Foster Program


We are very grateful to all of our foster parents....



Because we have no central facility, we rely solely upon a network of experienced, kind and loving volunteer foster homes to help these dogs transition from the nightmares of their past to the dreamscape of their futures.

While Rescued for Life provides for their medical care, our foster homes provide them with a stable environment and a safe haven, coupled with training, support, and most importantly, TLC. Our fosters are our "eyes and ears", for they are the ones who are closest to the dogs, and who can best assess their physical and psychological needs. Needs we make certain to address.

Why? Because our ultimate goal is to ensure that our dogs are not only highly adoptable, but that they are excellent matches for the permanent homes we choose for them through our rigorous screening and adoption process.

Fostering a dog can be at times exhausting, heartbreaking, frustrating and yet joyful, fun, and extremely rewarding.
Our foster homes are our most important resource, without them we could not continue!

Things to know
Fostering a dog means taking a dog into your home with unknown training history, background, socialization, house manners, temperament etc. It is nearly impossible to determine a dogs true temperament in a shelter environment. Many dogs are temperament tested in the Shelter, just to find out later how incorrect the results are.

Understand that all dogs are rescue dogs and their behavior can be unpredictable. Be prepared for some adjustment problems in the beginning. It can be stressful for both you and the dog to be in a new situation. Be patient. If the going gets tough we will help out with advice and encouragement. Rescued for Life and our wonderful resources will help and assist you in every step to make the transition for you and your foster dog as easy as possible. We are ALL in this together!!!

Many potential foster families worry about having to let the dogs go to a new home. Adoption day is very difficult, but the simple fact of knowing if this dog does not go to his/her new home another dog can not be saved. Fostering may not be the easiest job in the world, but it can be one of the most rewarding. Make sure that your entire family and your current pets are committed to doing this job because without their support it can be difficult.

  • Rescued for Life provides all food and a crate if required.
  • Foster homes need to have the ability to keep foster dogs apart from any pets living in the home (if foster dog can not get along with current pets)
  • Be willing to foster your dog from rescue to adoption. The amount of time needed to find a permanent home for a dog can vary from weeks to months. You must be committed to the foster process in order for the dog to be adopted.
  • Be able to spend some time with the foster dog to train the basic commends. In some cases when professional training is needed to be present and participate in training sessions.

Reasons to become a Foster Parent

1. Fostering a dog in need is extremely rewarding. Knowing that you have saved a life is quite a wonderful feeling.
2. Every dog you foster IS a life saved!
3. All vet expense are paid for by Rescued for Life
4. All food, bowls, crates are provided by Rescued for Life.
5. All mileage on your vehicle used while transporting to vet, events, etc is tax deductible.
6. The feeling of watching your foster dog be adopted by a loving family!
7. Seeing your time, love and dedication pay off in the faces of a happy family and dog!

Foster Home Requirements

  • Commitment, Commitment, Commitment!! The reason we are able to pull and save dogs from high-kill shelters is because of an open foster home, if that means YOU, you are the only available space for that dog. Because of this reason you are asked to manage the dogs needs through and until adoption day. This is something you must understand fully and completely!
  • Foster homes must meet the same requirements as our adoptive homes.
  • A foster Home application needs to be complete followed by a home visit.
  • All current pets in the household must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations.
  • Foster homes need to have the ability to keep any resident cats safe during a foster dogs first few days in the home.

Thank you for considering to foster a dog in desperate need !!!

Please click on the link below to fill out the foster application

Foster Application

We like to make sure your foster application was received, please contact us if you don't hear back from us within 48 hours.