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Become a Dog Foster Home

Hear what some of our current dog foster homes have to say:

Laurie and Natalie are a mother/daughter team who have fostered many AFRP dogs. Laurie says, "Natalie and I both love the hugs and snuggles aspect of welcoming new dogs into our home and nurturing them into a trust of humans they lost in the shelter environment. We love seeing the happy adoptive family walk away with a spring in their step, their new dog’s tail wagging excitedly." Natalie says, "I do get sad when a dog gets adopted, but I know we’ll have another one pretty soon!"

Experienced foster mom Gina says, "Fostering, for me, is the ultimate expression of my love for dogs. It requires hard work, some sleep-deprived nights, creative scheduling, and assorted cleaning products, but BOY is it worth it! It is always bittersweet to see the dogs go, but you know you were instrumental in getting them on the path to a great new life."

Debbie has been fostering for 3 years. Along with the rewards of helping a dog find a good home, she says, "I love having a dog but my work situation involves frequent and sometimes long trips out of town, which does not permit me to have a full-time dog of my own. So with fostering I get to pick and choose when to foster, without the worry of having to leave a permanent pet each time I leave town."

Commonly Asked Questions about Fostering Dogs:

How many dogs would I have to foster?

You may take in as many dogs or as few as you wish. Even fostering one dog would help a great deal.

Do I get to choose which dog I foster?

We try to match the foster dog to the home it will be going to. If you require a particular size, or if you need a dog who is good with children or other pets, we do our best to meet that criteria. We encourage the foster home to meet the prospective dog at the shelter before bringing it home, to insure a good match.

How much will it cost to foster a dog?

AFRP pays the cost of all veterinary care, food, and other supplies the dog may need.

How long does it take for a dog to get adopted?

We cannot make any promises regarding how long a particular dog will be in your home. On average, it takes between a week and a month for a dog to find a permanent home. A dog recovering from health problems may take a bit longer than a healthy dog.

Will I be involved in choosing the dog’s new owner?

We have found that foster homes are the best judge of what kind of home is the best fit for their foster dog’s particular needs. You will be involved in the screening process of potential adopters, in order to find the best home for the dog. Please call AFRP if you are interested in becoming a dog foster home, (831) 333-0722.

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