Fostering a Dog

Foster volunteers are the heart of our organization, and are true heroes to animals in need. AFRP’s foster volunteers save lives every time they open their homes to a dog or puppy in need of a second chance. Our local animal shelters reach out to AFRP to take in dogs that are at risk of being put down because they are sick, injured, senior, underaged or simply overlooked. The more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save. Fostering a dog or puppy is an incredibly rewarding experience, and AFRP is there to help every step of the way. 

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 with the potential foster home. If you require a particular size or need a dog that is good with children or other pets, we do our best to meet that criteria. We encourage the foster volunteer to meet the prospective foster dog at AFRP before bringing it home, to ensure 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. An underaged puppy, a dog recovering from health problems or a shy dog working on gaining confidence might take longer. 

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.

Interested in fostering a dog?

Please fill out a Volunteer Application