Why Foster?

Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (next to adopting, of course). By temporarily taking an animal in need into your home you are:


  • 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 honored to have as a pet.


  • Helping Last Hope K9 Rescue learn about the dog’s personality.

You will interact with your foster dog every day, learning about his/her unique personality and any behavioral issues. It’s hard to know much about a dog when he/she is living in a shelter environment with 15 other dogs. 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, has high or low energy, etc. The possibilities of what a foster family will learn about a dog are unlimited.


  • 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.


  • You are saving a dog’s life.

Last Hope K9 Rescue 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.


  • Last Hope K9 Rescue would cease to 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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 to your foster dog are food and love.

With the help of our amazing foster families, Last Hope K9 Rescue has saved nearly 1,000 dogs in less a year! But we can’t do it without you. Fostering a dog is not a lifetime commitment, it is a commitment to saving a life.

Have questions? Email foster@lasthopek9.org.