Foster Information

Why Foster? Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course)! LHK9 does not have a physical shelter, we rely 100% on foster homes. By temporarily taking an animal in need into your home you are:

1. Increasing that dog’s chance of being adopted. By fostering a dog, you are the link between them and a potential home. If you foster a dog, you have the ability to transform that shelter dog into a dog that anyone would be lucky to adopt.

2. You help LHK9 learn about the dog’s personality. Your daily interactions with your foster dog will help us learn about his/her unique personality as well as about any behavioral issues. It’s hard to know much about a dog when he/she is living in a stressful, scary shelter environment. Placing a dog in foster homes helps us learn if a he/she likes children, likes other dogs, begs at the table, chases cats, barks when crated, knows basic commands, is high or low energy, etc. Knowing all of this info will help us to find each dog the perfect FURever home! Most of our dogs are fostered for at least 2 weeks down South prior to coming up, so you are able to know a bit about the dog before taking him/her into your home!

3. You will appreciate your own dog’s good behavior. Or maybe you will realize the foster dog is better behaved than your own dog! Your dog can be an amazing teacher for your foster dog, teaching him/her how to acclimate to life in a home. Fostering is also a great way to work on socialization with your own dog!

4. You are saving lives. LHK9 is almost always at capacity and we cannot take in more dogs until additional foster homes open up. By taking a foster dog into your home, you actually save two lives: the life of your foster dog and the life of the dog who takes his/her place in the shelter.

5. LHK9 would not exist without foster homes. We depend entirely on foster homes because we do not have a shelter. If it weren’t for all of our generous foster families, our rescue would cease to exist,

6. The dog gets to live with your family rather than at a shelter. Dogs get stressed in shelter conditions. Shelters are noisy with limited one-on-one interaction. The dogs don’t get enough exercise, training or socialization. With time, many dogs develop psychological issues as pent-up energy, frustration, aggression or boredom builds.

7. Volunteering makes a person feel good! Fostering a dog is a way to give back to your community. If you love animals, there is nothing more rewarding than helping a homeless dog!

8. It’s a way to help without spending much money. If you don’t have the money to donate to animal rescues and shelters, you can donate your time by fostering. The only things you are required to provide your foster dog with are food and love.

Foster Application!

With the help of our amazing foster families, LHK9 has saved over 4,600 dogs since 2012! But we can’t do it without you. Fostering a dog is not a lifetime commitment, it’s a commitment to save a life.

Questions? Email foster@lasthopek9.org.