Fostering

Thank you for choosing Lexington Pit Crew (LPC) as your rescue! As a Foster Volunteer, we’re sure you have many questions about how things work. Hopefully this pamphlet will answer some of those, however feel free to contact any of the volunteers listed.

What we provide for our fosters:

  • Food
  • Vet appointments
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchip
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Crate (if possible or necessary)
  • Treats, toys or bones (if we have them)

We have a lot of donations such as food, treats, toys, bones, collars, leashes, puppy pads, and wipes. Whenever those are available, we will pass them out to whomever needs them. Always ask! We may or may not have them, but it never hurts to ask!

We ask for your help with transport to vet appointments when you are able. If you know you will be unavailable, please reach out to our Foster Liaison, Shannon Smith. There are usually a couple of people who can help. It is your responsibility to let the vetting coordinator, Heather Terrell, know if your foster pup seems ill or has been injured. Heather will try to schedule routine vetting care (spay/neuter or vaccines) to fit your availability as best she can. We try to have new fosters in to see a vet quickly after intake, just to make sure they are healthy. Puppies will receive 3 series of vaccination two to three apart after intake.

We have found that when you bring a dog into your home, it helps to keep them separate from your pack for a bit. It doesn’t have to be totally separate or for a long time, usually a few days to a week works well. This allows time for a dog decompress and integrate into the pack in a healthy manner. Sometimes crate and rotate works (where you crate the foster, while the family pets are out then crate the family pets to let the foster out) because the animals can smell and meet each other and get accustomed. **Feed foster dogs separately from personal dogs **

We have many Adoption Events and we strongly encourage you to bring your Foster as often as you are able. These are super important because they give the public an opportunity to meet our dogs and they get tons of socialization and exposure at these events. If you cannot bring your foster, maybe you can help with other fosters there. We often have several fosters in one home, so any extra hands are appreciated! Puppies that have had 2 round of shots can come to these events as well. Please, please, please, keep puppies who haven’t had their 2nd round of shots at home. Don’t take them to the dog parks, stores, or playgrounds until they have had their 2nd round of shots. They are susceptible to all kinds of diseases without that 2nd round of shots. When they are able to be in public, ask on of our Volunteers if we have an adopt me bandanas. Wearing one of those can be a great way to help the dog you foster get some attention when in public. Maybe it will be the key in helping them find their forever family!

We would love for our Foster Volunteers to help teach basic manners like sitting, potty training, walking on a leash, not nipping, or anything else that would help make them adoptable. Also take lots of pictures and post them on Facebook! The more people who see these sweet pups, the better!

We do not condone punishment such as hitting or swatting. A lot of our fosters come from physically abusive situations. We suggest spray bottles with water. If you need help, you can reach out to anyone in the Facebook group, they all have tricks to pass along.

As a foster, you accept the risk of illness/injury to your family dogs by bringing in unknown fosters. This includes illnesses such as kennel cough, worms, and fleas, act. Fights may occur in packs, unfortunately, if your family dog is injured, the vetting is your responsibility. This is yet another reason to integrate a foster slowly and always feed them separate.

We ask that you do not change their rescue name, as all the records are kept with the name we gave them. It makes keeping up with who is where very confusing.

The general process from referral to adoption: A referral can come from a personal home or a shelter. The intake volunteer gets an email and gathers information about the dog, such as temperament, health concerns, and vet background. Then, they decide based on space and policies if we are able to place the dog in a foster that fits the criteria.

When we get an application for adoption for a specific dog, we first do some routine checks. We call their vet, landlord and references. Next, we set up a home visit. We just want to make sure they can and will meet the dogs needs. After the home visit, we set up a meet and greet. We do this, so the foster can meet the potential adopters, other animals, and children in their home. We want it to be a great fit! If all goes well, the foster will spend the next two weeks as a trial period, so if anything goes wrong, he or she can come back to the foster home. If it all works out, the adopters will finalize the paperwork and pay the adoption fee!

Adult dogs are $175, and puppies are $225. This covers shots, microchip and spay/neuter.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact anyone below:

Shannon Smith – Foster Liaison / Event Coordinator
Shannonmsmith1@gmail.com

Heather Terrell- Vetting Coordinator/ Adoption Closer
Lexpitvetting@gmail.com

Ciara Hagedorn- Intake Team/ Application Processing/Events/ Fundraisers
eventsforlpc@gmail.com

Leigh Ann Padgett- Supplies Coordinator/Accounting/ Intake Team
Facebook Messenger

Elizabetha Murphy-  Application Processing
FB Messenger or tiffpitcrew@gmail.com

Nikki Duncan- Social Media/ Intake Team/ Fundraising
nikkipitcrew@gmail.com or FB Messenger