Fosters truly are the FRONT LINE for these dogs & a critical step in saving more lives! A foster home is a temporary living situation for dogs while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care, love, and guidance while Church of Pug covers all financial expenses for the medical care of the dog. The number of dogs we can save depends entirely on the number of people who will open their homes and hearts to foster them. For some of these dogs, this will be their first experience being treated as a family pet. You are their salvation and you should never underestimate the important role you are playing in their lives!
Worried you won't be able to give your foster pup away? Don't be! We absolutely love it when our foster families decide to adopt their foster pup. There's a special club out there of foster families that have adopted their foster!
How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?
Fosters will keep dogs an average of 2-4 weeks. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or just time to decompress but most of the time we can have the pup medically cleared within 2-3 weeks, if just the basic care (exam, vaccines, microchip spay/neuter, dental) is required.
The more pictures, detailed notes and status updates the organization receives, the more likely we are to find the forever home sooner.
What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?
Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment for the dog.
Provide food, water, exercise and socialization as appropriate.
Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems and provide any medications as directed.
Assist with transport to/from adoption events, vet appointments and meet & greets.
Participate in selecting your foster's forever home!
What Does Fostering Mean and How Will It Impact Me?
What exactly does fostering mean? It means bringing a homeless dog into your home, caring for them, providing them with affection and socialization, until a permanent family comes along who will love them forever.
The benefits of fostering are numerous, and not only a wonderful thing for the dog and shelter or rescue, but can be beneficial to the one doing the fostering in so many ways!
FOSTERING SAVES LIVES!
We couldn't do any of this without our foster homes! We're 100% foster based, which means we have no shelter.
YOU HAVE A HAND IN HELPING MAKE A DOG MORE "ADOPTABLE"!
While many dogs that came through rescue do absolutely great, there are definitely some that struggle. Some might come from a home where they've never seen another person, never been in a car or to a veterinarian. Some might have been abused or neglected. These special pups rely on the foster family to help them through a very stressful transition and teach them how great life can be!
YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE A DOG'S FUTURE!
As a foster, you have the chance and opportunity to gain a dogs trust, show them human touch and love perhaps for the first time, provide an environment for them to feel safe, and watch them transform before your eyes.
FOSTERING CAN BE GREAT FOR YOUR FAMILY!
If you have existing pets, introducing a dog can be a great experience for them as an additional companion, additional socialization, and an additional playmate! Children can benefit from fostering as a way to introduce responsibility, selflessness, a way to educate about animals, and is also a great way to "test" the idea of adding a permanent dog into the home in the future.
YOU BECOME PART OF A WONDERFUL "COMMUNITY"!
Fellow fosters and rescue admins will help guide you through the experience, give ideas, answer any questions, and may even become your friends! There is nothing quite like sharing experiences with those who do the same and being part of a community of people who have like passions.
YOU WILL MAKE SOMEONE'S FAMILY COMPLETE!
When the day comes, that it's time for your foster to find that perfect home, the rewarding feeling you will experience is something very special. You will feel a sense of pride, in knowing what you helped that dog accomplish in his time with you. You will feel overjoyed, that he has found his forever family and his happy ending that all homeless dogs so desire. And while certainly, some goodbyes can be tough, knowing that a dog has found his happy ending and that another precious life awaits to be afforded your gifts, is as good of a feeling as there is!
YOU MIGHT DECIDED TO ADOPT YOUR FOSTER - AND WE LOVE THAT!
We love it when a foster dog becomes a forever dog. It's a great perk of fostering that you get the opportunity to adopt AND help change a dog's life for furever!
Change a Life, Save a Life, & Become a Foster Today!
DEAR FOSTER MOM:
There I sat, alone and afraid, You got a call and came right to my aid. You bundled me up with blankets and love, And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold, That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold. You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend, You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do, There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go, I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know." Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss, Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay, At first I thought you sent me away. Then that second lesson became perfectly clear, No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on, I have a new home, with toys and a lawn. But I'll never forget what I learned that first day, You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by, We may never meet again, and now I know why. You'll remember I lived with you for a time, I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.