Four Paws Sake, NYC believes that there’s a great home for every dog. How to make that happen is the real work of rescue. We’re committed to bringing dogs and guardians together who are right for each other. We do it by knowing the dog, and knowing the prospective guardian.
First, we know the dogs we place. We seek out temperament evaluations from ACC staff and ACC volunteers in the attempt to pair dogs with the right home. It’s not perfect, but it goes a long way toward getting a feel for who the dog should go to.
Next, we learn about the adopters. We look at lifestyle, energy level, experience, tolerances. It’s communicating about expectations and commitment, not just for the next few weeks when the dog comes into their life, but for life.
Last, we stay in touch. After the initial home visit, we’re available to offer help, support and advice. We welcome knowing how everyone is settling in. Pictures are great, an occasional email. Our job is to support the owner and dog throughout the process.
Shelter dogs are a unique challenge because they have pasts we often can’t know. What we do know is that once matched with the right guardian — with time, respect and patience — a shelter dog offers unparalleled love and gratitude every day, in every way, to the person who saved them. It is unlike any other relationship on earth.
FOSTERING IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT STEP AFTER A RESCUE DOG GETS OUT OF THE SHELTER
It’s how a dog gets to decompress, be a dog again. It’s when a dog recovers, rehabilitates and recoups after what they’ve been through. It’s where a dog can experience being in a home, so they’ll be ready for their forever one.
Four Paws Sake, NYC takes fostering as seriously as adoption. That’s why we want our fosters to be fully prepared for the experience. We give our fosters 24/7 help, support, advice. We NEVER leave you stranded. We partner with our fosters in finding the best guardian, to ensure it’s a home that lasts a lifetime. What does it mean to foster? You bring a shelter dog into your life and your home. You treat them as if they were your own; good food, lots of exercise, attention. You might have to housetrain, or re-train. You share in the re-homing process, screen applicants, show the dog. We ask for a commitment to adoption.
Fostering is truly a selfless act. It is a promise to give time, energy, and emotion. It takes heart, patience and a sense of humor. Most of all, it takes love.
We believe when you foster you not only save a dog’s life and give it a far, far better future, you give yourself one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.
Four Paws Sake is a no-kill organization dedicated to ending pet overpopulation. Our mission is to rescue from kill shelters, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs. Additionally, we generate awareness in the community about the prevention of animal abuse and neglect as well as spay/neuter programs and their important effect on the dog and cat overpopulation crisis in NYC. All rescued animals are examined by a veterinarian, given vaccinations, spayed/neutered, treated for any health problems and rehabilitated if necessary. Our goal is to place animals into good loving homes for life. Four Paws Sake has a return policy on all adoptions.
As we strive to place the appropriate dog in the appropriate home, a completed adoption application must be returned to us before an appointment can be arranged to visit with our animals We are a foster based rescue organization, so we do not have a physical shelter.
The adoption application helps us to learn more about you, your home, and your level of experience, if any, with dogs. Home visits, vet references, and contract signing (which stipulates the animal MUST be returned to us if you can no longer care for him/her) are also part of the adoption process. This is all to ensure the safety of the dog since we don't know you.