Fostering is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you will be a part of, but expect some speed bumps along the way: a chewed shoe, a few nights of waking up at midnight, potty accidents, and a lot of time and patience, especially in the beginning as your new dog learns the ropes.
The dogs sometimes come from a very stressful shelter stay where they have spent weeks, months or even years. They have had no stability, structure, or a person to call their own for a long time. They will need time to decompress, and adjust; it is the fosters responsibility to provide a caring, patient, positive environment for the dog to return to a calm state of mind.
We strongly recommend keeping the dog’s world small for the first few weeks by keeping environments controlled. This might mean not introducing the animal to new people/dogs outside of the home for awhile. As a foster, you will help your dog become its most adoptable-self (which can include: learning leash manners, master house training, practicing basic commands, acclimatizing with strangers/animals, and more). We rely on you to take pictures, videos, and stay in touch to help promote your dog for adoption. Fostering has the potential to not only change the life of a dog, but change yours as well.