Why Foster A Dog and What Does It Entail?

When you foster, you agree to take a homeless pet into your home and give him or her love, care, and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the dog is adopted. The timeline can be from a week or several months or until adopted.

Why does Ruff House Rescue need foster homes?

  • A puppy or litter of puppies or kittens is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he/she/they are old enough to go to a forever home.
  • A dog is recovering from surgery, illness, or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
  • A dog is showing signs of stress and needs a calm environment to come into his or her own personality.
  • A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
  • There is only so much space to house the hundreds of dogs and cats we rescue each year so fosters enable us to continue pulling animals from kill shelters, abusive situations, or off the streets needing a safe place to stay.

Why should I foster a dog?

Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have!

By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you are:

  • Freeing up space at our facility and or a shelter cage so we can rescue another dog that is out of time at the shelter and in danger of being euthanized for space at the shelter. This happens every day in shelters here in NY and across the country. Fostering gives each rescued pet a lifeline until a permanent home is found.
  • Fostering helps us at RHR learn more about the pet and how best to place him or her. For example, “better placed without small children” or “adults only”, “placed with other pets such as other dogs or cats”. We also learn much more about the pet’s energy level and specific needs.
  • Socializing the pet to a home environment and possibly getting him/her used to being around other pets and different types of people, leash training, house and/or crate-training.
  • Fostering a cat or dog is a very good way of deciding if you are ready to take on the lifetime commitment and responsibilities of being a permanent pet parent.
  • Fostering is tax deductible
  • Fostering saves lives.

How Fostering Works with Ruff House Rescue

  • Your foster pet is posted regularly on our Ruff House Rescue NY Facebook and Instagram page and Ruff House Fosters are expected to post and promote their foster pet on Ruff House Rescue’s designated social media forums whenever possible: Facebook, IG, Twitter, more. Fosters are required to bring their foster pet to adoption events when possible to promote adoption.
  • Fosters are required to follow the rules of fostering as outlined on our foster checklist and foster contract
  • Regular check-ins with your foster pets should be emailed to Requests for any food or supplies are supported by our foster team and Facebook Foster Page Ruff House Rescue NY Foster Page on Facebook
  • Food, crates, playpens, supplies, and vetting appointments are provided by Ruff House Rescue.

Think you’re ready to foster? Okay……

  • Discuss with family members the idea of fostering a pet in need and have everyone in agreement within the household and landlord approval if you rent.
  • Consider if you are fostering a pet with intention of adoption.
  • When submitting your application please state if you are fostering with the intent to adopt the pet.
  • All pets in foster remain posted for adoption until they have been placed in a permanent home.
  • Please do not apply to foster if you can only foster a non-shedding dog unless there is a non-shedding dog listed as available to foster.
  • Please make known any questions or concerns you have prior to taking home your foster pet such as medical issues, allergies, vacations planned, other pets in the household etc.



  • I don’t know if I am to far. I live in Maryland. Do you need fostering I any areas besides New York?

  • Would be interested in fostering puppies or kittens. I have an 8 year old cat and we had a dog for 12 years so our cat is good with dogs.

  • My son and his family live in your town; I live in Howard Beach, and am in Rockville Centre on Thursdays. I would like to visit your facility. I can foster a dog for a short term. I had two terrier/mix females, mother and daughter, each for over 17 years and cared for my late parents, lab/shep mix for a year, giving her obedience training when she was 12 yrs. old.
    I have a fenced in yard and a property in Litchfield Co. CT where I visit for a few days/mo.

    I would prefer a female, between 30 to 50 lbs. at maturity. I am familiar with several dog training techniques and am able to house-train a puppy I am 82 and widowed. I live alone. I am an ambassador for DOGS FOR THE DEAF in Central Point, OR. I interviewed a woman for a placement of a hearing dog in 2014. I have been a supporter for over 25 years.

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