Considering fostering a dog? Here’s what you need to know

by Jeannie Middlebrooks

In this blog, you will read about the tips you should consider for foster homes for dogs.
Dog lovers around the world open their homes to foster some of the 3.3 million dogs that are in shelters and rescues around the country on a yearly basis. But what does this mean, what all is entailed in fostering a dog?

When you adopt a dog, it’s true, you save a life.

When you foster, you have a chance to help save more lives, more often.

According to the ASPCA website, nearly 670,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters each year.

Most of them simply because they can not find a forever home, or foster in enough time. 

By bringing a foster dog into your home, you not only give that dog a chance, but you are making space and resources for yet another dog to come in that may not stand a chance on its own.

So how do you go about doing this, and what all is involved?


Why foster home for dogs?

In case you’re not a major dog lover and want to save as many as you can, there are other reasons for fostering. If you want a dog, but aren’t sure if the lifestyle is a good fit for you, foster one.

See how it goes.

Rescues and shelters stress that if the dog isn’t a good fit for you, bring them back.

They can help you find a different animal if you are still interested. 

All rescues want the best for their animals, so they would rather you bring a dog back to them that isn’t a good fit for your foster home than to keep them and everyone is stressed out.

Also, You may have children that want a dog, but you’re not really sure if they are ready for the total commitment. 

It is also possible that you can foster a dog so they can learn the responsibilities that come along with having a dog of their own.

You can have the foster dog as a “trial run”, all while giving the dog a better chance at adoption and knowing that they’re in a loving home and not in a scary, cold place. 


How to foster homes for dogs?

The process of fostering is as fuzzy as a 3-day old husky puppy and differs greatly between rescues and shelters.

Your first step is to research rescues and shelters in your area that offer foster programs.

You can message them on Facebook, give them a call, or even stop by. 

Let them know you’re interested in fostering and find out what the process is, and what their requirements are.

Most places will ask about the vet history of your current pets, your current home (whether you rent or own), your job hours, and your family members living with you. 

The rescue will use this information to help match you with the best dog unless you have a specific dog in mind.


What to expect when you’re fostering

You’ve got a lot of love to give, but what else will you have to do with your foster dog. More than likely you’ll be responsible for food, collar, toys, beds, etc.

These are tax-deductible as a charitable donation, so keep your receipts if that’s up to your alley. 

Most rescues will handle veterinary costs, medications, spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

You will possibly have to take them to and from the vet and maybe administer medications if needed.

Only You will most definitely be responsible for a load of cuddles and love.

This is also possible that you can even work on basic manners with the dog such as sit, stay, lay, and potty training. Their forever family will thank you.


But what if I fall in love

Well my friend, then you have joined the fail club. Foster Fails. Those of us that have taken a dog in with the intent to foster, and ended up adopting the dog instead. 

There are some dogs you just can’t let go of. Letting the dogs go to their new home will be hard, that’s inevitable. Knowing you are the reason they’ve found an amazing home and are an even better dog than when you got them, is what keeps people coming back for more. 

You are a huge part of the dogs’ adoption process and its ability to find a new home. Most foster parents post on social media about their fosters and build interest that way. Rather they build interest in the foster dog itself, or even in the process of fostering. 

Sharing what you do as foster spreads, and saves even more lives.



So if you are wanting to save the lives of as many dogs as you can. Please visit your local shelter or rescue and get the process started! Get hold of your first foster dog. 

Spoil them rotten, teach them that the past they’ve come from isn’t what they face now. Show them what love is and how a dog truly should be treated. 

Your heart will grow so much knowing how much you contributed to saving that dog, and hopefully so many more after them!

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