Foster Program FAQ

What is fostering?

Fostering is hanging out with one of our awesome pups without the lifetime commitment, temporary ownership basically. While the animal still belongs to the rescue, you get to do all the fun stuff without any of the financial responsibly. You treat the dog like your own and we foot the bill!

How long will my foster be in my house?

  • There is no way to be certain of that. Some dogs take a few weeks to place, others take a few months. We will NEVER promise you that a dog will be out of your house in a certain amount of time because there is just no way of knowing. When you agree to bring a HHR foster into your home, you are committing to loving that baby from the day it comes into your house to the day it leaves for it’s forever home. 
  • If you are planning a vacation, please give us plenty of warning (as soon as you know, preferably at least two weeks in advance) so that we can arrange for your foster to be cared for while you’re out of town.
  • We understand sometimes life happens and you are no longer able to foster, if that happens, PLEASE let us know ASAP so that we can make other arrangements for your foster dog. 


I can only foster for very short amounts of time, can I still foster?

  • Occasionally, we do have openings for short term fosters. These commitments range anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. short term fosters come in handy when a dog’s foster family goes on vacation, has a family emergency, etc. So YES! 


As a foster parent, what are my responsibilities?

  • provide a safe, loving environment 
    • we give you all the tools necessary to do so!
  • keep an eye on any behavior or medical issues 
    • some animals in our care require special medical help or have behavioral issues we are working on. 
    • foster parents must be available via phone/text/email to discuss their foster dog. 
    • we rely on our foster parents for updates, cute pictures, new information about the animal in their care to help us find them their perfect forever home.
  • Exercise, train, and socialize dog as needed
    • we ask that our foster parents help instill basic obedience in dogs where it’s needed. Some of our dogs require very little training, while others have never been in a home and require more. We provide the resources essential to your dogs success.  This can also make a significant difference in the amount of time you have your foster, trained dogs are much easier to adopt out than untrained ones.

Do I get to pick my foster?

Somewhat! After being approved as a foster home, you will be sent a survey to fill out about your lifestyle, the types of dogs you are smitten with, etc. Once that is complete, the staff of HHR will work diligently to ensure we find you a good foster fit.