Advice and resources from seasoned foster parents.

Preparing to Foster Checklist ⟹

Questions to ask yourself and the rescue group before saying “yes” to the foster. 

Your Role as a Foster Parent ⟹

Your primary role as a foster parent is to be a loving and patient caretaker while your foster dog acclimates to domestic life. Your “job” as a foster parent is to learn all about the dog’s personality and behaviors, in order to help find a great adopter.

Shopping List ⟹

What to get for your temporary foster pooch! If you buy supplies for your foster dog, these materials may be tax-deductible

Foster Dog Business Cards ⟹

We recommend having a stack of business cards available to hand out when people express interest in your foster dog! Download, print, and distribute these business cards whenever someone asks, “How do I find out more about adopting this dog?”

Crate Training & House Training Tips ⟹

Crate training can help your foster dog feel confident in his or her new home and help prevent destruction while you’re out. You’ll thank us later. 

Photography Tips ⟹

Get the best shots of your foster dog to help him or her get adopted. 

All About Me ⟹

Complete a little "about me" sheet with your pup's routine, likes, and dislikes for new adopters, written by you: the foster parent.

Foster parents' bill of rights ⟹

Whether you are preparing for your first foster dog or you are a seasoned foster parent, it is always good to keep your rights as a foster parent in mind. Your well-being is just as important as the foster dog’s. 


Covering various helpful topics including big-dog fostering, dealing with separation anxiety, senior dog rescue, and more. From the mouth of real-life foster parents all around the country!