What is a Furever Foster? Furever Fosters are loving forever homes for our dogs while they remain an active part of our breeding program. This provides the dogs with a stable home environment while at the same time providing SHL with breeding rights to better improve our lineage and to continue to raise healthy happy pups. The purpose is to provide each and every breeding male or female with one permanent loving family, personalized care and attention throughout their life.
SHL places a dog with your family on contract, free of charge. We hold back breeding rights and use the dog for breeding until we decide to retire them from our program. You must understand that the dog comes back to us for breeding various times during the year. A week or two for males and females for breeding. Males are placed at the beginning since they are only used for stud service. Depending on the needs for our program they are neutered around six years of age and retired. Then 6-7 weeks twice a year for females. If we don’t have a dog or puppy currently ready, we may in the future and we are always happy to have families on standby.
The dog must always be available to us for breeding, as timing is vital. Many times, we are messaged at the last minute for stud service when a female comes into heat early and they need to use our male right away. We do our very best to message our current families in advance so that they are aware and can plan accordingly. Once we decide to retire the dog from our program, it is spayed or neutered and the AKC registration paperwork signed over to you.
What are you, the Furever Foster responsible for? Basic needs: food, vaccinations, veterinary care not associated with breeding, and heartworm preventative, transportation to and from the breeder’s home, lots of love and attention, toys, and exercise.
What is SHL responsible for? All costs associated with breeding: purchase of dog, OFA testing, DNA health screening, X-rays & ultrasounds for verification of pregnancy, progesterone testing, semen collection, semen freezing and shipping, AKC registration, microchip, litter registration, advertising (website listing), and Veterinary care while they are in our care.
Please understand that this is an opportunity to receive a healthy well-bred dog, free of charge and placing our dogs is not something we take lightly. There is a contract that must be signed in front of a notary public.
Current available furever foster dogs:
If you are interested, please fill out the form here.
Any additional questions, please feel free to reach out.
Cat & Tim
SmoKy Hills Labradors