Interested in fostering? Click here to fill out an inquiry.
The Bull Terrier Rescue of Virginia is always recruiting Foster Homes, Boosters and other volunteers. Don’t let the name fool you, we rescue and place English Bull Terriers all along the Eastern States. With the faltering economy we are seeing a great influx of dogs ending up in kill shelters. We would like to save as many of these dogs as we can, but in order to do so we need to have temporary foster homes to evaluate and keep the dog(s) safe while we search for forever homes for them. We also are in need of volunteers to help transport Bullies up and down the East Coast.
Many of the Bullies we rescue are from situations that are not very pleasant. This fact alone is bad enough, but when you introduce a rescue dog to a new environment, no matter how pleasant, it can be very stressful on the dog. Prior to any Bullie being adopted, we take the time to observe each and every dog to determine their temperament, social skills, people skills and a host of other behaviors and habits. Our foster families are all skilled in recognizing these traits and are able to make any transition for a Bullie as smooth as possible.
You must be a Booster of the BTRVA to foster a dog. But before a Booster can volunteer to offer a foster home, they are interviewed and assessed by the Board of Directors to ensure their skills meet the Rescue's high criteria. All of our foster homes are thoroughly vetted to ensure that they are up to the standards required by the BTRVA. Our standards are extremely high, because, in the end, it's the health, safety and well being of our beloved Bullies that matters.
If you are interested in fostering a Bull Terrier, here is a list of questions you must ask yourself and discuss with your family prior to undertaking the commitment:Is everyone in your household 100% in agreement with having a foster dog in the home?Fostering takes time. First the dog is assessed, and only then a forever home is sought. Are you willing to fully commit to keeping a foster dog for as long as it takes, whether it be a month, 3 months, or 6+ months?Are you able to provide food, toys, patience and the love and care these dogs deserve and require? Keep in mind some rescues do have health or behavioral problems. Sometimes it will take weeks for a dog to show their "true colors". Are you willing to be patient and not expect the dog to always be "normal?"
The BTRVA will reimburse the foster family for approved medical expenses related to the foster dog's care. Are you willing to take on the responsibility of taking the dog to the vet for scheduled and unscheduled visits? These are just a few of the many questions you will have to review before committing to becoming a foster home for the BTRVA. For more information on fostering, please contact us: BTRVAfoster@gmail.com.
To fill out a foster inquiry please click here.
Our boosters come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are spread across the country. We have highly experienced owners who are willing and eager to share their knowledge. There are members who are willing to transport a dog at any time, Foster as many bullies as they can, volunteer for every event and totally immerse themselves into the expansion and growth of the BTRVA. No matter if you want to do it all or just now and then, come on and join the pack!
Our entire organization is run by volunteers, and we never have enough! If you would be interested in volunteering your time at an event, training, or helping with transport let us know! If you have a particularly savvy set of skills like accounting or marketing, or you're a lawyer, veterinarian, graphic designer, consultant, or you just have a great idea you would like to share, we would LOVE to hear from you.
Check out the contact us section of this page. Any time you spend donating your professional services with BTRVA, is tax deductible!