Foster FAQs

Thank you for considering fostering for New Hope Dog Rescue, you will be providing a safe and loving home. You have the opportunity to directly impact the dog’s life, who needs a second chance. You get to save a life!

Questions About Fostering?

New Hope Dog Rescue does not have a shelter or physical location. All the dogs are placed in loving foster homes until they find a home of their own. Aside from providing a safe, loving and comfortable temporary home until an adoptive home can be found, foster homes live with the dog and therefore know the dog’s personality. This knowledge is vital in determining the most suitable placement for rescued dogs, thereby ensure a successful adoption.

Fostering is very rewarding. You have the opportunity to directly impact the life a dog who needs a second chance. You get to see the changes, experience the growth and best of all, you get to save a life!

New Hope provides food, crate, bedding, toys, and covers all medical expenses (vaccination, spaying/neutering) and if more extensive care is needed, we cover that too!

We ask that foster homes provide love, a safe environment, rules and boundaries, and some basic training (and housetraining if needed). We also ask that you transport the dog to their vet appointments.

We are pretty flexible; if you need to go away we can provide a temporary foster home or a kennel stay at our expense. We ask for as much notice as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Some foster homes take their dogs with them, but it’s up to you!

The average stay is about 45 days. Sometimes, dogs are adopted within a week or two of being in foster care, and other times, it can take several months to find the best home. It’s not usually possible to predict exactly how long a dog will be in foster care, but lots of great photos and an accurate description of the dog go a long way to finding them a good home.

Sometimes we have some very special dogs who need care for extended periods while they nurse puppies or recover from an injury that required surgery. Sometimes we have dogs that need a little extra training or help because they are really shy. We supply the resources to help these dogs, it’s up to you if you want to help with these more complicated cases.

How many do you feel you can take? Most people only foster one or two adults at a time. We prefer to keep young pups in groups of 2 or 3 until they are 12 weeks of age. Sometimes we have litters that need to stay together and that can be from just a few to 10 or more!

In most cases dogs on the website are already in foster homes. We will not move a dog to another foster home unless the dog is in a temporary situation.

Our foster home coordinator sends out a list of dogs available for fostering with as much information as possible and often photos. We also ask you what kinds of dog you would prefer to foster (size, age, and training) and will contact you when we have a match. Usually it doesn’t take too long!

Unless we’re in the middle of approving the adoption of your foster dog, you can adopt! One of the hardest parts of being a foster home is saying goodbye but it can be a good feeling as well. As the foster family, you have the final say in which family adopts your foster dog.

Anyone wishing to adopt a dog fills out the adoption application form and it is sent to our volunteer adoption coordinator. If the adoption coordinator thinks it’s a good match for the dog, the application is sent to the foster home for their input. The foster home will talk and meet with potential adopter. A home visit is done to confirm information on the application. After everyone’s happy with the new home, the applicant pays the adoption fee (and spay/neuter deposit, if applicable) and takes the dog home

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