Over 3 million dogs are surrendered to shelters or rescues in the US each year. Unfortunately, dogs in shelter environments spend much of their time alone and with little stimulation. Shelters are loud, chaotic and frightening for them, and many of their basic needs can be overlooked by overworked staff who are trying their best just to manage the overwhelming influx of animals. In contrast, in a foster home, a pet can relax and get individualized attention. Medical or behavioral needs are easier to address and the dog can really let their personality shine through, allowing for a better match with an adopting family. Simply put, dogs in foster care rather than shelters have better long-term outcomes.
Why YOU should foster:
Please find the application to foster at the bottom of this page.
Fostering is the key to our successful adoption program. When a dog or cat is referred to rescue, we gather as much information about the pet and its current situation as possible and check the animal's temperament. Once it is accepted into rescue, we secure a foster family and bring the pet for a full vet exam, vaccinations and start any medications recommended by the veterinarian, either prophylactically or to treat any diagnosed issue. At this point, the foster family brings the animal home and helps it adjust to its new life. The foster family then plays an integral part in helping to match the dog or cat up with the perfect adopters.