Articles About Fostering

I’m a Licensed Foster Pet ParentI’m a Licensed Foster Pet Parent. Here’s What I’ve Learned From This Life-Changing Experience -

 I hear it all the time: “Oh, you foster? I’d love to do that, but I don’t think I could.” The reasons vary. People note the time commitment, difficult animals, or that they wouldn’t be able to send the animal back to the humane society to find its forever home. And they’re right. I’ve struggled with all three of those points, but it’s absolutely worth it. Here are the invaluable things I’ve learned from my years of being a foster pet parent.

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...."

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...

Thinking about fostering an adoptable dog?Thinking about fostering an adoptable dog? -

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....