Retirement Home Application

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We are looking for “Retirement Homes” for a few of our rescues. Some of our foster dogs are never chosen for adoption. They could be senior dogs or have a medical problem that is just too costly for an adopter to take on. ROMP offers these dogs for permanent fostering for the rest of their lives. It’s a win-win-win program: the rescue has a permanent home that matches his or her needs; a ROMP foster home is freed for another incoming rescue; and the permanent foster provider is relieved of the veterinary expense of keeping the dog. We can even pay for the dog’s food, if needed. If you’re interested in participating in this program, please ask about which dogs we have available for this program and complete the application below.

What expenses are paid for my ROMP dog? All vet bills and medical supplies are paid directly by ROMP, including any prescription diet food. We provide a 6-month supply of flea treatment and supplements (after that period you are responsible for these supplies except if prescription) and as much advice as needed.

What about food and grooming? The retirement home / permanent foster family is responsible for providing the foster dog with good quality dog food, grooming, basic supplies, etc.  A note: Many breeds (especially the small ones and spaniels) require regular professional grooming – usually every 8-10 weeks. ROMP will pay for an initial grooming since the dogs often come to us in desperate need but thereafter this is the families responsibility. If that is not within your budget, please let us know so we can match you to a dog who doesn’t have this requirement.

Can I use my own veterinarian? We have relationships established with a large number of vet clinics and would prefer to use those when it is feasible. If not, we will certainly consider working with your clinic if they are comfortable with our arrangements.

What are my responsibilities as a ROMP retirement home (permanent foster parent)? The first and most important responsibility is to commit (and have all in household in agreement) to the dog. The family needs to be available to get the rescue dog to various vet/specialist visits; there may be many in the beginning as we catch up on deferred maintenance and get the dog back to good health. Some at-home care is usually required; this may involve basic grooming, bathing, administering medications, ear cleaning etc. Communication with ROMP is very important to us – we rely heavily on email – and your input is depended upon in determining a future for your foster dog. We depend on you to make an assessment of the dog’s personality and needs and how they react to new situations and beings, whether the dog is eventually adopted, goes to a different Final Refuge / retirement home or remains with you. Flexibility is another key factor as we are never quite sure what to expect of a dog coming from a shelter or from previous owners . We get as much information as possible but there are always surprises. You’ll need to be able to “roll with the punches” and try to work around some challenges as they arise, but you’ll always have the support of the ROMP staff. to inquire about eligible dogs and/or complete the application below!

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