Something that we absolutely must have are fosters! Almost all of our dogs are placed into temporary foster homes, as we search for the perfect forever home! Our foster care program allows us to learn more about our dogs and how they will react to a home environment, and enables us to make better long-term matches for both you and our dogs. Sadly we have to say "no" to many deserving dogs due to lack of foster homes... please consider this very important part of rescue by becoming a foster. If you are open to fostering, please let us know. It's a rewarding experience!
You can find our Foster Application by clicking here.
Still have questions? We have a Foster Frequently Asked Questions page! Click here to read our Foster FAQs!
Are you actually looking for information on our "Foster-to-Adopt Program"? Click here for details.
Current dogs needing fosters:
Click on the photo to see their profiles.
Click here to view the video, "Home School: Fostering for Success"
Some of our fosters have shared their fostering experiences with us. Click here to read their inspirational stories!
Click here to read an article by Vicki Ronchette, a foster mom and behavior/training volunteer for Brave Heart Dog Training.
Click here to read an Examiner.com article, "48 Hours to Live - His Name is Bolt", by Penny Eims.
Click here to read a Healthy Pet U article, "Good Deeds: Offering Foster Care to Homeless Pets".
Visit FosterDogs.com to find more insights into fostering.
Click here to view the video, "This Year, Save One, Foster One, Rescue One Dog"
Click here to read "A Dog's Prayer / God's Response"
You can also contact us via email:
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A Poem to My Foster Dog
by Diane Morgan
I am the bridge,
Between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush,
Because my heart melted when I saw you,
Matted and sore, limping, depressed
Lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.
I am made of steel.
Because when the time comes,
When you are well, and sleek,
when your eyes shine,
And your tail wags with joy
Then comes the hard part.
I will let you go-not without a tear,
But without a regret.
For you are safe forever--
A new dog needs me now.
To My Foster Mom (or Dad)
There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.
- Author Unknown
Fosters are crucial to our rescue, as we do not have kennel facilities. Our fosters help to acclimate dogs to a home environment, teach them some basics, learn about the dog's quirks and personality.
Without enough fosters, we have to turnaway many deserving dogs. Perhaps some of these stories (written by our very own fosters!) will inspire you to foster for us!
My Foster Story
by Freya Hill
I began fostering about 3 years ago, when my beloved dog passed away and I was sure I never wanted to go through that again...click here to read more
The Mama Dog
by Steffi Ridgel
Fostering sort of sneaked up on me. One day, a few years ago, a friend who worked in rescue called me with a desperate situation...click here to read more
Forty-Two Dogs and Counting
by Steffi Ridgel
I am so lucky to be a foster. The dogs come to me in so many shapes and sizes, colors and temperaments...click here to read more
Baby, the Old English Sheepdog
by Sharon Hooper
My husband and I have fostered for many years, first for an Old English sheepdog rescue and now for Reach Out Rescue & Resources...click here to read more
by Libby Marquardt
Over the past 20 years of doing rescue, I have fostered at least 50 dogs... some stayed, some went on to forever homes...click here to read more