Resources for Our Foster Families


Your first resource is DHDR. If something isn’t working well, or if you just need a hand, contact your foster home coordinator, who is listed in your Foster contract. Or contact us. Be sure to state that you’re fostering and need help. To speed things up, please give us your telephone number and email address.



What’s my job? For a reminder, check your fostering contract. Basically, you do all you can to ready a dog for a forever home, and you keep us informed about all aspects of its behavior and personality. Your experience will tell us when your foster is ready to be placed.  “Aside from regular day-to-day care (feeding, grooming, exercise), the responsibilities of a foster home may include basic training (housetraining, walking on leash, sit, down); behavior modification (to correct problems such as jumping, mouthing, barking, destructive chewing, dashing through doors); socialization and temperament evaluation (to determine whether the dog is good with different types of people and other animals); medical care (dispensing medication, taking the dog to vet appointments), and of course plenty of playtime and snuggling.” Provides support and guidance for foster caretakers. Includes many articles and a discussion group. See the Resource Library here for lots of useful information, including the article titled, “Fostering Shelter Dogs.” Includes the interesting personal experience article titled, “You Too Can Foster.”