What is a Foster Home?

A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. The number of dogs we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

Why Foster?

The only way that we can save these dogs is with the help of foster homes. Our puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption. Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.

In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a shelter. For some dogs, they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.

Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, or to overcome a behavioral issue. Occasionally, it’s the joy of giving extra TLC to puppies too young to be adopted.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?

Fosters will keep animals an average of 6 months unless it is medically or behaviorally indicated otherwise. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. You will be told up-front before you agree to foster the pet how long of a commitment we believe it will be.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
  • Provide food, water, toys/enrichment, and shelter
  • Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
  • Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
  • Transport to/from offsite adoption events

Want to make a difference in a dogs life?

Ready to Foster a dog?

Text DocumentClick the icon to open and complete this foster application. Once completed, email it to kathy@samadhilegacy.org

Want to find out more? Please contact us