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Fostering: What You Need To Know

What does fostering a dog involve?
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home and give him or her love, care attention and transportation to vet visits until the dog is adopted.  The rescue will provide the basic necessities such as food, kennel, leash, collar, blankets and any vet care needed to care for the dog.  It is free to the foster!  

Why should I foster a dog?
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:

  • freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.

  • giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.

  • helping the rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.

  • socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.

Why do rescues need foster homes?
There are many reasons a dog might need foster care. Some of the most common include:

  • A rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.

  • A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.

  • A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.

  • A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.

  • A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.

  • The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.

Do I get the chance to adopt a dog I am fostering?

Yes!  Fosters get first choice in adopting.  We call that a foster fail!  It’s a good thing!


How Do I Foster?

Just click the button down
to fill out our application!

Approved fosters, click here to complete and sign our foster agreement.

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