You will have been advised about any medical appointments they may need to attend which will have been booked at a vets close to your home at a time that is convenient for you, these costs are all covered by Spirit of the Dog. You and your foster dog will be covered under our Public Liability Insurance, please note that if advice is not followed or if the contract is broken this will be invalidated. All of our foster carers and adopters have rescue backup for life (RBU).
What is Rescue Backup? (RBU)
RBU covers many important topics which relate directly to the fostering and adoption of animals and the main purpose is to ensure the welfare of rescued animals and the safety of the public, if you find your perfect pooch through a different organisation we are thrilled that a life has been saved, however we urge you to make sure that you have reliable RBU and we will explain why below.
In the first instance, the rescue organisation must ensure that a qualified behaviourist has assessed the dog as much as is physically possible, that medical checks have been carried out by a trusted and qualified veterinarian, and that all preventative treatments have been given to make sure there is no threat of illness, disease, parasite infestation or injury which will cause any discomfort to the dog, and that any behavioural struggles are pinpointed early and supported in the right way.
The organisation has a duty to carry out very thorough home checks and vetting procedures for the safety of the dogs and the adopters/ foster carers and offer ongoing support for the rest of the dog’s life.
When a dog has RBU they are safe for the rest of their life, should any adopter or foster carer become unable to care for their dog, the rescue must always welcome the dog back in and have a good foster network and/ or sufficient funds put aside for emergency boarding at all times incase of an emergency return.
The organisation should have public liability insurance to cover foster carers and those on home trial, and ideally offer you 4 weeks free insurance with an IVC from PetPlan to begin when your new addition is officially adopted.
Your dog will come home with their insurance, relevant paperwork, neuter or neutering agreement, an updated microchip, safe equipment, the food they are used to and they should have received their preventative treatments. It is recommended that any stray dog who arrives from the pound has a quarantine period of around 2 weeks to make sure they are not carrying an infection that could affect any resident pets or other animals.