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The success of B.A.R.K. is based on the cooperation and dedication of fosters, coordinators and supervisors alike. These guidelines are to ensure the best care for the dogs that are put into foster care, and the continuing success of our organization.
  If you are interested in becoming a foster home, here are our guidelines and some information on what is involved ...
The dogs we rescue are already in crisis, moving them from one foster to another causes undue stress, so we want the dog to stay with you until it is ready for adoption. We understand there are unforseen problems, but we simply ask you to hang in for as long as you can.
We do not place dogs in foster homes where they are expected to stay outside.
It should not cost you anything to foster a dog. We provide each dog with a leash, collar, food, treats, and toys when we have them.
We ask our foster homes to pick dogs up, and to take them to vet appointments.
If you are having a problem with a dog please call us at the onset of the problem so we can help without removing the dog. In the past foster homes have called various training centres for advice on how to handle behaviors. These people do this for a living. We have people who donate their services to us so call us and we will get you the help you need.
Foster dogs often display protective behavior over toys or food. This does not mean the dog is aggressive. If you lost everything you had including your home wouldn't you be protective of what you were given. Please be patient these behaviors stop once the dog realizes the food will keep coming.
If you have children please take into consideration their ages....many dogs who have been mistreated are not good with young children.
Patience, consistency, understanding and a willingness to learn are all attributes that are necessary to work with our dogs. They are not "pets" when they come into your home, but with love and a little work they will be when they leave.
B.A.R.K. is a volunteer organization, so all adoption fees go back into the organization to help rescue other animals and supply foster homes with what they need for animals under their care. If you decide to adopt a dog you are fostering, you will be expected to pay the full adoption fee.
  We depend on our fosters to give a clear, honest personality profile of the dog. Be open in your evaluation. Do not read into the dogs behavior, just tell us what they are doing.

This organization has a "no kill" policy, because we believe that no dog is unsalvageable... 

"There is a forever home for everyone, 
you just have to find it..."


If you are interested in fostering, you can call


A Letter from Heaven
To my foster family, some things I'd like to say, 
But first of all to let you know, that I arrived okay. 
I'm writing this letter from the Bridge - Where I now dwell with God above- 
Where there are no tears or sadness, only eternal love.   

Please don't be sad because I am out of sight,
Remember that I am with you, every morning, noon and night. 
The other day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through - 
God picked me up and hugged me, and he said, "I welcome you... 

Its good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone...
As for your foster family, they'll be here later on". 
When you think of my life on earth, and the neglect in my early years, 
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. 

But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain, 
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
God gave me a list of important things, that he would like for me to do, 
And foremost on his special list, was to watch over and care for you. 

And when you lie down and try to sleep, with the day's chores put to flight,
Remember that God is closest to you, in the middle of the night. 
I wish that I could tell you, everything that God has planned, 
But even if I could tell you, you wouldn't understand. 

But one thing is for certain, though my earthly life is over, 
I'm more happy, healthy and content, than I ever was before. 
If you can help another, who is in sorrow or in pain, 
Then you can say to God at night; "My day was not in vain". 

And when you're walking down the street, with me on your mind; 
I'm walking in your footsteps, only a short trot behind. 
There are rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb, 
But a rescuer's heart is big and strong, just take it one day at a time.

For it is simply God's nature, and I'd like it for you too, 
That as you give to the world, the world will give to you. 
And when your time on earth is up, to leave your body and be free,
Remember you are not "going", You are coming up here to me. 

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