Articles About Fostering

MangoDogMD: Thinking About a Dog, But Unsure About Commitment? Foster One and Save a Life!MangoDogMD: Thinking About a Dog, But Unsure About Commitment? Foster One & Save a Life!

Craving some canine company, but unsure about the long term responsibility or bills? Considering a breed for a Companion Dog, Service Dog or Emotional Support Animal, but uncertain if it is the right fit for your lifestyle? On a waiting list for a trained Service Dog and would like a little furry buddy for emotional support in the meantime? Then fostering may be the answer. You will be giving this pup a chance to find a forever home as well!


Everyday Heroes: Foster FamiliesEveryday Heroes: Foster Families - StubbyDog pays tribute to foster families. By Jessica Dolce

They don’t have room, but somehow they find the space. When a dog is stressed from kennel life, or in need a quiet place to heal or a family to teach them the ropes, or a rescue can’t take him unless a foster home is available – these families say, “We can take him home....”


How can we not foster dogs?Puppy Mill Survivors: Caring for Unsocialized Mill Dogs - Michelle Crean and Eilene Ribbens, with special thanks to rescue and shelter workers who have contributed their experiences and knowledge.

Except in some sad, rare circumstance where they originally came from companion homes, most puppy mill breeder dogs have never been treated as pets. They are considered livestock -- the puppies, a cash crop -- and rescued mill dogs are suffering, in a very real sense, from some degree of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Melinda Merck, in a November 2005 article for Critter Chatter, states: "Just like in humans, symptoms of PTSD in animals can be triggered by visual cues, smells, sounds, or objects associated with the trauma. Symptoms of PTSD that animals can exhibit include: submissive urination or defecation; unusual or fearful reactions to certain people, garments, hats, or other reminders of the trauma; shaking; flinching when someone tries to pet their head; snapping at your hand; and some animals can even seizure with extreme fear...."


How can we not foster dogs?How can we not foster dogs? - Teresa Cox, Volunteer at the Cowley County Humane Society

Several years ago I volunteered as a dog walker at Cowley County Humane Society. It was then that I discovered the need for foster homes. Fostering means bringing an animal home on a temporary basis. This helps reduce the crowding at the shelter and provides care in our home until a dog can be adopted....

Realities of fosteringRealities of Fostering - Furry Friends Network

Foster families have many responsibilities. We clean off weeks if not years of neglect and dirt. We take care of the physical needs of our charges and make right what others have allowed to go wrong. But underlying all of those issues, and superseding them, is our responsibility to know the temperament of our foster dogs inside and out....


You too can foster!You Too Can Foster! By Deb Carr - Dogs Deserve Better

Whenever I introduce one of my foster dogs or it comes up in conversation that I foster dogs I ALWAYS get the same response: “I could never do that, I wouldn’t be able to give it up. It would hurt too much”. Well I am here to say that if I can do it….you can do it!....


Thinking about fostering an adoptable dog?Thinking about fostering an adoptable dog? - dogtime.com

Next to owning a dog or cat, there is nothing more enjoyable or rewarding than fostering an animal from your local shelter or rescue group. Even if you have a pet at home, you might be able to fit in a temporary tenant--a dog or cat making the transition from shelter to a new adoptive family....


Foster care for a rescue dogFoster Care for a Rescue Dog by M. Shirley Chong

You heard about this dog from your hair dresser; you got a referral call from the chair of your national rescue club, someone that you know from dog shows heard about this dog that needed help and found your name through an old show catalog. You met the dog; not a gem and not a monster, but a nice dog with some promise. You've got a foster dog....


Fostering shelter dogsFostering Shelter Dogs - Maddie's Fund

What's so great about fostering a dog? Easy - the fantastic dog love you get for your effort. But that's not all. Here are eight more reasons why every person on the planet should think about fostering a dog....