Why Foster A Dog and What Does It Entail?

What does fostering a dog involve?
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the dog is adopted.

Why do adoption groups need foster homes?  There are many reasons a dog might need foster care.  Some of the most common include:

  • A rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter that can be attended 24×7 and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
  • A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
  • A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
  • A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
  • A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.

Why should I foster a dog?
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course).  By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:

  • freeing up a spot so that K-9 Angels Rescue can take in another dog.
  • giving your foster dog the time he/she needs to be ready for adoption.
  • helping K-9 Angels learn more about the dog so he/she can end up in the best home possible.
  • socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.

How do I sign up to foster a dog?

Click over to the K-9 Angels Rescue “How To Become A Foster” page.  There you will find more information on fostering for K-9 Angels Rescue.
Complete the Foster Agreement and e-mail it to


If you are approved, they will work with you to figure out the right foster dog for your household.

Source:  Jane Harrell (originally published on the Petfinder blog)



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