Foster > Foster Overview
A foster home is a temporary home for one of our Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA) Greyhounds awaiting adoption. Being a foster home entails welcoming a hound into your home to help start the acclimation to its new life as a family pet. Most of our homes have their foster hound between two days to seven weeks, depending on the type of fostering assignment.
How Fostering Helps SEGA
- Lets the Greyhounds begin their transition from a professional athlete to a pet and acclimate to their new "home-life" environment.
- Creates room at our kennel for more rescued hounds to be brought in from the track.
Why Volunteers Feel Good About Fostering
- They are able to connect with a hound and feel a great sense of accomplishment in preparing it for its “forever home”
- After the adoption, they can follow the progress of the hound and assist the new owners in the transition.
- When fostering they are introduced to many of the other volunteers and programs in SEGA.
- Volunteers are helping SEGA in one of the most critical areas of need. Without enough foster homes, we will not be able to help the Greyhounds that need a little extra preparation for their life as a pet.
There Are Different Ways To Be Part of the Program
- You can be a foster vacation family, where you take a hound that is already with a foster family while they are on vacation.
- Another way to participate is to foster a hound that has been adopted but there is a short delay until the adoptive family is ready to take custody.
- There is also the opportunity to foster a Greyhound that has, for whatever reason, been in the kennel too long and needs the loving
attention of a family.
- We also take in Greyhounds from owners who can no longer keep their dogs. Typically, we have good background information and
can match up the personality of the returned hound to a well-suited foster home.
- Time: Typically the time period is two days to seven weeks for a foster assignment, depending on the individual hound's situation and the availability of potential adopters.
- Emotional: Fostering a Greyhound takes a large emotional commitment. The Greyhound will require love and understanding as he or she adapts to the home environment from the kennel environment. To be a successful foster home, it helps to have experience with the breed, patience, and a big heart.
- Financial: SEGA provides all the medical care for the foster hound. All you
have to do is provide the food.
Foster Group Organization
The foster group is made up of several foster coordinators who are assigned different geographic areas of greater Atlanta. The foster coordinator for your area is there to support you in your effort to provide a temporary home for your foster. They will make their first contact with you after you complete the foster application. They will be there to help you throughout your entire fostering experience.