Foster a Dog

Thank you for your interest in fostering an Animal Aid dog!

At Animal Aid, all dogs in our care are placed into foster homes until they are adopted. This is due to the size of our shelter and our commitment to providing the dogs in our care with the space and enrichment they need to put their best paw forward.

Please note: To facilitate the adoption process and veterinary care at our partner vet, we typically limit foster homes to a range of 20 miles from Animal Aid.

We have a need for two types of dog foster parents: longer-term fosters and on-hand fosters.

Longer-term fosters open their homes and their hearts to dogs until they are adopted. Animal Aid cannot guarantee how long a dog will be placed with a foster parent; it is dependent on the adoption applications submitted. Animal Aid tries its best to place a dog where we think it will thrive for the rest of its life.

On-hand fosters serve as back-ups when longer-term fosters are out of town, such as for vacation, business trips, or other temporary circumstances.

When applying to foster, please indicate which type of fostering you are interested in.

More information dog foster applicants should know

Animal Aid will process a foster application and then conduct a home visit. If an applicant is approved after the home visit, Animal Aid’s dog foster coordinator will begin searching for a dog to place with the foster parent. Animal Aid does not have dogs ready for placement immediately, as we secure a foster parent before a dog. We then match dogs to our available foster homes based on the needs and preferences of both the dog and the foster parent.

Based on Animal Aid’s dog intake process, which routinely rescues dogs from overcrowded shelters, dogs placed in our foster homes may be older, have medical or behavioral needs, and/or prefer to be without certain company (such as wanting to be a solo pet or live in a home without children). 

An Animal Aid foster parent is expected to do the following while a foster animal is placed with them:

  • Treat the animal as a furry family member with daily care and love until they are adopted.
  • Feed and possibly medicate the animal appropriately to their needs.
  • Take the animal to any necessary veterinary or other appointments.
  • Communicate openly and frequently with Animal Aid coordinators and staff.
  • Be available for meetings with potential adopters to show the foster dog.

In return, Animal Aid provides the following:

  • Support for the foster parent through open and frequent communication, including routine check-ins on how the animal is doing in their foster home.
  • Coverage for food and supply expenses and veterinary care for the animal at our partner vet. Other costs that may better an animal’s adoptability, such as training classes, are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Help arranging pet-sitting while a foster is away from home, such as placing the animal in the care of an on-hand foster.

Foster applicants should review and understand these points of the application and placement process before submitting a foster application. 

Questions? Please reach out to us at foster.dog@animalaidpdx.org for more information on our dog foster program.

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT A FOSTER APPLICATION