Foster homes are the core of the rescue. BBR has no shelter or kennel, so without foster homes we would not be able to rescue any dogs.
Foster Home Qualifications
1. You must live in Ohio. We require all potential fosters to have a home visit. We will sometimes accept fosters outside of the state but you MUST be willing to transport the foster dog to and from Columbus as needed for medical care, meet n greets and/or events for exposure. 2. All other dogs in your home must be spayed or neutered and kept up to date on vaccinations/heartworm preventative. Exceptions are made for dogs who cannot be spayed or neutered due to medical reasons - this reason MUST be given on your application. 3. You must be over the age of 24 to foster. 4. We require fosters to foster at least one dog through the process or for 6 months (whichever comes first) before allowing a foster family to adopt their foster dog. 5. Must be willing to accept English or French Bulldogs (although it is fairly rare we get French Bulldogs compared to English). 6. Provide food and flea/tick preventative for foster dog. Many bulldogs require expensive grain/poultry free foods - you will be expected to provide this. 7. Help with transporting of foster dog to and from vet appointments 8. Practice slow-intro of foster dog to resident dogs and children 9. Understand that these are rescues. Many rescues come with "baggage" and often need help with house-training, crate-training and basic commands. Furthermore, they often have medical issues unlike many other breeds so you should be prepared to help do things like clean facial folds, give medicated baths, follow strict diets, apply eye medications and ear drops etc. 10. We do not allow our fosters to pick and choose their foster dog(s). We place the dogs in foster based on what their needs are. If a dog has more medical issues and needs to stay close to the vet, we choose a foster near one of our vets (typically in the Columbus area) 11. We expect our fosters to communicate with the Directors on a regular basis and to provide updates/pictures often so that we can place the foster dogs appropriately. Communication is VERY important.
Our intake-to-foster process is (usually) as follows: The dog is brought in and taken to our vet upon intake (unless the dog has recently seen a vet). All or most medical issues are addressed in order to help minimize trips back and forth to the vet and the dog is moved to his/her foster home based on their needs. We try to always have fosters lined up prior to committing to taking on a new dog.
Because our foster dogs sometimes spend extra time at the vet or come to us from a shelter, there is a chance he/she could develop a contagious respiratory infection/kennel cough. It is for this reason that we ask that you have your dog given the bordatella vaccination. But because, like human influenza, there are many strains, there's no guarantee it will guard against the viruses. You must understand and accept that you are taking this risk (there is always this risk with any new dog you bring into your home). We will provide vet care ONLY for our dogs, not resident dogs.
While we understand that some families are very passionate about fostering, we do ask that our foster homes not bring any new dogs into their home while one of our foster dogs is present unless this is communicated to us first. Just as we know you don't want to incur any additional expenses or have your dogs exposed to outside diseases/microorganisms, we don't either.
Fostering is a very important part of our organization and we welcome your application. Because we want and need committed fosters, we do have the requirement that you foster at least one dog prior to adoption. If you are only interested in adopting and are fostering to trial a dog, we recommend that you apply to adopt instead; it takes a lot of time and effort to get families setup to foster and accustomed to our policies.