HOW FOSTERING HELPS SEGA
Fostering a Greyhound allows it to begin the transition from a professional athlete to a pet and acclimate to a new “home-life” environment. It also helps create room at our adoption kennel for more rescued hounds to be brought in from the track.
WHY VOLUNTEERS FEEL GOOD ABOUT FOSTERING
Not only do the Greyhounds who are fostered benefit, but there are rewards for foster volunteers as well:
- 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.
ways to be a part of the program
There are a number of different ways foster volunteers can be part of the foster program:
- Be a foster vacation family, where you take a hound that is already with a foster family while they are on vacation.
- Foster a hound that has been adopted but there is a short delay until the adoptive family is ready to take custody.
- Foster a Greyhound that has, for whatever reason, been in the kennel too long and needs the loving attention of a family.
- Foster a Greyhound who has been returned by a owner 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.
Being a foster volunteer requires a commitment of time, emotion, and a small financial component:
- 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.