How to Foster a Dog

Jodie Humphries - Dog Lover

How to Foster a Dog

You may be considering becoming a foster parent for a pup. Before deciding to become a foster parent, there are multiple things you need to consider, like if you have the time to help a dog adjust.

What does it mean to be a foster parent to a dog?

Being a foster parent just means you’re looking after the pup for a short period rather than committing to a long term arrangement like adoption. You may be helping a rescue get ready for their forever home, supporting a service dog’s training or just helping an owner when they can’t care for their pup.

Why should you consider fostering a dog?

There are many reasons you might consider fostering a dog. Still, it’s always good to weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision.

Pros and cons of foster parenting

The benefits of becoming a dog foster parent:

  • Test out pet ownership - If you’re not sure if you and your family are ready to adopt a pup, then fostering is a nice way to test the waters
  • Help people and pups in need - Foster parenting a dog helps support the local shelter or rescue, which helps the broader community
  • Help a pup through training - You may choose to foster a dog going through service dog training
  • The pups! - The best part of fostering is getting to enjoy all the love that puppies have to give.



Some other things to consider

  • Emotional attachment - You and your family can become emotionally attached to the pup, making the goodbye hard
  • Dogs may have issues - Rescue dogs often come from troubled past, and you don’t always know what they’ve been through, which can make them difficult to handle
  • Training can be hard - There will likely be training involved once you have the dog. This training will vary depending on the dog but will be time-consuming.

 

What’s the criteria for fostering a dog?

Each shelter, rescue or other organisation that offers to find foster families for dogs will have specific criteria. Some basic criteria include:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Complete a foster application for your chosen organisation
  • Have a valid drivers licence
  • Live in the area the organisation is located
  • Be able to offer a safe and secure environment for the dog (mostly indoors)
  • Other animals in the home must be well socialised and friendly to other animals
  • Be able to isolate the foster animal from other animals in the home
  • Be able to commit to fostering a dog for the period set by the organisation
  • In some cases, there may be terms about the age of children in the home
Whatever reason you consider fostering a pup, the best part is you’re helping your local community by supporting your local shelter or rescue organisation.

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