Why Foster

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DOG FOSTERING

WHAT IS FOSTERING?

  • Fostering is like temporary ownership — you take care of your foster dog as though it were your own, until we find him the right long-term, stable forever home. The more committed foster homes we have, the more lives we can save..

WHY ARE YOUR DOGS IN FOSTER HOMES?

  • It’s much healthier for a dog to be in a home instead of in a cage while it waits to be adopted. When a dog is in a foster home, we can learn way more about the animal’s true personality (likes, dislikes, training level, exercise requirement…) versus its “cage personality,” which makes it much easier to find the best match as we are looking for a forever family.

HOW LONG DOES FOSTERING LAST?

  • Fostering tends to last 2 to 6 months for dogs because most get adopted within that time frame. Sometimes dogs get adopted much more quickly, sometimes it takes longer.
  • We ask that foster parents hold onto their foster dog until the dog is adopted because the less a dog bounces around, the better it is for the dog. It can be stressful for a dog to move from home to home unnecessarily.

HOW DO YOU HELP ME WHEN I FOSTER A DOG?

  • As soon as the dog arrives at your home, one of LuvMi’s volunteer trainers will give you instructions and guide you appropriately, will work closely with you so that the dog gets used to the environment you live in, you will work together on the dog’s behavior and you will teach him new skills, useful for the rest of his life.
  • We also cover all of the dog’s expenses, all his accessories, food, supplements, medical exams and grooming. We are by your side throughout your fostering experience for whatever you need.

DO I GET TO FOSTER WHATEVER DOG I WANT?

  • Almost! It would be irresponsible of us not to be careful about how we place our dogs in foster homes. Similar to the way we try to match-make with adoptions, we do our best to set our dogs up for success right from the beginning by making sure their foster parents are as suited to their needs as possible. If you don’t have the schedule, experience, etc. an animal requires even temporarily, you’ll both be miserable, and the dog’s wellbeing will suffer when it needs to move from foster home to foster home indefinitely.
  • Based on your application, we try to pair you with a dog that we think will work for your dog care experience level and lifestyle. And of course, you get to meet the dog at the shelter before you make a decision.
  • You’re more than welcome to respond to posts on Instagram requesting foster help for animals that look like they may be a match for you!

WHAT IF SOMETHING COMES UP AND I NEED TO GIVE MY FOSTER DOG BACK?

  • We will look for a new foster home if you can no longer care for your foster pet, as we never return them to the shelter. We need at least 5 days notice, and the more notice you can provide us with the better.
  • If you are experiencing a specific challenge with your foster dog, talk to us and to your designated trainer right away so we can offer help before we look for new placement.

WHAT KINDS OF CHALLENGES CAN I EXPECT TO FACE WHILE FOSTERING?

  • All kinds! Or maybe very few, who's to say? Fostering a dog is very rewarding and can also be at times difficult, frustrating, confusing... There are lots of variables, so your experience as a foster parent will depend on your history and past encounters with dogs, your lifestyle, and your personality type.
  • It will also depend on the animal you're fostering — each is an individual and completely different from the next. One dog might bounce into your apartment footloose and fancy free and have few accidents while the next could be quite shy at first and require housebreaking training, for example.
  • Almost all dogs in new environments exhibit signs of stress at first, so it's very important that you be patient with things like accidents, barking, restless nights, and so on for at least the first few days. We'll do our best to make sure you know about any of these fun “bonuses” as long as we do, but if you notice anything that hasn't been brought to your attention, please bring it to ours so our trainers can address it ASAP. Making sure all of our animals get individualized care and attention is one of the main reasons you are fostering them!
  • Try to keep in mind they often come from very bad places where they've been hungry, neglected, forced to live on a balcony or tied up in the middle of nowhere. So cut them some slack. Fostering is awesome, but nobody ever said it will be easy from day one.

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A FOSTER PARENT?

  • You are expected to provide your foster dog with all of the loving care it needs, which includes (but is not limited to) food, water, shelter, exercise, and medication when required.
  • You are expected to be available via phone call, text, and/or email on a daily basis so that we can check in when necessary and coordinate meetings with potential adopters. When it’s time for your foster dog to meet a potential adopter, you’ll need to be cooperative and available to do so.
  • You’ll need to be able to transport your foster pet to vet appointments, adoption meetings, provide photos of your foster dog to help with his promotion. You must answer any questions we may have about the dog, so that we can make sure he stays healthy and gets adopted to the best forever home possible.

HOW DO POTENTIAL ADOPTERS FIND OUT ABOUT MY FOSTER DOG?

  • All of our adoptable pets are listed on multiple pet search websites. We regularly share updates on our animals in foster care via Instagram,, facebook and tiktok, and this is why we need you to send us photos and videos often.

WHAT DO I GAIN FROM FOSTERING A DOG?

  • You gain the experience of living with a dog, in case you are thinking of adopting one, but you don't know if you are able to care for him or if the dog fits in your lifestyle.
  • You gain experience in caring for another person, with practical as well as emotional needs, very important experience even if you are thinking of having a child.
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