Foster a Homeless Dog
Fostering a dog is an excellent way to help homeless dogs without a long term committment. Fostering is incredibly meaningful and rewarding work! Tara's House needs the help of volunteers to foster dogs in order to help animals in high kill shelters.
The most important things a foster must provide are shelter, safety, food and water, and of course... LOVE. As a foster, you will be responsible for the day to day care of a dog until they find their forever home. You will also be a huge, helpful part of finding the right home for the dog! By getting to know the dog you can help us find the perfect home for the dog you are fostering!
Tara's House will provide for medical exams, treatments and medications while the dog is in your care through one of our partner vets.
If you are ready to begin the process of becoming a foster parent, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us that you are interested in being a foster parent to one of our dogs. Please include your complete contact information in this email so that we may contact you by phone to provide details about fostering and answer any questions you have. If you own a dog, we will ask you for your vet's contact information and conduct a vet reference check to confirm that your own dog is well cared for.
What do Fosters do?
Tara's House Fosters are responsible for the day-to-day care of our dogs until they are adopted. This includes walking, feeding, socializing, starting house-training and medical treatments... basically you will do everything with our dogs that you would for your own dogs. Fosters also help our dogs transition for shelter live to home life and are often the first people that make them feel safe and sound.... You help them be loved pets again!
Our Foster Parents provide all food, treats, toys, crate/kennel, leash and collar while in your care; Tara's House will cover any medical exams, treatments and medications until adoptions are finalized as long as the foster parent uses one of our partner vets. Our partner vets are located throughout DC/Baltimore/Harrisburg/Northern Virginia metro areas - so most likely - where ever you live a partner vet is nearby.
Our Foster Parents will also meet with approved applicants to facilitate Meet-&-Greets for their foster dog and transport them to and from our monthly events.
How can my Family become a Foster Home?
Please email us at email@example.com and tell us that you are interested in being a foster parent to one of our dogs. Please include you complete contact information in this email so that we may contact you by phone to provide details about fostering and answer any questions you have. If you own a dog, we will ask you for your vet's contact information and conduct a vet reference check to confirm that your own dog is well cared for.
If approved to foster our dogs, you will be expected to sign a legally binding contract with Tara's House. You may review our foster contract here. We will then introduce you to your new foster dog!
While of course fostering a dog is a commitment - we view it as a fun and rewarding one! We expect that you will bond and love your foster dog - but you will also experience great joy and a sense of accomplishment to watch your foster dog get adopted to his own forever home and family. Always know that you played a special part in getting that former shelter dog ready to be loved in a forever home.