Foster FAQ's

What is a Foster Parent?
You provide a temporary home for a homeless animal. Normally, you keep the animal in your care until a permanent home is found. It’s not possible for us to predict how long a dog will be in foster care before its permanent home is found. Some dogs are in foster care for as short as a few days, while others are with us for months. Average is around two weeks.

Are there expenses?
We provide for all medical expenses including monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative. You typically provide a loving, safe environment, toys and TLC! However, if you need help gathering these things please notify us, and we will do everything we can to provide for the animals in our program. We can loan a crate to you while you are fostering, just let us know before receiving your foster pet so we can coordinate this. It should be returned to us when you can no longer foster.

What if the dog in my care needs to be spayed or neutered?​

If, during your tenure as foster, your dog needs to be spayed or neutered we will set the surgery up with one of our partner vets/clinics. We will send out email instructions of when/where/what time the appointment is. As a foster you are responsible for dropping the dog off and picking them up again. We do ask that you retain the dog another 24 hours prior to handing them off to their adopter, in case there are complications. 

How do I become a foster parent?

Complete the Foster Application on the tab below. A foster coordinator will work with you after they have received the foster application.

Will it be difficult to let them go?
You will get attached, but remember you are literally saving a life. Being a foster parent for homeless animals is a rewarding and gratifying experience. It’s always important to remember that when one gets adopted, it will open your home to a new homeless pet that is in need of your loving care.

What if I want to adopt my foster?

It happens. If your puppy/dog does not have a pending adoption application, you must notify the foster coordinator as soon as possible as there may be others who are interested in your foster dog.
Are there other requirements?
We ask you bring the animal to adoption events on Saturdays. You will get an email or phone call letting you know the locations/times and other information.

Ideally we would love for our foster homes to be present at adoption events but, we realize that this is not always feasible. If you are unable to be present but want your foster to attend an event, please contact your Foster Coordinator. She can help arrange transport for your dog.  If you do drop off/pick up your pet from an event please be on time at the end of event so volunteers do not have to wait after a long day.