What supplies do I need to foster a dog?
Nothin' but love! We have collars, harnesses, leashes, toys, food, "ADOPT ME" vests, and other supplies available for our foster families. You can also join our foster family community on Facebook where you can coordinate playdates, share photos and make some friends.
What are my responsibilities as a foster family?
Notify us ASAP of any health concerns. We cover all necessary care that is pre-approved and administered by our shelter staff or veterinarians. Please let us know if any medical concerns arise so that we can get your foster dog proper care.
Attend Adoption Events. We ask our foster families to bring their foster dogs to mobile adoptions at least twice a month. It's great when you can stay and meet potential adopters, but you can also drop off your foster dog at the event and pick them up afterward.
Meet potential adopters. You'll get to know your foster dog better than anyone, so you'll be a big part of your foster dog's adoption. You'll bring your foster dog to the shelter to meet potential adopters, and you're welcome to stay to help answer questions or you can leave it up to our adoptions team.
Keep us updated. Many of our dogs have been through a lot, and may need some time to come out of their shell. Send us photographs and updates as you learn more about your foster dog - those first hand updates and sweet photos will help your dog get adopted faster! If you notice a problematic behavior or medical issue developing, we're counting on you to let our foster team know.
Help your foster dog be the best they can be by taking some time to teach them basic manners. Basic training is fun and makes a dog much more adoptable!
It's incredibly rewarding to see a dog come out of their shell and learn to play, love and become a beloved canine good citizen. It's even better to see your foster dog find their forever family, and know that your time, love and dedication made that happen. We love our foster families!
How long will do I need to commit to each dog?
Our dogs have been through a lot of upheaval in their lives, so in order to minimize transitional stress we ask that foster parents commit for at least 2 weeks. Most of our dogs are adopted in that time, but certain dogs may need longer-term placements. Talk to our team about the length of your commitment and any other requirements you have, and they'll set you up with the perfect foster pup.
Tip: If you just want to take one of our dogs for a walk or day hike, consider the DOGO! program, where you can take a shelter pup on a fun adventure and return them to the shelter the same day.