Consider Fostering

Thank You for Considering the Lifesaving Act of Becoming a Foster

Our volunteer fosters are truly the FRONT LINE for these animals and a critical step in saving more lives! A foster home is a temporary living situation for animals while they are awaiting placement into a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, care, love, and guidance. Dogwood pays for all expenses related to their care. For some of these animals, this will be their first experience being treated as a family member. Our foster volunteers are golden and play important role in our rescue model and saving lives!

Dogwood invests a lot of time and resources onboarding our foster volunteers, therefore we are only interested in people that see fostering long term and partnering with us to save many animals.

Thank you for considering joining the Dogwood team!

Volunteer Leslie Smith Velasco and her foster Elvis-Pawsarotti's Pet Store Sidewalk Sale, Santa Rosa- July 2023

Why Foster?

We do not have an animal shelter. The only way that we can save animals is with the help of volunteer foster homes. Being a foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without making a lifetime commitment. Foster Care is critical to our rescue efforts. Becoming a foster family is a very rewarding experience, and can be a lot of fun. There are often tears shed when a foster finally finds a home of their own, but knowing you have saved a life and opened up space to save another is truly rewarding.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?

Fosters will keep animals an average of 2-8 weeks. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior challenges. Your time commitment will be discussed up-front before you agree to foster the pet, but most foster families keep the animal until the animal gets adopted.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment for the animal.
  • Provide food, water, exercise and socialization as appropriate.
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems and provide any medications as directed.
  • Assist with transport to/from veterinary appointments.
  • Participate in the adoption process for the animal in your care.

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