“I am the bridge between what was and what can be. I am the pathway to a new life”

A foster is a person who takes care of a dog temporarily in their own home until a permanent home is found.

Becoming a foster is an important commitment and may not be suitable for everyone’s lifestyle.

Before making the decision to foster, it’s important to ensure that you are able to provide the dog with the support required.

Why Foster?

Our rescue is 100% volunteer-based. We rely on our fosters to provide a safe environment for our dogs to help with their transition from being rescued to being welcomed into their forever home.

Foster homes are vital in helping dogs decompress and set them up for success. As a foster, you will provide dogs the opportunity to become socialized, help determine their character, as well as needs and abilities.

Fosters play an instrumental role in ensuring that the most suitable home is selected for dogs, which helps for a seamless and successful adoption.

By fostering, not only are you saving a life, but you can feel confident that your contributions are making a difference to dogs in need.

To learn more about what Fosters do and what is needed/required of you, click below.

Become a Foster

Step 1

It’s important to make sure that fostering is the right fit for you and your lifestyle. Ideal foster Candidates are those who have the capacity to spend time working with the dogs as they decompress.

At Hopeful Tails, we receive dogs of all different sizes and breeds. Bonus points if you’re a foster who is:

  • Happy to foster dogs of all sizes
  • Happy to foster dogs of any sex
  • Happy to foster dogs of all ages
  • Able and willing to learn how to best work with your foster dog
  • Able and willing to provide the dog with the exercise, care, and maintenance that it requires

Step 2

If you’re interested in fostering, please fill out a Foster Application Form.

Your application will be reviewed by one of our volunteers who will then be in touch with you to further discuss the responsibilities associated with fostering.

Step 3

We receive dogs regularly and as new dogs arrive in our care, we will reach out to see if you are available to foster.

Once you have been matched with a foster dog, one of our volunteers will be in touch to coordinate the pick-up/drop-off arrangements. At that time, you will also be provided with basic supplies, such as food, collar, crate, and whatever else the dog may need.

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