Foster Sleepover

Foster Sleepovers

Home for the Howlidays: Christmas Sleepovers!
Oh there’s no place like home for the Howlidays! No plans this Christmas or New Years? Why not give a Tails shelter dog something to celebrate! We are excited to announce our “Home for the Howlidays Christmas Sleepover” program is back! Sleepovers give the homeless dogs in our care a much needed break from the shelter and a chance to spend a few fun filled days and cozy nights with you! That’s right! We will match you with one of our adult shelter dogs for a fun filled Christmas sleepover from Wednesday, December 21 or Saturday, December 24 and bring them back anywhere between Monday, December 26 or Monday, January 3! YES! You read that right! This time, you can foster a pet for just the Christmas holiday or all the way into New Year!

How it works: It’s easy! Just come to Tails Humane Society during one of our special Sleepover pickup times (below). Our shelter team will great you and have you fill out a survey. Once we review your survey, answer any questions you may have we will match you with a few of our available adult dogs. After you find the perfect pup, we will go over the sleepover process and any other information you will need to know. You’ll also receive their personalized sleepover information packet, a phone number to call our Foster Coordinator for 24hr support and all of the supplies that they will need for your sleepover. (Yes, food and treats are included too!) Finally, you will be given a link to schedule an appointment to return your sleepover guest between Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2.

Sleepover pickup nights: Wednesday, December 21 from 12:00pm pm to 7:00 pm  OR Saturday, December 24 from 10:00am to 2:00 pm.

Sleepover drop-off date: Available by appointment Monday, December 26 through Monday, January 2.

Home for the Howlidays Sleepover FAQ

What should I bring to the shelter? Please bring a valid form of ID and if you rent, a current copy of your lease.

Can I participate if I have other animals or children in the home? Yes! We will do our best to find you a perfect match!* When you come to the shelter for pick-up night, we will ask you about your home’s residents and any pets you own. Your resident pet MUST be spayed or neutered in order to bring a dog home for the holidays or to participate in our traditional foster program.

*Please note: Sleepover approved dogs will go home on a first come, first served basis. We may not have a match for everyone at this time.

Can I bring my Howliday Sleepover dog to a friend or family’s gathering? What if I am having a large gathering? In most cases, we don’t recommend this. Much like when you first adopt a pet, we suggest keeping new people and places to a minimum as it can be stressful and often scary for the dog. Take this opportunity to let your pup relax, soak in the love and have a great break from the shelter!

Won’t this sleepover upset the dogs? Actually, studies show that short term sleepovers and breaks from the shelter actually benefit shelter dogs! Read all about it here.

Does it cost anything to participate? Only your time and your love! There is no fee to participate and your foster guest will be sent home with everything they need!

What if I have a question or need help during the sleepover? We are here for you! Before you leave the shelter, you will be given our Foster Coordinators contact information.

What if it doesn’t work out? Can I bring the dog back? Absolutely. If for any reason you want to end the sleepover, you can contact the Foster Coordinator at the number provided in your packet and we will arrange for you to bring the dog back to Tails.

What if I fall in love and want to adopt my foster? We love happy endings! Just let the Foster Coordinator know you would like to adopt and we will arrange to have all of the paperwork ready for your return appointment.

Can I take a cat home for a sleepover? No. Unfortunately, most cats tend to get very stressed out when moving between new environments. For their health and safety, we are not able to include them in this program. However, if you’re interested in fostering cats through our Foster Program we’d love to have you! Please click here to learn more.

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