Foster

In June 2017, we took in a dog named Ginger.  After her family died, she was taken in by a person with good intentions who wasn't able to help Ginger integrate into her home environment with other dogs. Ginger was surrendered here and went into a kennel to await her adoption day.

We have amazing volunteers and staff who spend a lot of time caring for our dogs. Ginger went on lots of walks, she practiced her basic obedience skills, and she learned to trust new human friends. We eventually learned that Ginger actually likes to play with some other dogs, so she became buddies with Toast.

Ginger kept waiting for an adopter, but no one ever came. And after a while, she got depressed in her kennel. That's when her hero came.

Foster mom Kelly agreed to take Ginger home. It took a few weeks for Ginger to settle in -- to feel safe and secure and comfortable -- and then Kelly started to send in the most incredible updates. Ginger was transforming in a home environment. Here, she'd lay on her Kuranda bed most of the day, resist touch, and bark at strangers. At home, she's well-mannered, playful, affectionate, and even cuddly. She adores Kelly, she's healthier than she's ever been (thanks to her jogs in the park), and she's handling her meet-and-greets so much better. All because of a change in her environment.

Kelly became Ginger's hero the moment she took her home. Will you become someone's hero today? Will you foster a dog like Ginger?

Foster Guidelines

Foster families need to provide:

- A healthy and safe environment for their foster dogs

- Transportation to and from the shelter and all vet appointments as needed

- A place in your home to keep the foster dog separate from other animals in the home

- Socialization and cuddle time to help teach dogs positive family and pet relationships

- Lots of exercise and positive stimulation to help them develop into great dogs

- Documentation that your resident dogs are spayed/neutered and currently vaccinated against DA2PP, Bordetella, and Rabies

Does fostering cost me anything?

MCR provides all supplies and covers vet expenses. Fostering just costs you a bit of time, a little effort, and a lot of love.

Can I foster if I have dogs/cats/kids?

Yes, you sure can. We will help you to select a foster dog who would do well in your home, and we'll provide training and support for slow introductions and safe handling.

Do you have a foster-to-adopt program?

No, not at this time. While foster fails are always an option, of course, right now we're really looking to grow our base of regular foster parents. We are looking for temporary homes for dogs in need.

Can I foster if I don't have a fenced yard?

Yes. You'll just need to make sure the dog gets enough exercise and plenty of potty breaks.

Can I foster if I work full-time?

Yes, but you'll need to take home a dog who is OK with being left home while you're at work. Don't worry -- we'll help you determine which dog can go home with you.

Do I get to choose which dog to take home?

Yes, with our help. We send out foster requests via email detailing everything we know about the dogs in need. We'll help you decide who might be a good fit.

Foster Application

Ready to start? Click HERE to access our online foster application.

Once you're approved to join our team as a foster parent, you will receive a Foster Care Manual that provides additional information about caring for your foster dog. We'll review that document with you during a brief, in-person training session where we can chat more about our foster program and answer any questions you may have before you take home your first dog. 

More questions? Feel free to direct your inquiries to foster@meridianrescue.org.