How do you give up a dog you’ve gotten attached to?

Yes, it can be hard to give up your foster dogs, especially after you have them for a while! But, you get to be part of their life forever after, should you desire to be. As the foster, you have the right to call the new forever home to inquire how the dog is doing &/or even visit the dog. Almost all of us that foster for LOLIN have continual contact with the forever guardians and the former LOLIN dogs. And you can always dog sit! It is amazing to see the scared, skinny dog you have taken from a shelter turn into a beautiful happy family pet in their forever home.

The new families are always proud to show us how wonderful their "babies" are doing, plus they never hesitate to call us if they need anything either. You see, fostering is very rewarding!!!!

Sure, your foster dogs take a piece of your heart with them when they leave, and I swear, they never forget you!! The sadness of letting one go is quickly replaced by the rewarding feeling of bringing the next foster into your home. Knowing that without your efforts the dogs you foster would have been euthanized is a powerful motivator to get one adopted so you can move on to saving the next dog! Your heart is always large enough to share with the next foster that comes into your home truly needing that love.

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How long will I have a foster dog in my home?

There isn’t a good answer to that question, as each dog is different, however you should plan on having a foster dog for 6-8 weeks. Some dogs go very quickly (some in less than a week) and dogs who are older, require medical care, or who have physical or behavior issues we are working on may stay longer, but you will always be aware of a dog’s special circumstances before you commit to fostering.

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What if I can only foster for a few weeks?

Short term fostering is also an option. From time to time we need a place for a dog to stay overnight during a transport. If a regular foster takes a vacation we’ll need someone to step in and care for their foster dog for a week or two. We also use short term fosters to allow dogs coming from shelters to recover from spay and neuter surgery before going on to one of our doggie daycares.

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What do I have to pay for?

All our foster families pay for is food, toys, and treats. LOLIN covers all medial expenses for our foster dogs, including monthly heartworm prevention. LOLIN will also provide an alternate foster when you are on vacation, so you will not have to pay boarding fees for a foster dog.

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Can I foster if I don’t have a fenced in yard?

As long as you are willing to provide the needed exercise a Lab needs, we do not require a fence to foster a dog. Several of our fosters do not have fenced in yards, and some even live in apartments. We do ask that you not exercise a foster dog off a leash, as these dogs are unpredictable and can be runners.

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How do I know if I’d be a good foster?

Our foster coordinators work very hard to match the needs of your family with the dogs in our intake list. If you are more comfortable with puppies, only senior dogs or need to foster only male or females, we can work with that. Our foster coordinators are also available to you any time you have a foster dog in your home to answer questions and provide advice. LOLIN fosters are not expected to be behavior experts or dog trainers. We are all just dog lovers who want to make a difference in the life of a Lab. No special training or experience is required!

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Contact Information


Lolin, Inc.
8063 Madison Avenue, #235
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Phone: 317-602-1470
Fax: 801-640-7688
Email: lolin@lolin.org

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Mission Statement


Love of Labs' (LOLIN, INC) mission is to reduce the euthanasia rate of Labrador Retrievers and Labrador mixes throughout animal shelters/animal controls in the Midwest (ESPECIALLY INDIANA). LOLIN will accomplish this goal by spaying and neutering dogs we rescue from shelters and educating the public regarding adoption, heartworm prevention, sterilization for all pets, and responsible ownership. LOLIN, INC. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, IRS deemed Public Charity, and your donations are tax deductible to the full extent provided by the IRS. Love of Labs obtains operational funds through adoption fees, donations, and various fundraisers ONLY.