A WORD ABOUT FOSTER HOMES FOR RESCUE DOGS
So many people today want to rescue instead of shop for a dog - I think that is a fantastic trend.
But what many people don't realize is that the pups on our page are safe - they have already been "pulled" from the kill shelter and are in loving foster homes. (That's how we are able to tell you so much about their personalities.)
Foster homes offer a bridge between the horrific conditions of a kill shelter and a new loving forever home. Without foster homes, we would have nowhere to put the dogs we rescue.
A foster is much more than that. Fosters love each pup that comes through the door as if it were their own, and then are happy to see them move on to their happily ever after, much the way parents feel when their children get married and move away. It is bittersweet. But their loving work helps each animal to forget those horrors and to adjust to the life of a happy, domestic pet. It's not always easy, but it is so worthwhile.
So if you are on the fence about adopting, or if you are one of those people who wants to make a difference, why not consider fostering for a little while?The joy it will bring to your home is immeasurable, and the knowledge that you have saved a life simply by opening your heart and home to an animal who would otherwise be dead - that is a feeling that is indescribable.
And if you do adopt a dog that has been in foster, please remember the work that your foster parent did. Our fosters are all volunteers.
Remember that there are more animals on the way - dogs and cats who are just recently coming off death row and are not yet in New Jersey - who are not yet pictured on our list of available pets. Preview them and click each photo to read about their stories at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.328055363884065.78954.327992850556983&type=3
At Home Free Animal Rescue, our goal is to make adopting a rescue dog as simple as possible. Our adoption application is very short and can be found on our website: http://www.homefreeanimalrescue.com/adopt-foster/adoption-application/
Our adoptable animals are all fully vetted, including spay/neuter, shots and microchip. All are temporarily housed in private foster homes, so many are already housebroken or well on the way, some are crate trained, and many are working on leash-walking and basic obedience. Our foster families are also alert to our pets' behaviors and needs so that we are better able to fit pet to adopter based on personality and requirements. When looking to adopt a new friend through HFAR, please be sure to let us know what's important to you, so that we can help place the perfect pet in your home.
Our fees are based on the costs incurred in rescuing each animal on an individual basis, but on average the fees are around $150 - $200. This just about covers the cost of basic vetting, temporary boarding, transportation to NJ, and incidentals like collar, leash, dewormer, food and toys. Many dogs require additional vetting or supplies, which we can never hope to recoup through adoption fees, so donations are always very much needed and appreciated.
Remember playing as a kid and yelling "HOME FREE" when you landed safely on home base? Well that's us - we're home base for death-row dogs and cats! Our goal is to remove as many barriers as possible so that it's easier for folks to adopt a rescue pet. Simple application, low-cost adoption, short and to-the-point adoption contract. We think our rescues are among the nicest animals we've ever met, too, and we work very hard to be careful match-makers between animal and adopter. We aim for long-lasting relationships! Please visit our Happy Tails web page to see the beautiful faces of our HFAR alumni! http://www.homefreeanimalrescue.com/happy-tails/
Our adoption headquarters is based out of Joel McFadden Designs retail store in Red Bank, NJ. You can meet our rescue pets there by appointment. We often bring one of our fosters to work with us - feel free to drop by anytime to see who is "on duty" as our official greeter for the day!