Foster a Pet

Foster homes are the foundation of OutPaws. As a foster-based rescue, we can only save lives because of the wonderful foster parents who volunteer to take animals into their homes, show them love, evaluate them in a home environment, encourage them to socialize with other animals, children and adults, and help prepare them for their forever homes.

OutPaws is always actively recruiting new foster families. If you are interested, please complete our Foster Application.

Many of our dogs have been abandoned by a prior owner or have been frightened by the shelter experience and are not ready to go immediately into a permanent home. The patience, structure, basic training, exercise and socialization that you give them as a foster parent will help them to better transition into their forever homes. The information you provide us on your Foster Application will help us to determine your comfort level and experience in dealing with the issues a foster home may experience.

We provide all of our foster homes with a handbook and offer support throughout the process. OutPaws also provides all medical care for foster animals, as well as a collar and tags. Additionally, we provide training and behavioral assistance and education to help you through any problems you may experience.

We ask that you commit to keeping your foster animal until it is adopted. With puppies and younger dogs, this may only be a matter of days or weeks. For fosters working with adult animals, the commitment is usually longer, from a couple of weeks to a few months. We understand that sometimes an animal is not a good fit in a foster home, and in those rare situations we will gladly move the dog to a different foster home. But we hope you will commit to keeping the animal for the duration of its time in foster care. In that time, you will come to understand the animal and be in a position to assist us in making the right placement.

Many potential fosters tell us, “I don’t think I could do what you do, because I wouldn’t be able to give the animal away.” Our fosters are wonderfully compassionate people who put the welfare of the animal above their own feelings. Fosters realize that by helping an animal temporarily, the foster is able to save many animals rather than just one. That said, we understand that from time-to-time a foster home will fall in love with an animal and not be able to let go. It has happened to many of us, too! That’s why our foster homes are always given the first priority to adopt.

If you would like to join our team of foster homes, please complete our Foster Application.  We will contact you to match you with a foster animal and ask you to complete the Foster Agreement. Fostering is a rewarding experience. Join us today to save a life and give a deserving animal a second chance.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

~Mahatma Gandhi