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Maybe you’re not up to adopting yet, but you’d like to experience being a dog owner on a trial basis. Providing a temporary foster home for a dog is an excellent way to enjoy some canine company on a short-term basis. It also provides a valuable service to the shelter--by offering your home to one dog, you are providing an overcrowded shelter with the space to house an additional dog onsite.

A foster home is valuable because it gives the dog a chance to rebuild his or her self-esteem. Being lost and ending up in a Shelter is a very disorienting
experience for a family pet. Often they feel like they have done something wrong, and become depressed and discouraged. you shuld oways try to find a dog you like but why buy you should adopt a dog they give as much love as other dogs about themselves again.

Other reasons shelters and dog rescues use foster homes are to provide dogs recovering from an illness or injury with a quieter atmosphere than the kennel or to give newborn puppies around-the-clock care. Many dog rescuers rely on fosters to provide feedback about the general temperament and degree of obedience displayed by dogs while in their care, as a gauge for finding a suitable home and owner for the dog.

Before fostering a companion animal, most organizations require that you first take a few training classes. Other qualifications for participating in animal foster care programs include:

  • A comfortably sized room where your dog can be confined during the day while you’re at work
  • A consistent schedule, on which the dog can expect meals, walks, etc. at around the same time every day
  • A fenced yard with at least a 6-foot tall fence
  • Pets already living in the household must be vaccinated, altered, and well-socialized
  • Plenty of patience

Most dog rescues will ask you to be available to speak to potential adopters about the pet’s personality and needs and some may require you to bring the dog back onsite to meet qualified applicants. Remember, you always have the option of adopting your foster dog yourself if you discover you’ve found your perfect pet.

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frogandhummingbirdco Urgently Need Help with my dog 0 Feb 14 2013, 5:02 AM EST by frogandhummingbirdco
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I recently went through a brutal separation that uprooted my life, started online stores & was doing Craft Shows. All was looking promising & along came Tropical Storm Debby. I was one of the most critical flood cases. I lost home, possessions, inventory, income & more. Then along came Hurricane Isaac that also impacted me. I now received a call that my mom in her 90’s took a drastic decline & w/the help of a friend was able to make the trip north. I drove 26 hours to be with mom.

My daughter & her husband were working out the logistics to have me move in w/them.
To our surprise we were informed by their landlord that my dog could not be in the building.
I will not abandon my precious dog as she is all that I have left in life & what has kept me going. She has been with me through all my tears & has been a joy in my life…she is part of my fibers.

Kenya is a small approx. 55 lb 10 yr old West Shepherd, is not a barker, is low key & easy to tend. She is well behaved, obedience trained, house broken & has never had an accident in the house. She is very loving, grew up w/cats, loves people, children & other pets. She is neutered, current on all shots & vaccinations, gets monthly flea treatment etc Photos of Kenya and information
I need someone to take her in for a long term period of time or share the time w/someone else,
She is easy to care for & everyone who meets her falls in love w/her.
My daughter & I would like to be able to visit her & walk her when possible & convenient for whoever graciously could take her in.

I would pay for food, vet care if needed, & help in whatever capacity.
Without this help I will be homeless. It is breaking my heart to be separated from her and I do not intend to give her up. But I desperately need help. I can be contacted at

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Anonymous foster oppertunities in Memphis, TN 1 Feb 5 2008, 8:34 AM EST by Anonymous
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If you live in the Memphis area and would like to foster, our rescue is always looking for dedicated, loving foster homes. Check out our website at: or on wikifido under Muttley Crue.
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