When people think about volunteering with a companion animal rescue group, most automatically assume that they are expected to foster a dog. But fostering is only one half of the rescue/adoption equation. Without volunteers to homecheck families, we couldn’t know that our foster dogs would find safe and loving homes. This is where the so important role of the family representative comes in.
We need people who live in Los Angeles, Orange, or Ventura County, in a coastal community of Santa Barbara County between Goleta and the Ventura County line, or in the southwestern corner of San Bernardino County in Upland, Chino, Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Victorville, Apple Valley or Hesperia to become family rep volunteers! Family reps help us by doing home visits, then matching their approved families with available Labs.
Each new home that applies to adopt from SCLRR must be screened by one of our family representatives. An integral part of our screening process is a homecheck. A homecheck is necessary to ensure a good match between family and dog. After a successful home visit, the family’s SCLRR representative acts as a liaison between the Labs’ foster homes and a prospective adoptive family.
Using the answers given on an adoption application, a phone interview, and subsequent home visit, the Family Rep decides what sort of home a family would make for a dog, and what type of dog (age, personality, level of activity) would fit in best.