Do you have room in your home and your heart to foster a service dog in training?
We are looking for wonderful people to foster our dogs!
Jada snoozing at her foster's home.
At Early Alert Canines, we don't have kennels. We believe dogs do their best work when they are kept in a warm, loving environment, which means each of our dogs goes home with a foster every night. We are very flexible with our fosters, and do our very best to work around their schedules– we are so grateful to them for helping us take the best care of our dogs!
All our dogs come to us around the age of two from either Guide Dogs for the Blind or Canine Companions for Independence. They are fully trained service dogs when they arrive, and we then teach the dogs the scent work to become diabetes alert dogs. Because we are a small organization, we often have several dogs in a holding pattern before classes. As we continue to grow, we are in constant need of more fosters!
We have three types of fosters: short term, long term, and transitional.
Short term Fosters can be weekend only, weekday only, or some combination of the two. Short term fosters generally live within 15 miles of the facility and drop the dog off at our training facility daily when we are open (M-Th 10am-3pm).
Long term Fosters can be anywhere from a week or two to a few months! Long term fosters would generally take the dog with them to work or school, and work on keeping the dog's obedience skills sharp. They do not have to be local, so long as they are willing to transport dogs to/from the facility as needed. Depending on where we are with our class schedules, this may be before a dog begins its training with us, or after a dog is ready for placement waiting for class.
Transitional Fosters are households where at least one person has type one diabetes and is willing to take a dog for one to two months at a time. This is a vital step in our training process, and it requires logging of blood sugars and dog alerts to track progress on the dog's work. Before our dogs are placed with their partner, they go through three to four transitional homes where they must meet certain alerting standards. If a dog isn't alerting, they need to come back to the facility for more work before they can be placed! Transitional fosters help the dogs gain comfort and confidence in alerting in different situations and with different people to make sure they're ready to be placed.
Pasha enjoying the sunshine after her fosters gave her a bath.
- Willing to attend a foster training course, generally held on a Saturday, at our training facility in Concord.
- Willing to transport dogs to/from our facility in Concord on a regular basis (depending on the type of foster, this can be daily, weekly, monthly, or even every 6-8 weeks).
- Willing to follow our rules and guidelines.
- Willing to groom dogs when they aren't at the facility regularly.
- A maximum of two pet dogs in the house, at the discretion of our training staff. Dogs must be friendly and well socialized.
- A maximum of two friendly cats in the house.
- Willing to love a dog as if it were your own, knowing it will soon be handed on to save the life of a deserving person.
Are you ready to foster a future life-saver?
Email our Program Coordinator, Beth Snow, BSnow@EarlyAlertCanines.org, or call the office (925) 349-5190 during business hours!
Moody ready to celebrate Halloween with his foster family.
Dixie relaxing at work.
Brave hoping her foster will play just a little more tug!