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Fostering with Hound Haven is easy! Just fill out the form below and we will contact you so we can find a dog that will fit into your home with ease.

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Fostering a Homeless Hound

Hound Haven is a foster-based rescue group, so we rely on great foster homes to do what we do, save dogs! We respect each and every foster and are understanding to the individual needs and limits of each.Hound

We know that bringing a dog into your home is a big commitment, even if it is temporary. There is always an adjustment period that requires time, attention and patience to help your foster dog ease into their new foster home.

We cover all vetting costs, and any other supplies needed for you to care for your foster dog (bowls, crate, etc.). All you pay for is food and water!

We we will schedule any needed vet appointments to work with your schedule (an initial vet appointment will be required, along with a surgery appointment for spay/neuter, and any follow up appointments necessary).

We hold adoption events every Sunday from 11:30-5:30pm at the Highland Village PETCO.  Your foster dog is only required to attend two adoption events per month, but the more they attend, the greater their chances of getting adopted!

Already a foster for us? Fill out your Foster Dog Analysis here.

Seasoned Fosters

If you have fostered for other rescues before, then this is a walk in the park for you! We would welcome the chance to work with you, and hope you will fill out our foster home application so we can start looking for a dog that would fit into your home with ease. The more fosters we have, the more hounds we can rescue!

We will send you a foster contract to be signed and returned, and a home visit will be conducted. At which time you can discuss any questions or concerns you might have about fostering. Puppy

Once we have found a dog you're interested in fostering, either you, or a Hound Haven volunteer can pickup the dog from the shelter. An initial vet appointment will be made and, if not already done, we will make an appointment for the dog to be fixed. If you cannot drop off/pick up the dog due to work constraints, we will make arrangements for a volunteer to pickup and return the dog after the surgery.

Once they are all healed up and ready for adoption you will take them to our adoption events and we will post them on our site, Petfinder and Adoptapet.com. The dog will need to be available to make home visits to potential adopters (transported by Hound Haven or foster) as needed.

First Time Fosters

Fostering is a great option for anyone who has the time, patience, and passion for a homeless hound! It's a great way to get involved, and to really help first hand with our rescuing efforts!

Depending on the length of time it takes to find your foster dog a home (you can specify in the application the length of time you're able to foster), fostering can be quite a commitment. You are bringing a dog into your home and will need to train them just as if they are your own so they can fit into your home with ease.

It's important not to take the approach, "Well they're just here for a little while, so no need to worry about potty training just yet..." Obviously you will need to allow for some acclimation time since they will be coming directly from the shelter, but starting training right away with positive reinforcement is very important. This will help to prepare them for their forever home and prevent them being returned for "behavioral issues". Some dogs have been stray for large portions of their lives and need help adjusting to home life.

If fostering sounds like something you would be interested in, we would welcome the chance to work with you, and hope you will fill out our foster home application so we can start looking for a dog that would fit into your home with ease. The more fosters we have, the more hounds we can rescue!hand and paw

We will send you a foster contract to be signed and returned, and a home visit will be conducted. At which time you can discuss any questions or concerns you might have about fostering.

Once we have found a dog you're interested in fostering, either you, or a Hound Haven volunteer can pickup the dog from the shelter. An initial vet appointment will be made and, if not already done, we will make an appointment for the dog to be fixed. If you cannot drop off/pick up the dog due to work constraints, we will make arrangements for a volunteer to pickup and return the dog after the surgery.

Once they are all healed up and ready for adoption you will take them to our adoption events and we will post them on our site, Petfinder and Adoptapet.com. The dog will need to be available to make home visits to potential adopters (transported by Hound Haven or foster) as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fostering

Q: I have other animals, can they get sick from a dog that comes directly from the shelter?

A: If you're animals are all up-to-date on vaccinations then it is unlikely they will pickup anything from your new foster dog. However, in situations where the dog already has a URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) they may need to be kept separate from your existing dogs for 7-10 days. Even if your dog has had the Kennel Cough (Bordatella) vaccination, there are many strains of these dog "colds" and your dogs could be susceptible.

Q: I don't currently have my dogs on flea and tick prevention. Should I start that if I'm considering fostering?

A: It's not required, but it is a good idea to prevent any stray fleas from making a new home on your own dogs. Some shelters administer flea treatments and we supply all of our fosters with flea and tick treatments for their foster dogs (your dog's treatments will be your own responsibility), but before they all die there could be one that gets loose. So you definitely want to consider that when preparing your home for a foster dog.

Q: I don't have a crate, will Hound Haven provide me with one?

A: Hound Haven will happily loan you a wire metal crate for you to use for the length of your fostering term. Once your dog has been adopted, if you don't choose to foster again immediately, we ask that you return the crate in a timely manner so that we can get it to another foster to put into use!

Q: How should I go about introducing my new foster dog to my dog(s)?

A: We suggest you first let your dogs meet your new foster on neutral ground (i.e. outside of your home, in the street on a walk, in a park). Have another person help you hold the foster dog on a leash and walk them by your dog(s) on leashes. Once they have sniffed each other out and feel comfortable we suggest you take them into your backyard or in front of your home/apartment. Once they are getting along well you can move into the house. If there is a lot of excited energy, it may be a good idea to section the foster dog off in a room with a baby gate or put them in a crate in another room, so that they can get to know each other at a distance to begin with. This will also give the foster dog some quiet space to rest in, which they will most likely need since the shelter isn't the best place for napping! Just remember that your new foster dog has been through a lot and it will take time and understanding for them to adjust.

Q: What if I decide to adopt my foster dog?

A: In the rescue industry we call this "foster failure". By no means is it a failure in our eyes though! You have built a bond with your foster dog and they have grown to trust you, so ideally for them to stay in your home it is a win win. If you can continue to foster and help save more lives, that is great! But if adopting your foster means you've met your quota on dogs, that's okay too. We just want every dog to find their perfect forever home, and maybe it is yours! If you do decide to adopt your foster dog we ask that you notify us as soon as you have made your decision. Our efforts are precious, so if your dog already has a home we can focus our efforts on finding the other dogs a home! You will have to go through the full adoption process like every other adopter as well as pay the adoption fee to finalize the adoption.

Q: I'm afraid to foster because I know I'll get attached and it will be too hard to say goodbye...should I still foster?

A: When your foster dog finds their forever home it can be a mixture of emotions. Sad to see them go, happy they found their forever home, and missing them after they're gone. If you're passionate enough about rescuing dogs to open your home to fostering, then letting them go will be hard. BUT, the more you foster, the better you will get at letting them go. You just have to reassure yourself that you helped them find that perfect home. And since you're fostering with Hound Haven, you can rest assured that your new dog's home has been checked by one of our representatives and follow ups are done frequently!