Have you wanted to know what having a Greyhound is like but can’t make the long-term commitment? Then fostering might be for you! This is your chance to give a very special dog a temporary home until his or her forever home can be found. For more information about fostering, please contact our Foster Coordinator. If you would like to apply, please fill out the Foster Application Form and we’ll get in touch with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long will I have a foster dog in my home?
- What if I already have pets of my own?
- Do I need to keep my pets separated from my foster animals?
- Can I choose which dog I want to foster?
- How many animals can I foster at one time?
- What if I need to go out of town, or have an event that interferes with my ability to foster?
- What if I work?
- What kind of costs will I incur?
- How do my foster dogs get adopted?
How long will I have a foster dog in my home?
The average amount of time is 2 months but depends on the dog’s needs from a home and the foster home’s ability to get them out to meet the public.
What if I already have pets of my own?
Most of our foster parents do already have pets of their own. We will help you evaluate your ability to care for foster animals in conjunction with your own pets.
Do I need to keep my pets separated from my foster animals?
There are pros and cons to this question, so we recommend that you provide an area in your home that can be completely separate, and easily cleaned. Each situation is unique, so we will evaluate this based upon the home structure, and the individual foster animals. Ultimately, it comes down to the best interest of all of the animals involved.
Can I choose which dog I want to foster?
Absolutely! Our goal is to compatibly match you with a dog that you feel comfortable with and enjoy. Ultimately, it does not benefit you or the dog if you feel overwhelmed. We will sometimes ask you to take a specific dog based on your specific home environment. You are always welcome to say no or ask for a different dog.
How many animals can I foster at one time?
This is usually determined by the coordinator, based on the animal’s best interests, your experience and housing structure, and local Animal Control limitation laws.
What if I need to go out of town, or have an event that interferes with my ability to foster?
Life happens to all of us, just let the coordinator know. We often will transfer dogs among different homes to help each other, and the pups!
What if I work?
Many of the animals that need fostering can easily be accommodated on a normal schedule, and is a factor we consider when looking at compatibility. Ultimately, most animals once adopted, will reside with people that have working schedules, and by becoming accustomed to these routines in a foster home, can make that animal much more adoptable.
What kind of costs will I incur?
The financial cost to foster a dog through our program is minimal, usually your own transportation costs. We provide all of the supplies (although sometimes you may have to ask us for them), and all medical care is provided through our Vet Clinic. Personal expenses are tax deductible.
How do my foster dogs get adopted?
We use the adoption application and home visit to help identify dogs that would be the best match for the family. If your dog fits a family, you will be contacted and may be asked to participate in introducing your dog to the family.