Welcome to Foster Tales:
Your Guide to Fostering Dogs Right Out of the Shelter!

At Foster Tales, we believe that fostering a dog is not only a rewarding experience but also a vital step in helping shelter dogs find their forever homes. By opening your heart and home to a dog in need, you can provide them with love, care, and a safe environment while they await adoption. This page will guide you through the process of fostering a dog right out of the shelter, ensuring a smooth transition for both you and your furry friend.

Understand the Commitment

Fostering a dog requires time, patience, and dedication. Before embarking on this journey, it's important to understand the commitment involved. Dogs in shelters often come from challenging backgrounds and may require extra care and attention. Ensure you have the time and resources to provide for their needs, including feeding, exercise, grooming, and veterinary care.

Talk to us about what kind of dog you can foster.

We work hard to select the right type of foster dog for you and your family. We want people to consider variables like temperament, age, size, and more.

Research Local Shelters and Rescue Organizations

Start by researching local shelters and rescue organizations in your area. Reach out to them to express your interest in fostering and inquire about their specific requirements and procedures. Many organizations have an application process and may conduct a home visit to ensure your environment is suitable for a foster dog.

Prepare Your Home

Create a safe and comfortable space for your foster dog. Set up a designated area with a cozy bed, food and water bowls, toys, and appropriate chew items. Remove any potential hazards or toxic substances from their reach. Consider crate training as it can provide a sense of security and help with house training.

Introduce Your Resident Pets

If you have existing pets, it's crucial to introduce them to your foster dog in a controlled and supervised manner. Allow them to sniff each other through a gate or a neutral space before proceeding with face-to-face interactions. Always prioritize the safety and well-being of all animals involved.

Introduce Your Resident Pets

If you have existing pets, it's crucial to introduce them to your foster dog in a controlled and supervised manner. Allow them to sniff each other through a gate or a neutral space before proceeding with face-to-face interactions. Always prioritize the safety and well-being of all animals involved.

Establish a Routine

Dogs thrive on routine, so establish a consistent schedule for feeding, exercise, and bathroom breaks. This will help your foster dog feel secure and adjust more quickly. Provide mental stimulation through interactive toys, training sessions, and positive reinforcement. A well-exercised and mentally stimulated dog is generally happier and better behaved.

Socialize and Train

Expose your foster dog to various environments, people, and other animals to help them develop social skills and build confidence. Positive reinforcement training methods can help address any behavioral issues and make them more adoptable. Teach basic commands such as sit, stay, and come, as well as leash manners.

Socialize and Train

Expose your foster dog to various environments, people, and other animals to help them develop social skills and build confidence. Positive reinforcement training methods can help address any behavioral issues and make them more adoptable. Teach basic commands such as sit, stay, and come, as well as leash manners.

Provide Love and Affection

Show your foster dog unconditional love and affection. Many shelter dogs have experienced trauma or neglect, so your care and attention can help them heal emotionally. Spend quality time together, offer gentle petting, and provide a calm and nurturing environment.

Communicate with us!

Maintain open lines of communication with Foster Tales. We love getting updates that include pictures and videos to share on our social media. If any issues arise, report them to us as soon as possible. We are available to our fosters all day, and sometimes, even night!

Communicate with the Shelter or Rescue Organization

Maintain open lines of communication with the shelter or rescue organization throughout the fostering process. Share updates on your foster dog's progress, behavior, and any medical concerns. They can provide guidance, support, and necessary resources.

We promote your adoptable dog.

Aside from sending us pictures and videos, we handle networking your foster dog and finding it a home. We use Petfinder and Instagram to find adopters.

Celebrate a Successful Adoption

When your foster dog gets adopted, there is no better feeling in the world! You did it! (And hopefully, you will do it again!)

Celebrate a Successful Adoption

Maintain open lines of communication with the shelter or rescue organization throughout the fostering process. Share updates on your foster dog's progress, behavior, and any medical concerns. They can provide guidance, support, and necessary resources.

Stay Committed

Thank you for considering fostering a dog right out of the shelter with Foster Tales. Your compassion and dedication can make a world of difference in the lives of these deserving animals. Start your foster journey today and help create more happy endings for shelter dogs!