How to Foster

Foster families are critical to our rescue efforts as we do not have a shelter facility. We are always in need of foster homes in order to save dogs from shelters. If you would like to help save a life, please consider fostering! Fostering can be a very rewarding and satisfying experience. You can foster as frequently or infrequently as you would like. Even fostering just one dog, one time, is extremely helpful in our rescue efforts.

General Information

To become a foster family for Hound Rescue, we evaluate you as if you were looking to adopt. We want to make sure that you understand the breed and know the commitment that fostering a rescue will involve. We also want to make sure that we place only compatible dogs with your family.

Our Responsibilities

Hound Rescue will work with you to find a suitable foster dog to place in your family. Hound Rescue will pay for any required medical care for the hound, which usually includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, and sometimes heartworm treatment. We will provide all necessary veterinary care for hounds in our foster network for any medical conditions that arise.

Should an issue arise with a foster dog that a foster home cannot handle, Hound Rescue will make every effort to transfer the dog to a different foster home as quickly as possible.

Your Responsibilities

We ask that our foster homes treat their foster dogs as if they were their own. Our foster families are expected to provide the foster with food, love, and attention. They need to be part of the family. Foster families are expected to supply the fosters with food and any other supplies (toys, crates) as they would their own dog. Hound Rescue will not reimburse for these expenses (although we can usually loan a crate if needed).

Fosters are asked to participate in the quarterly events that are specifically designed for adoption opportunities. Showcasing the foster hound at certain events provides direct visibility with potential adopters. Your participation is vital to the adoption process.

Fostering will often involve housetraining and/or crate training as well as introducing some basic obedience concepts. We expect that dogs will be indoors when you are not home and at night. Additionally, you may be asked to take the foster dog to scheduled veterinary appointments and to make the dog available for a meet and greet when we have found a suitable home.

Should an issue arise with a foster dog that a foster home cannot handle, you are expected to contact Hound Rescue as quickly as possible so that we can work to make other arrangements. However, we view taking a foster dog as a commitment similar to adopting a dog - we know fostering is not always easy, and we expect our foster homes to make every effort to work with a foster dog to help it overcome any issues it may have.

Ready to Foster?

Still interested?! We hope so! Please complete the application form below to become a foster family.


We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have, but please be patient! Due to the amount of mail received on a daily basis it may take us a few days to respond to your inquiry.

Online foster form.