What You Need to Know About Fostering a Dog

When it comes to dog fostering, there are a lot of misconceptions. For instance, people tend to think we’re over there cuddling fluffy puppies and kittens all day long. While that part is pretty great, the process can be difficult. Here are five things you should know about fostering dogs.

If you foster a dog, you’ll get all of the fun without having the commitment.

If you’ve ever thought about getting a dog, but have been hesitant to make the commitment, fostering is a great way to enjoy all the fun of having a furry friend without having to take on all of the responsibilities. By fostering a dog, you can help him find his forever home and enjoy some quality time with him until then.

Fostering is also an excellent way for people who are interested in adopting dogs but aren’t quite ready for full-on puppy or kitten ownership yet. If you want to see how well certain breeds will fit into your life before committing yourself, this is an ideal opportunity!

It’s temporary.

If you love dogs, and it seems like a good idea to foster, then that is what you should do. But remember that it won’t last forever. The dog will leave your home and go to another place where they are going to need your help again. And when that happens, you will be sad because:

  • You’re going to miss the dog;
  • You’re going to miss the foster experience; and/or
  • The dog is going somewhere better than where they came from!

You can choose your dog.

There are lots of ways to help dogs in need. You can volunteer at a shelter and walk or play with the dogs there, or you could foster a dog from an animal welfare organization. Fostering means taking care of an animal while they wait for their forever home, so they won’t be put down until they find someone who wants to adopt them. If you want to do this, there are lots of things you should consider first—including what kind of dog you want to foster!

If you’re willing to be patient and persistent, you can help your foster dog learn basic commands like “sit” and “stay.” You can also teach them what is and isn’t allowed in your home. This includes teaching them not to chew on furniture or other items, how to walk on a leash without pulling too hard, where the litter box is located if they need one, which rooms are off-limits (like closets), etc.

In addition to helping your foster dog learn basic behaviors that will make him/her more comfortable in your home, you can also teach them some tricks—this makes for great bonding time! Some dogs enjoy learning new things; others may be less interested in this type of activity. If this turns out not being something that interests them much, don’t worry about it! Just find another fun activity that does interest them!

You won’t be alone.

Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Not only will you help save a life and make a difference, but you’ll also connect with other people who have fostered before, and they’ll share their experiences with you. As your foster career progresses and you feel more confident in what to expect during each stage, there are many resources available to help guide your way. You’ll be able to talk to mentors on your phone 24 hours per day if necessary!

He will leave your home and you will be sad, but he might go to his forever home.

You will get to see him grow up, go on adventures, and finally find his forever home. This is what you’re here for! If he has a home at all it will be with someone who loves him. Even if you are sad about the little guy leaving your house, getting him ready for adoption is an important part of being a foster parent.


Fostering a dog can be an amazing experience. You’ll get to love a dog without all the commitment. You might even find your forever friend!