Our Foster to Adopt program gives prospective adopters the opportunity to temporarily welcome a dog home before making a full commitment and helps us save a life at the same time. Our adoptions team will happily discuss with you the particular size, age or energy level that is right for your home and family and guide you to your perfect match.

Have you always wanted a dog but not everyone in your household is ready for the commitment? Do you currently have an animal in the home that has never been around another dog?  Did you grow up with dogs but are unsure of the necessary care, feeding, exercise, and grooming a dog really requires? These are just some of the reasons prospective dog owners have joined our foster to adopt program. Through this initiative, we have successfully helped make hundreds of happy tails come true!

Learn more about our Foster to Adopt program below and submit the application below to participate in our Foster to Adopt program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be approved to Foster to Adopt?

You must submit the Foster To Adopt application below, and have completed and passed a foster home visit call and adoption interview.

Which dogs are eligible for the Foster to Adopt program?

Dogs available for fostering to adopt are sent to our Foster to Adopt newsletter before being posted online, dogs listed as available on our site are not eligible for the Foster to Adopt program.

Why can’t I Foster to Adopt a dog I see on your website?

If a dog is already in a loving foster home and listed as publicly available, we are hoping the dog’s next home would be a forever home! We do not move dogs around from one foster home to another.

What are your Foster To Adopt policies?

We believe that every new adopter should have the opportunity to make a guilt-free decision on whether or not their family/lifestyles/schedules and capabilities are set for long-term dog ownership. Applicants without prior sole dog ownership experience are offered to foster three dogs of different ages/weights/sizes/energy levels to see which best fits their home. After fostering them, if approved for adoption, you would be matched with an incoming dog (your fourth foster) available for adoption.We suggest joining the program to prepare yourself for the lifelong commitment of adoption. Some foster to adopt members have the option of fostering to adopt their first foster dog, the rules will be clearly discussed during your Foster to Adopt interview.

Will I choose the dog I am fostering to adopt?

Yes, of course! You will be able to respond to our email to confirm the dog you would like to foster to adopt. If we feel the dog would not be a good match based on your interview notes we may not approve your first choice, but work with you to suggest the best fit for your family or lifestyle.

What am I responsible for in the care of my foster dog?

You will sign the foster to adopt contract that includes our policies and fostering guidelines. Foster to Adopt applicants must purchase their own supplies (crate, food, collar etc.). You will be responsible for taking your foster dog  to their veterinary exam with our partner vet. Routine appointments during the foster period are paid for by Rescue City.

When can I finalize the adoption of my foster dog?

You have one full week with your foster dog before confirming if you’d like to seal the deal! You can always tell us beforehand too. Once you’re sure you want to move forward with adopting your foster dog, we’ll send you the adoption agreement to make it official!

What if the dog isn’t right for me?

That’s what the Foster to Adopt program is all about! We ask that you let us know as soon as possible if it isn’t the right fit and commit to continue fostering your dog until we find them a forever home!

Will I still be able to foster again?

Yes! If you don’t think a particular dog is the right fit for you, you can Foster to Adopt other dogs in the future until the right match comes along.

I didn't sign up for the Foster to Adopt program but I want to adopt my foster dog. Can I?

Unfortunately, we are unable to prioritize foster parents who are not enrolled in the Foster to Adopt program before bringing their foster dog home. You are welcome to submit a Foster to Adopt application to be eligible for a future dog, but it will not be considered for the dog you are fostering at the time.

Foster To Adopt Application