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Fostering a Dog

Details on taking care of a canine foster

Basic Foster

Adoption-Ready Foster
These dogs are awaiting an adoption event or a space in one of our Adoption Centers.

Emergency Foster
These pups have been rescued from emergencies or natural disasters or come from our Crisis Care Program, which provides families going through a short-term hardship with some temporary help caring for their pets until they are back on their feet.

Core Foster

Sick or Injured Foster
Foster homes are a great place for our sick or injured animals to heal, whether they’re recovering from something as routine as a spay/neuter surgery, something as complicated as orthopedic surgery or simply need routine antibiotics.

Puppy Foster
Help puppies ranging in age from four weeks to six months mature in a loving and nurturing home while they wait to be ready for adoption.

Adoption Center Foster
With people and animals constantly coming and going, our Adoption Centers can be overwhelming for some animals. They might need a home environment or some one-on-one attention. The information we learn about these dogs during their foster period helps facilitate a quick adoption upon their return to an Adoption Center.

Advanced Foster

Pregnant/Nursing Mom Foster 
Pregnant and nursing moms—and their litters—need temporary homes while the puppies wean and grow.

Neonate Orphan Foster
Puppies younger than four weeks cannot yet eat on their own and require routine feedings from their foster family to survive.

Socialization Foster
Some dogs come to us abused, neglected or simply lacking the training or socialization they need to find the right home. Your foster home provides the enrichment, training or behavior modification these loving pets need to attract the perfect family for them.

Gold Star Dog Foster 
Our Gold Star dogs have special behavioral needs and require extra attention and care, a step beyond our Behavior Modification & Socialization Fosters. We will provide you with a training and enrichment plan to follow for these dogs.

Hospice Foster
Give a dog with a terminal prognosis the love and comfort he deserves at end-of-life by providing palliative care.

Ready to Become a Foster Parent?

    APPLY NOW!

  1. COMPLETE THE FOSTER APPLICATION.
    This form tells us about your experience with animals and which of our facilities you are able to get to.
  2. YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED. Once we review your information and approve you, we'll start sending you emails with animals available for fostering.
  3. EMAIL US.
    See an animal you'd like to help? Email us at foster@pawschicago.org and we will arrange a time for you to pick up your newest foster animal.

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