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How to Foster Dogs for Eventual Dog Adoption

Dogs are often put into foster homes after they have spent several weeks or months in a shelter. Help a dog adjust to domestic life by being a foster-dog volunteer.


  • Step 1: Check with a shelter Check with your local shelter to find out the requirements for fostering a dog. You may be asked, for example, to undergo volunteer orientation.
  • Step 2: Provide a temporary home Be prepared to give the dog a temporary home. The dog may need a foster home for a weekend or for a few months.
  • Step 3: Provide routine care Provide regular day-to-day care for the dog, including grooming, feeding, and exercise.
  • TIP: Be prepared to be asked to help with basic training, behavior modification, socialization and temperament evaluation, and making sure the dog gets medical care.
  • Step 4: Search for a permanent home Search for a permanent home for the dog. This may involve hanging posters, attending adoption events, putting an ad in the newspaper, posting the dog's picture on websites, and spreading word about the dog to others. It can take months to find the right home. So be patient, and in the meantime, treat the dog like he's a member of your family.
  • FACT: 25 percent of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.

You Will Need

  • Local shelter
  • Dog
  • Temporary home
  • Permanent home

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