There are many ways that you can help SSMR in a volunteer capacity. Not everyone is able to foster dogs, but there are many other tasks that we need assistance with.
Here are a few different ways that you can help SSMR.
Organize or help with fund-raising events in your area: like bringing a foster mastiff to a pet adoption day at a local store or distribute information on SSMR at a local pet adoption day.
Educate people about the importance of buying puppies only from reputable breeders who guarantee their puppies and will take their dogs back if circumstances change. Tell everyone you know to support rescue programs and encourage them to apply to adopt SSMR dogs. Volunteer to assist with our yearly auction which is our single biggest fundraiser of the year.
SSMR depends on having accessible, loving and caring FOSTER HOMES to offer a temporary refuge, food, care and nurturing for the dogs that come into our placement program. Foster homes also are able to give us an honest assessment of a dogs temperament and are instrumental in helping to match a dog to a prospective family.
For individuals or families who can not foster a Mastiff, but would like to help SSMR to save Mastiffs in another way, please fill out a volunteer form below and we will put you to work in whatever capacity you have to offer!
Make tax-deductible donations to SSMR or to the Issac Fund for special medical needs. Donate items for our yearly auction. You can find more information on donating using paypal or by check on the site under the Donation tab.
Fostering is one of the most important roles in the SSMR organization. Foster homes provide temporary housing for rescued mastiffs – either short term emergency fostering (for a night or two) or longer term while a mastiff is brought back to health, gets a training refresher and is adopted.
Foster homes provide us with information on the habits, personalities and needs of each dog fostered. Foster homes provide a safe, stable environment for our rescued mastiffs.
Fostering is a very rewarding experience and helps a rescue effort greatly. We follow the same process as adoption for fostering but instead of signing an adoption contract; a foster contract is signed. To become a new SSMR foster home you first must apply. Please complete the application only if you are READY for the commitment of fostering a dog. Once we receive your application we will call your vet to ensure all your pets are current on vaccinations and preventatives; call you for a phone interview; and finally, set up a home visit so that we can get a good idea of the type of dog who would be best for you to foster. This also helps you get to know us better and we can answer any questions that you may have. If you do not hear from us, it does not mean that you are not approved, we often keep applications to foster on file for when the right dog for the home comes in. We do require a fenced yard for our foster families. Foster homes are able to adopt a dog that they foster. All foster dogs go on our website for adoption by the general public, which is why we require foster homes to declare their intent to adopt as soon as possible.
Foster homes are required to be able to separate the foster dogs from their own pets. Integrating a new foster into a home with other pets requires time and patience and needs to be done slowly. We do ask that our foster homes try to integrate their foster dog into their daily lives as much as possible as well. The quality time that you can spend each day with your rescue dog helps to learn more about their needs. The simple addition of a large crate or a couple of ex-pens can be of huge help to you in this process. A crate or ex-pen can be a cozy den to a stressed-out rescue dog and sometimes they need the privacy and quiet of that time as well, for their own peace of mind.
Your foster Mastiff should be kept inside with the family except for exercise and elimination- aside from emergency boarding needs. When leaving the house, always confine the rescue dog so you do not have to worry what will happen in your absence. Confining the rescued dog protects your pets and your property from any potential damage that could occur. If you do not have a secure way to separate your pets from the rescue dog, you should volunteer to help in another capacity. Foster homes are required to have a fenced yard and we ask that our foster dogs not be left outside unattended when you are not home.
SSMR provides needed vet care (with approval from the State Coordinator), Heartworm preventative and flea medications for the fostered mastiff. The foster home provides a high quality large breed food and commits to spend time to learn more about the foster mastiffs habits and temperament. Foster homes must also make the dog available for visits with prospective adoptive families. A foster does have the first right to permanently adopt a dog, but we require a decision on your interest as soon as you've had a chance to evaluate how the mastiff fits into your home. The goal is to get the fostered dog matched with a forever home as soon as possible.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or foster home for SSMR, please fill out the form below.
You can support SSMR with the purchase of one of our rescue T-shirts or our rescue cookbook, full of tasty recipes! Click the link below to view available items.