Foster a dog, save a life! Become a D4D Foster.
D4D Client/Dog Teams share their heartwarming stories of how their Medical-Alert Assistance Dogs are helping them live relentlessly awesome lives in safety. Watch the video here: Dogs4Diabetics – I’m Alive
One thing that makes our training program unique is that our dogs do not live in kennels. They spend their days at the Nylabone Training Center in Concord, but they spend their evenings and weekends with loving Foster Care Providers. It is because of our Foster Care Providers that our dogs will never experience a day of kennel stress. Instead, they have fun with their foster family during their time off from training.
Not only do our Foster Care Providers have fun, but they receive expert guidance as they foster and train their dogs. Under the direction of our foster care group leader, each Foster Care Providers receives specialized training from Dogs4Diabetics. We hold weekly foster care training meetings where fosters gather to work on training techniques and participate in socialization outings.
Foster Care Providers live within a reasonable proximity to D4D’s training center in order to bring the dog in for training during the week. (Monday-Thursday). No experience is necessary to become a Foster Care Provider. We will help you through every step of the way. Dogs4Diabeitics provides food, vet care, medications, equipment and even dog toys!
Foster care is one of the foundations of Dogs4Diabetics. The number of dogs we can accept into our program is determined by the number of Foster Care Providers available. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity where your service will help save a life, please contact us.
As a foster, not only will you discover the delight of a four-legged, wet-nosed companion, you will join a community all working toward improving the lives of people with diabetes. Get involved and really make a difference!
Volunteers become approved as Foster Care Providers through a process of application, interview and a home visit.
Dogs4Diabetics relies on its Foster Care Providers to:
• Nurture and love a medical-alert dog in-training
• Provide the dog with a safe home environment
• Keep the dog safe and healthy
• Provide appropriate socialization for the dog
• Keep the dog under control through the use of D4D approved dog handling techniques
• Attend weekly foster care training classes (Thursdays) at the D4D training center
• Provide transportation for the dog, to and from the D4D training center
• When requested, return the dog to D4D for training, permanent placement or to reunite with the primary custodian.
More Information About Becoming a D4D Foster
The contribution our Foster Care Providers make is truly a selfless gift of love. Thank you to all Foster Care Providers for your time, care, love and dedication to our dogs and to the mission of Dogs4Diabetics.
Limitations: Foster care providers must be non-smokers and live in a non-smoking environment due to the fact that smoke will greatly reduce a dog’s ability to smell. Additionally, foster care families must be non-diabetic due to the potential for confusing the dog during scent training In our program, the dogs are introduced to their diabetic handlers after achieving a measured level of performance in their scent discrimination and alerting in the training environment.