Foster Information


Foster families provide temporary care for rescued dogs that we have accepted for placement in a permanent home. Feedback from the foster helps us determine what type of home your foster dog needs. Your responsibilities would normally include providing a loving environment for your foster dog, obtaining any necessary veterinary care from our approved veterinarians ( all veterinary costs are covered by Happy Tails), and providing basic obedience training. People decide to foster for a variety of reasons. Some foster just to foster and rescue dogs, some foster because in the back of their mind they are looking for another dog, and some foster searching for the perfect match. Some foster homes have a dog, a cat, or children, while others are on their own. We accept all different types of foster homes and welcome the opportunity to help you learn more. It is preferred that all of our foster homes have a fenced yard, but it is not required. As a foster home, you can decide how often you want to foster and which dogs you are willing to foster (age, gender, etc.). We also have a program that we call Foster-To-Adopt. This program is designed for an applicant that is actively looking to adopt one of our dogs. We would ask that you first fill out an online application and please mark that you would like to foster-to-adopt a particular dog that you understand that you have the first right of refusal to adopt. It’s a good way to test drive your dog and see if they are a perfect match or not. Our preference is always to move the foster dogs as little as possible. If there’s a chance that we could place the dog directly into their permanent home, we’ll always try that first. We’re very flexible with the program and I think that’s why some of our applicants try it. As you can imagine, not every dog is perfect when they come to our rescue. We vet them, have them spayed or neutered, and give them guidance where they have lacked in the past. The biggest issue our dogs typically have is the need for human contact. Most get along with kids, cats, and other dogs. Most are housetrained or catch on quickly. Many are obedience and crate-trained. The nice part about fostering dogs is the fact that they learn so quickly and are so eager to please. A little guidance, a lot of love, and a warm home are typically all they needed to be good dogs. We are a 100% volunteer organization and we have a great foster community. Other foster homes are always willing to offer advice when someone has a question. A lot of our volunteers have been doing this for years and there is always someone to help. Some dogs are given descriptions such as undisciplined, chews everything I own, barks all the time, etc. and with some love and attention, they become the most well-behaved and loyal dogs.