Foster to Adopt



What is the foster-to-adopt arrangement? 

If a dog is not already in a foster home, we allow adopters the opportunity to foster the dog which they are interested in adopting. This means you would be allowed to house a dog temporarily to see if you think it is a good fit. Fostering-to-adopt also gives you an advantage in that you would be first in line to adopt the dog. Often, this is the best way to adopt our most highly adoptable dogs, because they tend to get adopted very quickly.

Will the adoption fee be less if I foster-to-adopt? 

No, the adoption fee will be the same as if you didn't foster. The main advantages of the 'foster-to-adopt arrangement are those mentioned above.


Here are the main things to keep in mind if you want to foster to adopt:

You will have seven days after you receive the dog during which we hold back applications from the general public. This gives you time to decide if you want to adopt the dog yourself. After the first seven days, however, any other applicant would be allowed to proceed with adoption. Please remember that once an applicant from the general public has been told the dog is available, we cannot allow you to adopt over that applicant. 

If you end up deciding it is not a good fit, as a foster, you are expected to keep the dog until the dog finds a permanent home. For a young puppy, this often only takes about a week or two. For adult dogs, it typically takes 2-4 weeks but is also dependent on the schedule to have your foster altered.  

If you decide you would like to foster-to-adopt, please submit a completed adoption application found on this website. Happily, the vast majority of our foster-to-adopt situations result in the family adopting the dog.

For a more comprehensive view on our Foster Program, please download our Foster Brochure.

Please fill out a Foster Application, if you would like to become part of our rescue family and foster on an ongoing basis