Helping homeless animals through social media is more than a catch phrase or tag line to us. It’s actually our core philosophy. Through social media we keep up on what animals are in the greatest immediate needs. Then using our contacts in that area and others we broadcast out the message. We also contact individuals and groups close to that area for there assistance. Such as getting the animals released to a rescuer or group. Thats how TAAG came into being. Our President was trying to rescue a dog in Baltimore MD. She couldn’t get a rescue group to assist in “pulling” him before being put down. So she went there and sat through a lengthy orientation as required and retrieved the dog. She had already arranged a new home for him and transport to get him there, again using social media. She had already set up and help set up other rescues but felt her time was better spent casting a wider net, helping a greater number, in places to far away to be involved in-person.
RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
•Foster homes cannot have children under 18 years old, and the primary caretaker must be over 21 years old.
•The foster family must agree to home visits
•Foster family must agree to regular check-ins with the foster coordinator
•All members of the household must meet the foster pet and agree to the foster situation prior to taking the pet home.
•Foster dogs must be crated when left unattended.
•Foster dogs should never be let off-leash outside of a fenced-in area.
•Foster cats should never be allowed outside.
•Foster dogs should not be taken to dog parks, or let off-leash with strange dogs.
•Taag, Inc. must approve and schedule all veterinary visits.
•In the case of an emergency, the foster coordinator should be contacted to recommend what the foster family should do.
•If a pet needs emergency medical attention and the foster coordinator cannot be reached, leave them a message, and take the pet to the emergency veterinary hospital nearest you.
•Inability to move, walk, or stand•Being attacked or bitten by another animal
•Broken bones or significant bleeding from a cut.
•Vomiting uncontrollably•Vomiting, defecating, or urinating blood.
•If your foster pet has been potentially exposed to rabies
•Foster pets must be fed separately from owned pets to prevent competition for food.
•Any behavioral problems discovered after the pet enters foster care must be explained to the foster coordinator so they can evaluate the behavior and decide how to proceed.
Required Skills of Foster Families:
•Experience of caring for the species of animals being fostered
•Have time to commit to the needs of the animal being fostered
• Have a suitable environment for the animal (a home visit will be required)
• Ability to respect the decisions of Taag, Inc. on an animal’s long-term future.
Main Objectives of Fostering Homeless Pets:
• To provide a temporary, loving home for a dog or cat until Taag, Inc. finds a suitable permanent home.
• To positively contribute to the care and welfare of the animal on foster.
Main Duties of the Foster Families:
• Animal Welfare
• To provide a patient, loving environment while the pet is in foster.
• To follow Taag, Inc. advice on any issues involving the foster pet, including training, behavioral, exercise, dietary, and medical situations. Feedback
• To provide feedback about the animal on foster to the foster coordinator, which will help in finding the appropriate permanent home.
Viewings for Adoption
• To be available for a potential adopter to view the animal at the foster home, or alternatively to bring the animal back to Taag, Inc. for viewing.
• To bring the animal back to Taag, Inc. when a permanent home has been found.
• To refer any interested parties offering a permanent home to the foster coordinator and not make any promises regarding adoption that Taag, Inc. may not be able to keep.
• To bring the animal to one of Taag, Inc. vets for any medical checks or treatment and not to any other veterinary center.
• To be responsible for the safe transportation of the animal to and from Taag, Inc