How are you notified of various potential fostering situations in various states?

Just saw on the news in Phoenix, AZ that 9 labradoodles were rescued today from a home. I have already submitted a foster application but was wondering, how are you even aware of doodles in the various state that may need fostering? Are you in contact with the local rescue organizations here?

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Comment by michele, puddy & milo! on September 25, 2013 at 6:26pm

Debbie - most shelters do not call on any rescue even if a particular rescue has a relationship with them. Generally, they just don't have the time for that. At least where I am in Los Angeles. We used to have someone watch petfinder for the dogs that are posted from shelters and then when a regional director sees one that might be in danger, they call the shelter and see what they can do. Right now we don't really have anyone doing that on a regular basis. I usually get networked doodles in shelters by contacts I have made in my own community (southern CA)

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on September 16, 2013 at 12:03pm

These are really good questions, Debbie, and I am sure others have wanted to ask but didn't.

Comment by Debbie Tew on September 15, 2013 at 10:25pm

Well that certainly makes a lot of sense. Thank you for clarifying for me. This is the first and only rescue organization I have had any dealings with so was not sure of protocols.  I guess I was under the impression that they tried to get certain breeds to the specific breed rescue organizations. Not sure how to phrase that. I thought "they"/shelters would send certain breeds to particular organizations.  Well, I'm just making this complicated! ;) You know what I mean, right?  Like a doodle, they call you. Basset hound they call a basset hound rescue, etc.

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on September 15, 2013 at 10:15pm

There is really no such thing as being "registered" with local organizations. First of all, there are tens of thousands of shelters and tens of thousands of rescues; nobody can have contacts with all of them. And not all shelters work with rescue. Many will not turn a dog over to rescue at all, if the dog is adoptable.

Some shelters workers will call us when the shelter is overcrowded or a dog's life is in danger, or the dog is just not doing well in the shelter. Occasionally a breed-specific rescue will call us when they get a doodle and feel they cannot place him. But when a dog is safe with an organization who has room for him and can place him, he's already been rescued, lol. There is no need to do it twice. :) 

Fostering is intended to give temporary housing to dogs who are in danger or homeless. We don't seek out "leads" or try to acquire an inventory of dogs. 

Many of our dogs are relinquished to us from owners. We have no way of knowing ahead of time when that will happen or in what part of the country it will happen. We wish it didn't happen at all. Other times, someone alerts us to a doodle in a kill shelter, listed on Petfinder or elsewhere. Again, we have no way of knowing when or where that will happen. There is really no way to determine what the "odds" are that a foster will be needed in any particular part of the country at any given time. The demand is certainly greater in certain areas than others, though.

Comment by Debbie Tew on September 15, 2013 at 9:48pm

Thank you for following up.  I knew they were placed in Joe Arpaio's MASH unit, but it just got me thinking about how you get your leads.  I had been thinking of being a foster for other local organizations but had already signed up with you guys.  I didn't want to NOT have space available if you guys called on me to foster for you, as I prefer the doodles, but guess the chance is low that I will ever be called upon being in AZ and all. So, your organization isn't really registered with the local organizations, so that they would immediately and automatically call on you if they happened to get that particular breed?  Sorry, just trying to understand the protocol better and figure out the odds of your organization ever calling on me to foster.

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on September 15, 2013 at 9:21pm

The dogs in AZ were seized by local authorities. They are not looking for fosters, the dogs are being housed and cared for by female inmates, and are safe. 

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on September 14, 2013 at 10:45am

Sometimes shelter workers contact us to take a dog into our program. Other times, an individual sees a doodle in a kill shelter and contacts us. It depends on the situation. 

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