Volunteer – Foster a Dog

How to become a K-9 Foster Parent

Fostering a dog saves a life. If you would like to help us by fostering a dog, please fill out our Foster Application. Foster care consists of providing a safe, loving, temporary home for a dog until a permanent adoptive home can be found. All dogs are screened for health and temperament before entering our program. We can only rescue as many dogs as we have foster homes! If you are thinking of fostering–please read "Becoming a Foster Parent: Are you Ready?"–which has a number of good things for you to think about.

We provide food, basic supplies, vet care and guidance. You provide the love, training and a home. The dog provides you with love, joy, and the satisfaction of having saved a life.

The time involved is usually from 4 weeks to several months. The dog/puppy is posted on several websites: Our Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue (LHAR) site, Petfinder.com, adoptapet.com and dogtime.com as well as many other partnering websites.

The Foster Parent’s responsibilities:

  • Provide a temporary home for the dog.
  • Be Patient. Understand that all dogs are rescue dogs and their behavior can be unpredictable. Be prepared for some adjustment in the beginning. It can be stressful for both you and the dog to be in a new situation.
  • Be willing to foster your dog from rescue to adoption. The amount of time needed to find a permanent home for a dog can vary from weeks to months.
  • If you are working full time, provide a safe place for the dog to be while you are gone. We highly recommend a gated room or crate training to keep both the dog and your home safe and secure. We will provide a crate if requested.
  • Foster homes sign a Foster Agreement and agree to abide by Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue Policies. Please see the Foster Manual for more information.
  • Notify your LHAR contact immediately in the event the dog is sick. Take the dog to medical appointments-if necessary and to his adoption/visit appointment when approved.
  • Notify your LHAR contact when you are going on vacation so we can provide another home for your dog to go to until you return.
  • Keep LHAR informed about your foster dog’s personality, quirks, behavior, etc. You input is invaluable for describing the dog on the websites and to give potential adopters insight.
  • Treat the dog as a member of your family.

Dogs are placed through the internet using various websites. An approved application is required prior to any visits. A home visit may be required, and all adopted dogs must have adoption papers fill out, signed, and the adoption fee paid before they can go home with an adopter.

We welcome foster homes that work to find permanent homes for their foster dogs. LHAR requirements must be met by all adopters. We require that foster homes be willing to foster two or three (2-3) dogs before adopting one. We do understand that parting with the first dog is the hardest, but the rewards for saving a life is beyond measure.