Foster a Rescue Dog in Your Home
Fosters help prepare rescue dogs in need of some extra love for their forever homes.
Foster care is the most crucial yet scarcest ingredient in dog rescue. Fosters provide the invaluable love and care that a dog needs in the transition period from rescue to adoption. Foster parents temporarily provide food, care and shelter in their home for rescue dogs until a forever home can be found.
- Provide a safe, secure and stable home environment
- Provide food, water, and medical care
- Socialize your dog with other people and dogs
- Teach your dog basic obedience training
- Bring dog for veterinary care at our approved vets if necessary
- Administer medications if necessary
- Learn about and assess dogs temperament, character and abilities
- Download (Word Doc) or print and complete (PDF) our Foster Dog Assessment
- Email Foster Dog Assessment to firstname.lastname@example.org
While the dog is in foster care, we cover all veterinary care at our approved vets. Any care at a non-partner vet must be approved in advance and may be denied. In some cases, we may be able to to loan or offer a crate upon request. We provide a collar and tag for all foster dogs. All other supplies including but not limited to dog beds, dog toys, specialty harnesses or collars, training tools, and treats are not the financial responsibility of Ginger’s Pet Rescue, but may be provided at the foster family’s discretion.
FAQ: What happens if we decide we want to keep our foster dog?
This is not uncommon and is lovingly termed a “foster fail” – in fact, we usually give first priority to the fosters to adopt their dog in this case. However, this requires a good fit for the dog and any adoptions even by fosters must be approved by Ginger’s Pet Rescue and may be denied at our sole discretion, as our priority is finding the best home for the dog.
We greatly appreciate our foster parents, but we also understand that being a foster parent is not for everyone. It’s a very serious responsibility! If you are interested in being a foster parent for Ginger’s Pet Rescue, please download an application.
Interested? Download the Foster Application and Apply!
Dear Animal Lovers,
I am always in desperate need of FOSTER HOMES in order to help save dogs before they are put down. People who offer to help me foster are the most important people in my rescue! Fostering and saving a Death Row Dog means giving this dog a second chance in life when this dog has been abandoned, abused, homeless or is no longer wanted. Deadlines come very quickly and unexpectedly and when the clock starts ticking, I need to be able to find a foster home immediately.
It is the foster homes that temporarily provide food, care, love and shelter for these dogs in their own home until a permanent home can be found. Being a foster care provider takes a considerable amount of time, dedication, and genuine caring. It’s a big commitment and it’s not a job for everyone. Yet the fulfillment and sense of purpose you receive in knowing that you helped one more dog find its way into a safe, happy home is overwhelming each time you successfully place a dog.
As a foster “parent”, you are not only providing shelter, food and health care, you will be responsible for learning about and assessing the dog’s temperament, character and abilities before finding him a new home. You should teach some basic commands and obedience training to the dog. Things such as sit, come, stay, and having the dog walk on a lead will ensure a secure transition into its new home. It is also important to socialize with other dogs, people and surroundings. Find out if they get along with cats and how they are with children. You’ll may also need to also look for fear or aggression triggers and make sure that this dog is housebroken.
When it is time for your dog to go to its new permanent home you will most probably feel an attachment to your foster dog, and tears may be shed that day. It is important to remember that you did give the dog a second chance at life and that’s a very precious and worthwhile gift to both the dog and its new family. You will feel a great sense of accomplishment, and it is very rewarding