Foster a Dog

Inviting a dog into your home is an incredible thing to do for that dog. You are literally saving a life when you foster. Every dog fostered from Animal Services or a local rescue opens up room for another incoming stray, so that euthanasia doesn’t become necessary. 

Dino was too scared to stand up when he went home with his foster family

Fostering a dog gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with dog ownership in a safe, structured, and non-committal way. Getting a dog is a huge decision, but fostering is temporary and allows you to get a feel for what you want in a dog. 

With the patient support of his foster family, including the family cats, Dino came out of his shell.

A nervous dog who won’t show his personality in the shelter shows himself to be a cat-loving goofball in the home. A dog that nervously barks or paces at the shelter turns out to be a lazy couch potato when given some time to relax. A dog that seems indifferent at the shelter is a loyal velcro dog at home.

Watching a dog relax and blossom into the dog that she is meant to be is a unique and deeply rewarding experience.

On outings, Dino’s foster family learned that he loved children. He opened up for kids, and clearly adored being surrounded by them.

We understand that taking a shelter dog into your home is a risk. That’s why we do everything that we can to provide support and put you at ease.

We can help you find the perfect dog and program for you, whether you want to foster from Alachua County Animal Services or one of the wonderful local rescues. Dogs of every size, age, and energy level are looking for loving foster homes. Just let us know what your requirements are!

You can even foster a dog who has already been in a foster home, so that most of the big questions will have been answered for you.

Dino’s foster family made a flyer for him to take to adoption events. The kind of specific information that only a family can provide really makes a difference in a dog’s chances of being adopted.

Everything that you need, including a crate, food, blankets, and walking equipment is proviced for free. There is absolutely no cost to you. 

We provide a support network for foster families. Worried about someone to walk the dog while you’re away? Wondering about what you’ll do if you want a weekend getaway? We can help! Just let us know your needs and we can set up the support you need.

Thanks to fostering, the dog who was too scared to walk went home with the perfect family. He’ll get to grow up with this little boy, and they’ll be each other’s best friends for years to come.

Fosters are the backbone of rescue. Please give it a try!

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any question at all!

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