FOSTER A PET & SAVE A LIFE

Can’t commit to a pet full time?
Want to help the Bali animals?

Foster caring is a fabulous and rewarding way to share your love, help a little fur-friend heal and socialise them in preparation for adoption. Foster caring really saves lives!

By removing unvaccinated animals from the clinic environment their immune systems are stronger, their social skills are better and the love they give you is unconditional.

What is foster care?

  • Foster Care is a temporary commitment from 2 to 8 weeks – the period it takes to fully vaccinate a dog or cat
  • No medical costs to you (vaccinations, medicines and sterilisation is provided by the rescue centre)
  • You are required to provide food which costs less than RP100,000 (AU$10) a week for a puppy or kitten, a safe and happy home plus love, cuddles and time for these fur-babes to be ready for adoption.

We will provide the following depending on requirement and availability:

  • Vaccination Booklets
  • Blankets
  • Bowls
  • Toys
  • Fish Oils
  • Shampoo

At the end of your foster period please clean and return all items for recycling.

Who can foster?

Anyone! It’s perfect for expats who may not stay in Bali indefinitely, as well as residents who want to help the animals of Bali. But of course you need to approval of your landlord and have a fully fenced and secure yard.

Initial Considerations

Foster caring is a unique experience and different from adopting.

The Foster Carer’s obligation is to provide adequate food, water, safe shelter and kind treatment for the foster dog at all times. It is imperative you have a fully fenced and secure yard, do not use cages or chains or allow free roaming. Mission Paws’ible does not foster dogs to people residing in kosts or guesthouses.

The Foster Carer is not the legal owner of the foster animal, but its guardian for a period of time. This period of time is set by you. Following this, the adoption procedure will begin.

Mission Paws’ible ensures animals are healthy or on a successful treatment plan before they are available for foster care, however we cannot guarantee their are no underlying, dormant or pre-existing issues. You are responsible to monitor their health and well being, and we provide any necessary support and medical assistance your foster dog requires.

Responsibilites 

This is a thorough outline of what is required. We don’t mean to sound too strict, but the health and welfare of our rescued animals is paramount. It will also help us both through this process if you can follow the guidelines.

  • Commit to a minimum of a 2 week foster period. It is expected that the foster dog will not be removed from the initial property it is placed at. If short term alternative care is necessary (for example you need to go away for short term) then Mission Paws’ible recommends “Happy Tails” a visiting pet sitting service or live in pet sitters available from “Bali Pet Sitters Club” Facebook page.
  • Provide a photograph of your yard to ensure the above conditions are met
  • Provide transport to any medical appointments, including drop off and pick up.
  • Give ONE (1) WEEK’S NOTICE of terminating foster carer before the mutually agreed time. However, if your foster is resulting in suffering a severe illness please contact us so alternative arrangements can be made as soon as possible which is in the best interests of you and our foster dog.
  • Have vaccinations up to date (Complete and Rabies) for all other dogs in your care. Do not let your foster animal have contact with unvaccinated animals.
  • Follow all oral and written instructions regarding medications. All instructions from our recommended vet must be followed and all courses of medication completed. Please make sure you are clear on the vet’s treatment instructions. If you are unsure of something such as giving tablets please ask for a demonstration.
  • Contact us immediately if any health concerns arise.
  • Ensure your foster dog does not have contact with any non-vaccinated animals, especially street dogs. If you handle any other animals during the day please be sure to change your clothes before contact with your foster. We also know how much you want to take your pup to the beach or for a walk, but this is not allowed as it jeopardises their health until they are fully vaccinated. Parvo and Distemper are throughout the ground in Bali and it is the number 1 killer of pups.
  • Notify us in the event any change occurs in the address or telephone number given in the Foster Application Form.

Training

Although training isn’t essential, we believe (and know) it’s a great aspect of fostering as it enhances the dogs experience of living in a home environment. It gives our dogs a great advantage of adoption over non-fostered dogs.

Toilet training also makes your pup more adoptable (and your life easier!). When they have finished a meal, or awake and begin sniffing, take them to where they are to toilet. When they do so, reward with a treat & lots of praise. They’ll learn soon enough so please don’t punish them if they don’t get it right. They need time to learn.

You can also teach them to walk on a lead and accept a collar. Please understand “sniffing” while walking is how dogs explore their environment and is part of their enjoyment of the journey. Patience is required! Due to Bali heat a few short walks rather that one long walk is recommended.

Please note, only walk your pup in public after they are fully vaccinated (second vaccinations are complete). In Bali Distemper and Parvo virus’ are prevalent, particularly in beach areas. If an infected dog defecates and your pup comes into contact with it they can contract the virus. Both viruses have no treatment beyond supportive measure such as infuse drip and assisting the immune system cope. Our only weapon is vaccination. Parvo virus in particular can live off the host for 1 year given the right conditions. This means a parvo-infected dog’s poo infects that patch of ground for a year.

Healthy Feeding Suggestions  

Mission Paws’ible advocates for a carnivorous diet for their foster dogs.

Nutritious food is paramount for a healthy dog both inside and out.

Feed twice a day – morning and night. Always have a large bowl of fresh water available.

We promote Kin Dog Food which can be ordered on-line and delivered to your door.

You can go to the DONATE section of their site, order your food and click Mission Paws’ible to get the reduced rate. Please let us know if you ordered food this way so we can be sure to tell Kin Dog Food and organise efficient delivery.

Meal Plans can vary based on your time and the health of the animal you are fostering.

For skin conditions we recommend a raw diet with no rice or kibble. If you are fostering a healthy dog then dry kibble once a day (available at local pet stores) is fine and a wet meal once a day. We do not like canned food – this is like McDonalds for dogs. If you can cook up a meal (make a large quantity so you can keep in the fridge/freezer) would be fabulous.

Meal Suggestions:

NOTE: Never give your dog cooked bones, always finely cut up before serving. A

sharp bone can choke or cause internal damage to your pet.

– Eggs – boiled or raw

– Kibble / Dry Food from the pet shop. We recommend Optima.

HOME COOKED RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2kg chicken necks or heads
  • 1kg liver
  • 1kg pumpkin
  • 2 bunches spinach (any kind)

METHOD:

1) Put meat in a rice cooker or pot on the stove and add water to cover the contents. Set to COOK. It will take approximately 30mins depending on your rice cooker / stove. The longer you cook the more tender the meat and easier to cut up.

2) Once cooked pull the meat out and allow to cool. Do not throw out the juice / chicken
stock.

3) Add the finely cut pumpkin the chicken stock and boil until tender, approx. 5minutes

4) Add the spinach and cook for about 3 minuets

5) Take the vegetables out of the stock or drain the liquid. Remember to keep the water / vegetable stock. It contains all the nutrients.

6) When all cooled down, remove the chicken from the bones. Throw the bones away (put in a small plastic bag before putting in the bin to ensure a little furry snout doesn’t sneak it from the bin later). Mix all together.

7) Optional for picky eaters – When cool put in the blender and use the vegetable stock Some dogs pick out the vegetables so blending it ensures they get the nutrients.

8) Dish up when cool, and add the chicken stock (once cooled down) to create a little soup. This could be done over several days.

Once you have prepared the above create portion sizes to suit your dog or dogs for 3 days.

TIP: Put the chicken stock in a container and place in the fridge. In 24 hours all the oil will rise to the top. Scrape this off and throw away. The dogs don’t need the extra oil, but it is the slushy brown stuff that has all the good stuff in it!

Additional foods we suggest;

  • Marrow bones (available from Bintang Supermarkets)
  • Chicken feet (available from Delta and Bintang Supermarkets) and liver (once a week)
  • Raw chicken bones
  • Cooked/raw vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Coconut oil added to the diet a few times a week
  • Raw egg (twice a week)

Mission Pawsible does not promote white rice or any form of sugar as a healthy part of a dog’s diet.

Please do not feed your dog chocolate, onion, nuts.
Note; DO NOT FEED COOKED BONES as they can splinter and be a choking hazard.