After reviewing our Become a Foster page, does fostering sound like your thing? Hopeful Tails will provide everything you need including a bed, food and treats, toys, crate, leash, collar, vetting, medication (if required), and whatever else you may need. In return, we do have a few things we need from you:
- Provide a loving, nurturing environment for the dog.
- Bring the dog to any vet appointments they may have.
- Provide some basic training (e.g. crate training, basic commands, leash walks, etc.).
- Pick up the dog’s supplies.
- Provide the adoption coordinator with regular updates on the dog’s progress and photos.
- Attend meet and greets with potential adopters
Have more questions about fostering? We have the answers! You’re always welcome to reach out to us to ask any questions that you have. But first, we recommend taking a look at the frequently asked questions below.
Hopeful Tails will reach out to you once we know a dog is arriving to see if you are interested in fostering this pup. If the timing is right for you, you will be assigned an adoption coordinator and as much information as we have will be shared with you.
Supplies (food, bed, leash, collar, ID tag, treats, toys, crate) will be arranged for pickup/delivery in preparation for the dog’s arrival. You will arrange a veterinary appointment at your convenience, and you will have the support of an adoption coordinator, a foster coordinator and a medical coordinator throughout the process.
Most fosters will take three to six weeks, unless there are some medical/surgical issues with the dog. The foster plays an important role and your input will be greatly appreciated in the selection of the adoptive home
Typically the duration is between 3 to 15 weeks but may be shorter or longer depending on the dog’s needs. Each animal is different and will have different requirements. Some settle into foster care quickly while others need more time to decompress and get used to a completely new environment.
Your foster dog may also have medical needs which can sometimes take more time.
If you decide you would like to adopt your foster dog then you must discuss this with your Adoption Coordinator. Your request to adopt will be taken into consideration and must be approved by Hopeful Tails.
Your home may be the right place for a short term stay but it’s the long term that we are always thinking of when placing the foster dog into their forever home.
Absolutely! Please note that our veterinarian partners are mostly located in Toronto and around the GTA. As a foster you will be required to transport and accompany your foster dog to veterinary appointments as required.
We ask that fosters have access to a vehicle (or have another family member or friend help with transportation).
Yes, you can. If you are well aware of your travel plans in advance, Hopeful Tails will try our best to place a suitable dog between trips.
Many of our rescue partners give us a clear sense of the dog’s needs ahead of time, but there are those who occasionally arrive without any vetting, so until a vet visit is arranged, we won’t know exactly what will be needed. But occasionally a dog will need to be moved, but being a foster is a volunteer role, for which we are grateful, so we will do our best to accommodate.
We will ask you in advance of accepting a foster dog if you plan on travelling over the coming weeks. If you have a planned vacation then we would prefer to work with you after your vacation to avoid having to move your foster dog. Moving can be very stressful on the dog and we want to always avoid stressing them.
The dogs are our responsibility and we must know where they are and under whose care they are in at all times.
Yes, you can. We will match dogs that our rescue partners indicate are appropriate to place in families with children. We do our best to assess a dog going into a foster home with children.
Most dogs do very well with children as long as there is a general understanding and respect for the dog’s space. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that children are aware of how to interact with the foster dog and must always be supervised when doing so.
Absolutely! In many cases having another canine friend can be very helpful in helping your foster dog adjust. Dogs will learn from other dogs what behaviours are expected of them making it easier to settle in.
We can help with slow introductions so the pups can get to know each other resulting in more successful meetings. Cats and smaller animals should be kept in other areas of the house for safety reasons.
All dogs and cats MUST be fully up to date with vaccinations and be spayed/neutered.
We do NOT allow our foster dogs in dog parks. Dog parks, although they look like fun, can be very stressful and not all dogs get along. Incidents at dog parks happen all the time as unwanted behaviours can escalate quickly.
We do not know the full background of our dogs and we want them to always feel safe.
Yes, of course! As part of our application process we will verify that dogs are allowed where you currently live. You will need to be committed to providing regular exercise based on the dog’s energy level and regular potty breaks.
Please note that not all dogs are suitable for condo or apartment living so we will also assess the suitability, with the help of our rescue partners, before approving the intake.
We do our best to match the foster dog with the appropriate family environment in order to set everyone up for success. If you are having issues, please reach out to your Coordinator right away so that we can assist you and your foster dog.
It’s very stressful to move dogs from foster homes but if it’s absolutely necessary we ask that you continue to provide care for your foster dog until a new foster home is available. Please note that this can sometimes take a couple of days.