Interested in becoming a foster but want to know more?

Fostering is something that you can do to save lives! A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide the home and TLC that our dogs need.

The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of living at a shelter or kennel. For some dogs and cats, they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.

Being a foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to decompress.

Fosters offer safety and love and serve as strong advocates for the animals in their care. As a foster, you will get to know the specific needs of the animal and help make a great match with a forever family!

There are many different pets that come to Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary who benefit greatly from a foster home. We primarily have dogs, but will occasionally have cats as well that need fostering.

Pregnant dogs: When a cat or dog arrives at Lost Cove pregnant, they require special love and care in a home environment until they give birth to their babies and care for them until weaning.

Young puppies: Some pets arrive too young to be housed with other animals due to their undeveloped immune systems. Some of these pets require bottle feeding while others will be weaned. These puppies will require constant care until they are old enough to be adopted.

New dogs: Sometimes, we don’t have enough homes for more animals but there are more lives to be saved! Fostering a new animal allows us time to find a permanent home while the animal’s foster parent learns all about them (likes, dislikes, habits, etc.) so that when they return, we can tell adopters all about them and place them in the most appropriate home.

Pets with special needs: Some pets need special rehabilitation in a foster home and some simply find the kennel too stressful! These pets will benefit from a loving and caring foster parent until they are able to find their forever home.

Yes! LCAS operates as a team and there are experienced volunteers ready to provide advice and assistance. We can guide you through the process, ensuring you have the support needed when you welcome a new animal into your home. You’ve always got an army of volunteers to help you along the way.

We work hard to make sure everyone is comfortable with a foster placement and the animal is a good match for your home environment. Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary requires that your resident animals be up to date on their vaccinations and spayed/neutered.

Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary has a network of volunteers as well as boarding options that provide backup care during time away. Communication is key, so we ask that fosters plan ahead to let us know when they’ll be out of town. Respite or boarding care is provided at no cost to fosters.

Ideally, we would love for fosters to commit til the dog is adopted; however, we are happy to work with your schedule. Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary understands that you may need a short break between fosters, and that is OK. If you aren’t sure you want to be a full-time foster, consider respite fostering for short-term needs.

The foster parent is responsible for providing shelter, water, socialization and love to the foster pet(s). Lost Cove provides food, toys , veterinary expenses and any necessary accessories such as a crate, leashes, collars, etc.

When needed, the foster is responsible for administering medication, ensuring a special diet is followed, and/or continuing necessary training.

You will be key to obtaining behavioral and psychological information on the foster pet.  This information will help us find the best possible family for that pet.

The foster is responsible for providing transportation to appointments, as required.

It is definitely a bittersweet moment when your foster animal finds its forever home. Knowing that you will open your home to a new foster animal in need helps make those goodbyes a little easier. Rest assured, there is always another animal waiting in the wings!

Fosters will always have the first option to adopt a dog that they are fostering.

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Our Foster Application is the same as our Adoption Application.