Fostering – An Essay from a Foster Mom

s4002nsopopbwyr4I’ll be the first to admit that fostering is hard. In my experience, the first is super hard because you’re just figuring out how to love another being, but still let them go. That was Frisco, now Cody. Then I had Mickey. He was a little fussy and dad babysat most of the time i had him so it was easier.

Then came Ashton. Ashton was my potato. I loved that little guy with all of me. He needed me and I gave him all of me. It was one if the hardest things I’ve ever done.

Wade and Johnny came next. They were a different sort, I knew they would be adopted quickly so I was able to stay detached, but still care for them.

Jasper… He is quirky and a pain, in the best way. I missed him when I came home and didn’t see his head pop up in the window, but he was young and energetic and I have no doubt he will be cared for.

Now… Bandit and Rascal. I love them. I am connected to them and I think they love me, based on their wiggly butts when I come home. I am in love with Bandit and Rascal and if I didn’t have a rescue minded heart, I would keep them.

If I did that though, my heart and house would be above capacity. I wouldn’t be able to help anyone else.

The most important thing when fostering is knowing what is really best for them.

Maybe it is you and that’s awesome! Maybe you just think it’s you and if you really consider it, you’ll realize that even though you love this tiny being to infinity and beyond… you know there is someone else who could love them just as much as you do, while you keep room for the next pup who needs you.

Fosters Needed in the RVA Area

If you are in the Richmond, VA area and interested in being a foster parent for a Pom in need, please email Krystyna Lineberry using our gmail account, PCCV.InFoster-Homes-Needed-250x300c or message on Facebook.

We are receiving a total of 13 Poms this coming week and are in need of caring homes for them while they are vetted and waiting for their Fur-ever homes.


1) Foster parents get first dibs for adoption as well as the option of a payment plan!

2) Foster parents are given all supplies needed to care for their foster dog if needed.

3) Foster parents receive support and advice when needed.


1) Provide a temporary, safe and loving home ranging anywhere from a few days to several months as we find the perfect home for the animal.

2) Help break bad habits using positive re-enforcement as well as train those with minimal or no training at all to help place them in a loving home.

3) To speak with and show a dog to a potential adopter. Meeting place can be elsewhere if you’re not comfortable showing at your home.

4) Are open to home inspection while fostering.

5) To take to a designated vet for on-going medical treatment like vaccinations, dental or other medical needs.  Our vet is located off Staples Mill Road, but it is possible to use a personal vet if they are willing to offer discounted services for a rescue.

6) Notify us immediately in the event the dog is sick or lost.

Adoption Applications

With 9 Poms coming into rescue ranging in age from 12 years down to puppy, we are going to be super busy!

Even though we don’t have all the details yet, Poms will be adopted on a first come first serve basis based on compatibility with an appropriate family.  So if you have been considering adopting a Pom, even if you aren’t sure, it can’t hurt to get an application in now to have on file.  Having an application on file will ensure you are first in line for consideration when an appropriate Pom becomes available for your family.

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Here are the links to our applications.

For a printable PDF application to fill out, scan, and email back to us, click here.

For a WORD application you can download to your computer, type, and email back, click here.

Submitting an application in no way obligates you.

We will only put your application on file as a place marker in the event you should choose to adopt a Pom from us in the future.

Don’t forget to check out our Amazon Wish List

Incoming!! Amazon Wish List

We have 9 Poms coming into rescue!   All are coming as a result of an elderly couple being separated by the death of one partner and the surviving partner not being able to care for them and being moved into a care facility.

We are very small and usually do not take more than 2 or 3 at a time due to resource limitations, but we cannot allow them to go into the pound in Lynchburg so we are calling out for assistance to our network.

We could use some food and cleaning supplies before they arrive!  We use the Costco brand food for small breed and it is available on Amazon.  Here is the link to our Amazon Wish List:

PCCV Rescue Wish List

ADOPTED 6/2/17 Available Rescue – Gypsy – Retired Therapy Dog, AKC, Canine Good Citizen!

 Richmond, VA – Gypsy is an owner surrender (surrendered to us on 2/25).  Her previous owners have an Aussie that was starting to intimidate her & they were afraid he would hurt her. They got her as a puppy at 11 months & have had her ever since.
Her birthday is 2/28/2008 and she just turned 9 and weighs in at 8.25 lbs. She is AKC registered, and is a retired certified (TDI) therapy dog.  She also has her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) from AKC .  We have all her paperwork, Vet history, also a newspaper article featuring her as a therapy dog. 
 Overall, she is in very good health.  She just had a dental in April and her heart and knees are both good (common problem areas for Poms).  However, she was attacked by a larger dog who picked her up and shook her in 2009.  In addition to traumatizing her, this attack appears to have made her susceptible to some arthritis in the back of her neck that needs to be treated (think “old football injury” and doggie Aleve).  She has been prescribed Metacam .25 once a day at a cost of about $35.00 every 4-6 weeks.  She will need to take this for the rest of her life as she is in pain without it and becomes very withdrawn and timid.
She has a history of ruptured anal glands and requires that her anal glands be expressed every 6 months. You can do this yourself at home. You can have your vet or groomer show you how. 
We took her to the South of the James Farmers Market for the first day of the summer market. The market was very busy with tons of people and dogs of all sizes and breeds, but she wasn’t overly timid and she let people approach her and hold her.  She does get nervous around larger dogs.
She uses the doggie door without problems and is housebroken.  When we let her out into the large yard, she loves to run around the yard until she is out of breath!  Inside, she is content to be curled up next to my legs/feet on the couch.
She has decided that I am her “person” and is very attached.  She has her head sticking out the door to greet me before I cross the threshold when I come home.  When I’m home, she stays with me wherever I am.  She sleeps in bed with us at night, usually pressed against my legs. She also has a habit of walking very close to me and circling.  Very easy to trip over her if not careful.
Gypsy needs someone that will be patient with her.  She still shies away when you reach out to touch her overhand.  The best way is to start by scratching under her chin, after that, it’s all good.  She will give kisses, but only if you are laying down at her level after she trusts you. 
She needs to be adopted to a no young children home (20 lbs).  She loves going with us in the car and is great on the leash.  She would be a great travel companion as she is very quiet.  If there was a playful dog in the house, I think she would engage with them after a while.  Our dogs just aren’t big “players”.
Gypsy’s adoption fee is $300.  
To fill out an adoption application, Click Here for Word or Here for PDF!

RIP Special Agent Gibbs – 2/25/17

This post is very hard to make.  Gibbs left us this past Saturday.  He fought so hard, but it was too much on his little body.  We only had him a short time, but he will live in our hearts always.

ADOPTED!!! – TANK 07/2014

Please share this post and help us get the word out on this guy.

What a sweetie!
He is a throwback Pom at about 13 pounds. A nice clear orange.  He would be an awesome family dog! 

Tank would love to go for daily walks and maybe a game of indoor fetch on those dark, rainy evenings, but he’d be just as happy hanging out with his people on the couch.
He would be okay with other dogs and kids to play with!  He is very patient and his foster mom says that it is tested constantly with a little obnoxious puppy that likes to cause trouble.  He knows sit and comes when called, he is working on other commands, but it’s hard with so many other dogs at his foster home.
We don’t have any paperwork on this guy, but they thought he was about 10. His age is a bit suspect as he has a full mouth of sturdy teeth, no white along the muzzle and no indicators that he is in fact that old.  Perhaps closer to 7 or 8.
Click here to send an email or send a message to Margaret McKee of Goochland on FB to contact his foster mom directly, or message us here for the phone number.  His foster mom’s PC is on the fritz so please include your phone number so she can call you.
Tank’s adoption fee is $200.