Fostering a dog
What if you can't provide a permanent home for a dog? You can still help out by offering a much-needed temporary foster home to a dog.
Who do I talk to if I want to foster a dog?
Call the Supervisor of Canine Services at 604-871-6885.
Why should you foster a dog?
Providing a foster home to a dog helps:
- You, by providing you with all of the joys of having a dog at home
- A dog that could really use a loving home, while it waits to find a permanent home
- Your family learn about compassion, nurturing, generosity and responsibility
- The Shelter, because we only have a limited amount of space, staff and resources to care for animals
- The Shelter maintain its pro-adoption policy
What kinds of dogs need fostering?
The dogs in greatest need of foster care are:
- Older dogs
- Dogs with health problems
- Mother dogs with puppies not old enough to be weaned
- Dogs with behavioral problems
- Dogs who are not used to living indoors
- Dogs who have been at the Shelter for more than three months
What does it take to foster a dog?
To be an effective foster parent to a dog, you need love, lots of patience, and time to spend working with a dog. It also helps if you have:
- A safely fenced yard
- A safe uncarpeted room or crate for housetraining (if needed)
- At least one person home a lot of the time (or able to visit at lunch)
- Some knowledge of dog behaviour or training
When your foster dog finds a permanent home, it can be tough to say goodbye. Feel proud of the love and care you've shown your foster dog, and know that another family is happy to have a great dog joining them.