I found out last night that there is a local rescue to the place that we're buying in Spain and they are always in need of foster homes. J and I were talking about it, and agreed that we would love to get involved with fostering at some point in the future. It wouldn't be for a year or so because we have lots to do to sort out the property first, to make it habitable for ourselves, let alone thinking about adding to our "family", but now we know that this is a possibility for the future, I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on things we would need to consider. So far, things I'm thinking of are: - Fosters would have to be female, unless we make good progress with Shadow's reactivity to male dogs. On the other hand, if we do make progress with this before we are in a position to foster, it could also be really good for him if the right male foster dog comes along. - Health implications to my dogs. My two are, and will continue to be, given annual vaccinations, and will be fully treated against fleas, ticks and worms. What else should I be aware of? - Time. Two dogs already take a lot of my time as far as walking, training etc is concerned. However, at the new property, there is no travelling time necessary, as we just walk out the door and have a huge amount of space for training and walking right there. We will also be generally spending more time outside, working on the land, and our dogs will be spending this time with us, so I think they will be well catered for, and there will be plenty of time to give to a newcomer. - Security. The house is in over 7 hectares of land. However, there is a fenced and walled area of one acre around the house, meaning that even if we have the door open (hehe, there actually is no door at the moment), we know the dogs can't wander far. - Behaviour. I don't have enough experience to deal with real behaviour issues, such as aggression, so could not accept any dog that demonstrated this. - Breeds. This rescue is an all-breed rescue. I don't know anything really about other breeds. Is that going to be an issue? - Costs. I don't know what their policy is. I know in the UK, it's normal for rescue centres to cover veterinary bills. I'm more than happy to pay for food and all the other normal things that owning a dog entails, but would need to ensure that vet bills were covered. - Timeframe. Since I'm in Andorra for the winter, fosters would only be able to stay with us during the off-season months (mid April to mid November). What happens if a home isn't found in that time? - Conditions of rescue centre. I am not expecting the rescue centre to be anywhere near standards that you would expect to see in the UK. I may be pleasantly surprised, but I am assuming not. Should I let this sway me one way or the other? What questions should I be asking them with regards to how they run the centre? - Socialisation. The house we're buying is in the middle of nowhere and, although there are nearby towns, any dog will be spending the majority of its time in the countryside. We will make concerted efforts to socialise a foster dog, but in all likelihood, this would be taking them into town once a week or less frequently. What else should I be considering?