-spayed) pets in your home. All of your
pets must be up to date with shots and vaccinations.
● You must have a stable, dog-approved residence, where everyone living there is in
agreement to have a dog.
● Anyone who is co-fostering with you (i.e., will be walking or helping care for the dog)
must also sign the foster contract and be available for the required initial home visit.
● You must be able to commit to a foster period of at least 10-14 days.
● You must be able to transport the dog to and from adoption events and occasional
meetings with potential adopters. Adoption events occur 3-4 times per month and are
held on weekends, generally in Williamsburg, Long Island City or Sunnyside.
● You must fill out a foster application and upon approval, sign our KK9R Foster Agreement.
● You must join our private Facebook group for fosters.
What does Korean K9 Rescue expect from fosters?
● KK9R provides food, necessary medication, and a crate to fosters. We also supply a
martingale collar, harness and leash (which must be returned). Fosters provide
everything else such as pee pee pads, toys, treats etc.
● Fosters provide the dog with exercise, basic obedience, crate, and house training.
● The dogs have been on a plane and in a travel crate for a long time and often need a
bath upon arrival! Fosters should be willing to give their foster pup a good washing with
an all natural soap or shampoo.
● They are responsible for the safety of each foster dog that comes into their care, and for
the safety of other dogs and people the dog comes into contact with.
● They never leave their foster dog unattended with infants, children or other dogs.
● Fosters always keep a martingale collar with a KK9R ID tag on the dog at all times, in
addition to a harness for walking the dog. Harnesses should be removed when the dog
is in it’s crate or left alone.
● They keep foster dogs on their leash any time they are outside of a home or securely
fenced yard. Leashes must be attached to BOTH the martingale collar and harness.
● They do not take foster dogs to dog runs or dog parks (or off-leash hours at parks).
Please discuss exceptions with KK9R directors.
● Whenever they are not home or able to supervise a foster dog, they crate the foster dog
and agree to work on crate training on an ongoing basis. They will not leave the dog
unattended with bully sticks or other chew toys.
● At no time are foster dogs tied up outside (in a yard, in front of a café, store, etc.).
● Fosters immediately notify KK9R in the event of a missing, injured, or sick dog. They
also provide insights into the foster dog’s temperament and give updates and photos
What does Korean K9 Rescue provide?
● Collars, ID tag, leash, and crate (if you don’t already have one at home). We also pay for
all required and approved medical procedures and expenses (vet visits, medications, etc.).
● Grain-free food and any necessary medications.
● Monthly flea/tick preventatives for all foster dogs, which is usually administered before
the dog is picked up by the foster.
Are vet visits covered?
Approved medical expenses for each foster dog are covered by Korean K9 Rescue at our rescue vet (Faithful Friends Animal Hospital at 2455 McDonald Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223). You need approval from us before going to the vet so we can schedule an appointment. Emergency vet visits to Blue Pearl or VERG also must be pre-approved – please contact us immediately if your dog has an emergency outside of normal office hours.
I already have other pets at home. Can I still foster?
● Yes, as long as your other pets are spayed/neutered and do not have a history of
aggressive behavior with other animals. Foster dogs and cats should be introduced to
each other slowly and cautiously over a period of a few days to a week while the dog is
kept on a leash. Even if your foster dog or your current pet has been housed with other
animals before, no one can guarantee its behavior with your other pets will be the same.
● Just as with children, don’t leave your foster dog in the same room as other animals
● Do not feed your foster dog in the same room as other pets, and don’t leave toys and
treats laying around the house.
● If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can put you in touch with an
experienced foster or trainer to assist you with introducing your animals.
What makes a good foster home?
If you’ve had some experience with dogs before, have a basic understanding of their needs, and a touch of common sense… you’re a good foster candidate! Our dogs are looking for structure, lots of love, walks, meals, and patience. If you think you can give this to a dog, you should consider fostering.
How long will I foster a dog for?
To provide for as much stability as possible, we require a minimum two week commitment. Preferably your foster dog will stay with you until they are adopted. We are fortunate in that most dogs usually find forever homes quite quickly!
We also ask that you are able to be available within 24 hours if an adopter has been approved for your foster dog. You may be asked to bring your foster dog to a specific location (usually one of the pet stores where we hold adoption events) or a KK9R volunteer may pick up your foster to bring them to the adopter, or to meet the adopter.
What kind of issues might come up with my foster dog when fostering?
Each foster dog is completely different. Because these dogs are coming from dog meat farms, high kill shelters, puppy mills, etc. fosters may have to work through many different things, ranging from separation anxiety, fear of the city, house training, etc. We have many experienced fosters and mentors who can help you with these challenges, as long as you are willing to work through it! You should notify us immediately if you discover any health issues such as hacking, coughing, upper respiratory, throwing up, diarrhea, etc.
What about health issues?
All of our dogs must be fully vetted and put through a quarantine period in Korea before they are able to fly to the US. Adult dogs are usually spayed/neutered before they arrive, but puppies often are not. KK9R will arrange for a spay/neuter visit if needed. If there are any known health issues, you will be notified in advance. We will make sure that you are comfortable dealing with any additional issues that the pup may have.
Do I have any say in who adopts my foster?
Yes! KK9R directors ultimately make the final decision in the adoption process, but we encourage fosters to give any input they have. Though not a requirement, some fosters also volunteer at our adoption events where they are able to meet interested adopters and help choose the perfect fit.
What is involved in the adoption process?
Korean K9 Rescue places dogs based on best fit – not a first-come basis. We require all interested adopters come to one of our adoption events to meet the available dogs. They must also fill out an adoption application, which can be done in advance on the KK9R website or at the event on one of our tablets. Occasionally, a private meet and greet can be arranged.
At the event, adopters are able to take dogs for 10 minute walks and speak with volunteers about their interests and needs. If a potential adopter decides that they are ready to move forward with their application for a specific dog, they will need to speak with one of the KK9R volunteers for an informal interview. They MUST do this before leaving the event or their application will be removed from consideration.
After the event, KK9R will evaluate the application and call references. If everything is OK, we will then send someone out for a home visit. Once the adopter passes their home visit, they are approved. The final step is paying the adoption fee and signing the adoption agreement. Adoptions are usually carried out within a few days of an adoption event.
There are often many strong applications for each dog and interested adopters may need to attend several events before being selected for a pup! We do our best to pre-approve where possible so that arriving dogs might be able to go directly to their forever homes.
Can I keep the dog I foster if I want to?
First time fosters have a foster trial period and must cycle through their first few assigned fosters before they are able to adopt. After the trial period, fosters have the option of adopting their foster pup. We call it ‘foster failing’ and many of our volunteers are victims! Our policies require that you fill out the appropriate adoption paperwork and pay the standard adoption fee.
Will I know what happens to my foster dog after they are adopted?
Often yes! We encourage all of our adopters to join our Korean K9 Rescue Adopters Network page on Facebook where they can post pup photos and updates. Many of our dogs end up with their own Instagram pages and we also host reunions every so often. If you develop a relationship with any of the adopters, you are more than welcome to keep in touch!