Foster FAQs

I really want to adopt – will signing up to foster allow me to “try before I buy?”


While it does sometimes happen that a foster home adopts the dog in their care, we really prefer that the foster application is used only when people want to help us by fostering on an ongoing basis. If adoption is your main aim, please complete an adoption application.

I represent a veterinarian and I’ve been asked to offer discounted care to an IDOG Rescue foster dog. How do I verify the dog is in your foster program?


IDOG Rescue will always officially identify volunteers acting on our behalf, and will provide all necessary documentation of our IRS designation as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Please contact [email protected] to verify.

How will my foster dog get adopted? What do I need to do?


As a foster parent, you will work with our rescue team who will pre-screen applicants. We work together to find the right match for your foster dog. Your opinion is valuable in that search, but you are not responsible for the decision. Dogs are listed on our website, our Facebook page and on Petfinder. Interested people must complete an application to be considered. Your safety and privacy are of utmost importance.

What if I want to cover the costs of my foster dog as a gift to IDOG Rescue?


Your contribution is valued and appreciated!  Funds saved on one dog can be used on another dog in need.  We will provide you with a reimbursement form to submit your in-kind donations and then provide you with a tax receipt.

What costs am I expected to cover as a foster volunteer?


IDOG Rescue covers the dog’s veterinary care and certain other expenses per the foster guidelines. In most cases, IDOG can pay the veterinarian directly over the phone.  Foster volunteers must work with the rescue manager to approve expenses before they are incurred.

Can my own dogs catch anything from a foster dog?


If your dogs are healthy and up to date on all their vaccinations, there is little danger of them catching anything serious from your foster.  We do require that you keep the foster dog crated and separated from your dogs until the foster dog has had a veterinary exam. The most likely issues would be kennel cough and intestinal worms. 

What condition should I expect my foster dog to arrive in?


Your foster dog may be thin, matted, scared and dirty.  The foster home needs to be willing to take the foster dog as it is and give it the care it needs at the dog’s pace.

As a foster volunteer how will I be trained and supported?


You will be trained by our rescue team, given a detailed foster guidelines manual and assigned a “lifeline”- a member of the rescue team who is available to take your call and answer your questions

How long will I have a foster dog?


In most cases a dog will be in foster care for two to four weeks. You will typically keep the foster dog until it is adopted. If the dog is heartworm positive, you may keep the dog through heartworm treatment.

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