Dog Foster Workshop for active dog foster families and new volunteers! The team here at Furever Network believe more people would volunteer to foster dogs if they were given a strong orientation program. Or perhaps you already foster dogs. You’re doing the best you can, but do you ever feel like you fall short of being the best foster care giver you can be? Can you handle a range of behaviour issues? Are you making the best match for your foster dog? Many fosters have insecurities, which is completely natural given the challenges of working with dogs whose background is often a mystery.
Clear guidelines and expectations take the edge off – knowledge is empowerment!
Furever Dog Foster Workshop
The Furever Dog Foster Workshop, 2 hours in duration, has been designed for two types of participants:
1) families and individuals who are interested in volunteer work as a dog foster caregiver and want to learn more about it, or who have just signed on with a dog rescue group and are new to fostering; and
2) experienced dog foster caregivers, to help sharpen your dog handling skills, avoid foster burn-out, and create the best possible tools to help the rescue group get the dog adopted as quickly as possible.
Topics will be tailored to the participants in each workshop. Each workshop may be spilt into smaller groups in order to cover topics appropriate to the level of experience, then the whole group together covering topics relevant to all.
The following list is not exhaustive, and indicates some of the important topics that will be customized for each workshop:
- setting your home up for foster success
- foster care expectations
- recognizing and managing rescued dog behaviour
- writing foster dog profiles
- photographing your foster dog
- managing meet and greets, with dogs, kids and strangers
- assessing potential adopters, human and animal
- for new or about to be volunteers - how to choose the right rescue organization for you
- for experienced volunteers – avoiding foster burnout
We’ll also be available to talk about other ways to help dog rescue organizations between foster dog assignments, with rescue transport being of particular need in the community.
One of the most important tools a foster family can have is contact with other dog foster volunteers. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have an opportunity to network with other dog foster volunteers, ask questions of foster and adoptive parents, dog rescue workers and our dog training professional.
Workshop Leader Dahlia Ayoub of Mighty Mutts
Workshop leaders include Furever Member Dahlia Ayoub, Mighty Mutts Dog Trainer and Volunteer Foster Coordinator for Mississauga Humane Society. Dahlia acts as a liaison to many dog rescue groups including The Dog Rescuers, Rescue Dog Match, and Save Me Rescue. She has rescued hundreds of dogs and continues to work on the front lines of dog rescue in foster, transport, rehabilitation, training and so much more.
Workshop Dates in April 2014
We currently have 2 dates planned for this workshop, one each at the downtown Toronto location and our Wylie Farm location.
OAKVILLE: Sunday April 6 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TORONTO: Sunday April 27, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
We will be adding dates in May at these locations and in Aurora according to interest from participants. Please tell us if you would like to come in the comments below! Additional dates and locations will be announced once we have feedback from our community.
OAKVILLE: Wylie Farm, 3164 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Oakville ON L6H 4H2 – easy travel from Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, West Toronto
TORONTO: Furever Network, 701 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 2W7 – easy travel from anywhere in Greater Toronto Area
AURORA: Doggy xo Daycare, 255 Industrial Parkway South, Unit 4, Aurora ON L4G 3V5 – dates to be announced
Workshop Cost: $20 per person ** paid in advance via PayPal or Interac; Registration Deadline April 1. $30 at the door
** PLUS ** Current Foster Volunteers Receive One Free Professional Photo Session for their Rescue Organization with each Registration!