Thank you for your interest in our Foster Program! We rely on the help of dedicated volunteers to assist with specialized care for pregnant dogs and/or puppies, bottle baby puppies, and dogs with special medical or behavior changes. These animals need extra love, attention, and socialization which a shelter cannot offer, but your loving, temporary home can! While our animals are in your care, we provide all of the medical supplies and food that is needed.
An approved foster application is required. Please review the types of animals you can foster before submitting your Foster Application.
Become a Foster Parent
Types of Fosters:
Please review this information before filling out your application so you can make an informed decision about what types of animals you feel comfortable handling.
- Orphaned neonatal / transitioning puppies (0-3 weeks): These are the most intensive yet rewarding types of puppies to foster. They need to be bottle fed every 2-3 hours (but can go up to 5 hours overnight). The foster acts as a surrogate mom and must clean, feed, and help stimulate puppies to go to the bathroom just like their mother would. These puppies are completely helpless and need fosters who help them thrive and grow. This is perfect for part-time workers, people that work from home, and stay-at-home parents.
- Orphaned socialization puppies (4-10 weeks): These puppies do not have a mom and therefore need a foster to take care of them. Their baby teeth start emerging and they can begin transitioning to wet food. During this stage, puppies begin to walk, bark and wag their tails. By the end of this period, puppies no longer need to stimulated to go to the bathroom. They can be left alone 4-6 hours at a time (up to 8 hours overnight). They sometimes need supplements of bottle feeding while they learn to eat wet food. These puppies are great for people who work part-time, who work full-time but can come home to check on them during lunch break, home school teenagers, and retirees.
- Puppies (11+ weeks): Weaned puppies are able to eat on their own and can be left alone all day with food and water available. They usually love to play and have lots of energy. They typically need foster care for 3 weeks to get big enough for spay or neuter. This is perfect for full-time workers due to the flexibility in feeding.
- Momma dogs with her puppies: This is a very rewarding foster experience watching the love between momma and her babies. They need a quiet, safe place to care for and raise their puppies. Typically, they need 6-8 weeks of fostering until puppies are big enough for spay or neuter. They can be left alone all day with food provided for mom. This is a perfect low-maintenance experience for the first time foster.
- Adult Dogs: These animals have special medical or behavioral needs that we cannot accommodate in a shelter environment. You will work with staff to find the best match for your home.
- You must be at least 18 years old to foster an animal with Faithful Friends.
- All pets in a volunteer’s home must be fixed and have current vaccinations to avoid transferring illness. You will be asked to provide proof prior to taking a foster pet home with you.
- All volunteers are subject to a Criminal History check.
- Our focus is building a long-term relationship with our volunteers. Our priority for acceptance will into our Foster Program will be volunteers who are willing to make a commitment to their foster. Foster care commitment can range from days, weeks to months, sometimes even for the life of the animal (in the case of a very senior animal needing hospice care).
Can’t bring animals into your home but still want to help? We provide our fosters with all of the needed supplies and rely on generous donations to make that happen! Consider donating one of the items below:
- Heating pads
- Puppy milk replacer
- Miracle nipple and 10ml syringes (that fit the miracle nipple)
- Evangers wet food
- Nylabone puppy edible chews
- Puppy feeding bowl
- Puppy pee pads
- Warm, snuggly blankets
- Puppy appropriate play toys
- Stuffed animals (no glass/plastic eyes & noses)
- Baby travel neck protector
If you have questions about fostering, please contact our Foster Coordinator.
Nicole Cunningham | firstname.lastname@example.org | (302) 427-8514 extension 119