Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rescue Resources Foster Training

">Lupe Taking a break at Tobin Park

Call for Papers; Invitation to Attend; Invitation to Provide Materials; Invitation to Send Volunteers
Dear Rescues, Volunteers and Fosters, Potential Volunteers and Fosters
On August 13, 2010 from 7:30 to 10:00 PM I will be hosting a dog socialization and foster training meetup at McAllister Park Pavilion # 3.  The training will start at 8:15 and dogs are invited to come with their parents to the training. This learning session is for everyone.  Information will be provided for those who have never fostered before or for those who are thinking about rescuing. But it would be great to have experienced fosters and rescues at the training to provide input. This might also be a great opportunity to recruit fosters.
I had originally scheduled this session to start at 7:30 PM because I wanted us to walk together before the training starts. Because the temeratures will be reaching 100 during the week of the session, I've decided to cancel the official walk.  The training will still start at 8:15. Folks who want to arrive at 7:30 can walk on their own or or socialize under the pavilion before training starts.  Or folks can just arrive at 8:15.
The pavilion has lights, but participants might want to bring a flashlight in case there is a malfunction or if electricity is out.
If there seems to be interest from the public, I will hold these regularly. I'm also hoping to host other trainings - how to get and edit petfinder pages, how to find fosters and volunteers, etc..  info for new rescuers, folks thinking about rescuing, etc..
I will be asking you for input, inviting you etc.. in the future for other trainings.
The Non Profit folks are already doing a terrific job of providing info on fundraising, 501 C3 etc.. 
If you plan to attend or plan to invite others to attend, please have everyone RSVP for the training at
The Pavilion can only hold about 40 people so I want to keep a handle on how many come. I really don't foresee a concern, but running out of space would be a nice problem to have
Snacks and drinks are allowed during the session
Dog are allowed during the session
Please no smoking
Rescue Organizations - Invitation to Attend/Provide Materials
I would love for you to attend, introduce yourselves, provide input and bring handouts, business cards etc.. In order to save money, I don't plan to bring any handouts of my own.  I do plan to have info available online for anyone who wants to print info before the training.
Rescuers, Foster Parents - Call for Papers
I could use use your help to put together a lesson plan for fosters and potential fosters. NLT July 10, 2010, please forward to rescue.connections@yahoo.com anything you'd like to see in a 1 to 2 hour training program. I will try to put together your ideas into a lesson plan by July 16, 2010 then send back out to you for comments.  I will ask for final responses to be sent NLT one week later.
Suggested Topics - please send info on one, some, or all of the below topics or create your own topic or simply forward any lesson plans you have already written. When putting together info - remember: Common sense isn't always common :)
If you don't have info to provide but have ideas on topics that should be presented (that aren't listed below), please send.
To people new to rescue, fostering:  Please let me know if there is a subject that you would like to discuss (if it isn't listed below) 
What is Foster
Why Foster
For Whom can you foster?
- Will you be able to give the pet back
- Will you be able to give the pet to new parents
Types of Fosters
- Adults
- Babies
- Medical
- Behavioral
Do you have time to Foster
- Work
- School
- Family
- Personal pets
Do you have space to Foster
- Spare bedroom
- Spare bathroom
Are you allowed to Foster
- Municipalities
  --rescues please provide your city's rules on fostering/number of animals in home here - especially those folks outside of
     San  Antonio - either temporarily or permanent, adults babies, cats, dogs, etc..
     Does your municipality have breed restrictions
- Homeowners insurance - i.e. pitties, rotties, shepherds, etc..
- Homeowner Associations
- Apartment managers, landlord
- Own pets must be vaccinated
- each group has a screening process
- ???
- What you can expect to spend
- What the rescue groups might provide
BASIC CARE- including legal requirements for animals
- Tethering
- Inside Vs Outside
- Potty Breaks
- Kenneling/Crating (really want to hear your views on how long healthy dogs and cats can be kenneled.  Of course sick ones are a different issue
   -- Time limits
   -- correct size
   -- Wire vs Plastic
- Grooming
- Feeding
- Exercise
- Secure yard
- Separation Anxiety
- Unsocialized/Shy
- Aggression
   - Humans
   - Other animals
   - Food/Resource
- Summer Safety
- Winter Safety
- Good citizen
   - barking dogs
   - at large dogs/cats
La Trenda