How to Foster

One of the most important ways you can support our organization performs our mission is to give the amazing gift of a temporary home to one of our dogs.

There are countless benefits to fostering, for you and your family, the lucky dog, and the other dogs National Mill Dog Rescue can care for when one is in a safe, loving home.  

Living in a home allows a dog to acclimate and learn to be a family pet much faster than in a shelter environment.  It allows you and your family to gain the rewards of caring for a pet who needs you, and every dog living in foster care leaves room for the staff at National Mill Dog Rescue to rescue and care for another dog who is waiting to be rescued.

What Is Foster Care?

Being a foster home means sharing your home with a rescued dog; providing food, shelter, toys, walks, and lots of attention, as if the dog were your own, until a permanent home for the dog is

We count on our foster homes to observe behaviors in a variety of situations.  We ask that foster families work to house-train and leash-train the dog.

We also have specialty fosters who might have experience or skills caring for nursing moms or dogs struggling with health conditions.  

In addition, foster families may be asked to bring the dog to adoption events so as to help him/her find their forever home.

Who Can Foster?

Adhering to state regulations, we will need to perform a home visit at least once per year and have you complete an application to get the process started.  We do also ask that you participate in a brief Foster Orientation at the shelter.  

Once you complete your application, a member of the Foster Care Team will contact you to schedule your orientation.  

Thank you for considering offering this gift to one of our dogs.  We will provide all supplies, vet care, etc. that you need.  We only ask that you provide the loving, safe, temporary home that all of these pups deserve.


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