Foster a dog

Besides adopting, volunteering, and donating money, fostering animals is an essential element to helping animals who come through our doors.

The 7 Most Important Things to Consider Before You Foster a Dog

  • Home Environment
  • We always want to make sure that foster homes are animal friendly. White rugs and couches and homes with lots of valuable/breakable items are probably not ideal, as our dogs must be allowed access to the inside of your home.
    There needs to be a secure place outdoors for exercise and play time.

    It’s also important to check-in with other household members—roommates, spouses, or children—to ensure they’re open to having a foster dog in the house and will abide by any rules necessary.

  • Time
  • Many foster dogs come from less-than-ideal situations: some are very young, some may be recovering from surgery, and others need additional socialization. As you can imagine, a foster care dog with any of these issues will need some extra love, attention, and patience. All of this amounts to one factor: time.

  • Existing Pets
  • If you already have pets in the home, you’ll need to take them into consideration prior to bringing home another animal.

  • Cost
  • As a foster parent, you will be supplying the basics to your foster dog, including food and water, crates, and toys. These items do not have to be new. In fact, our foster parents often wash and recycle bedding and toys in between dog and puppy placements.

    The Dog Protection Society provides all routine medical care/medication.

  • Specials Needs
  • Underweight dogs may require a special diet and a keen eye to watch for any signs of illness. With younger puppies, there may be the need to potty train or continuing to potty train.

  • Patience
  • In addition to preparedness for the special needs or issues some foster dogs may have, you will certainly need a fair amount of patience for puppies, elderly dogs, or victims of neglect and/or abuse.

    Younger dogs may not be fully potty trained, which will require persistence and patience on your part to help them master this process.

    Puppies—as well as older unsocialized dogs—may also need some basic obedience training. Teaching simple commands such as sit and stay, helping to deter biting and nipping, and leash training are vital to their development.

    Neglected and abused dogs might need some extra love and cuddle time. They may be resistant at first, which is why persistence and patience are…again…valuable assets to have.

  • Emotional Attachment
  • If we’re being honest, many foster parents fall in love with their adorable foster dogs and become attached. While it isn’t uncommon to be sad and cry the first time you return your foster for adoption, most foster parents say it gets easier over time.

    However, if the emotional burden is too much to handle, you might want to take more time to consider volunteering as a foster parent. Please think long and hard about fostering if you think you will not be able to relinquish your foster dog when the time comes. Alternately, think about adopting instead. We certainly have plenty of puppies and dogs available for full-time loving homes. Check out our Adopt A Dog page to see the wonderful dogs currently up for adoption!

    If you believe you have what it takes to foster one of our dogs, please click here