Consider Fostering


Be a life-saving Foster Home

Fosters truly are the FRONT LINE for these dogs, many of whom have never known kindness or care. They are a critical step in our saving more lives! A foster provides a temporary home for dogs while they are awaiting an adopter. Foster families provide shelter, safety, guidance, and love. The number of dogs we can save depends entirely on the number of people who will open their homes and hearts to foster.  For some of these dogs, this will be their first experience being treated as family. You are their salvation and you should never underestimate the important role you are playing in their lives!  You will feel their gratitude.

Why Foster?

The only way that we can save dogs is with the help of foster homes. Being a foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a dog in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have a dog without making a lifetime commitment, or trying new companions for an existing dog. Foster Care is critical to our rescue efforts, the more homes we have, the more dogs we can save. Becoming a foster family is a very rewarding experience, and can be a lot of fun. There are often tears shed when a foster finally finds a home of their own, but knowing you have saved a life and opened up space to save another is truly rewarding.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Dog?

Fosters will keep dogs an average of 4-8 weeks. Some dogs need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. Your time commitment will be discussed up-front before you agree to foster the dog, but most foster families keep the animal until the animal gets adopted.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment for the dog.
  • Participate in helping CrisisDogsNC find a family for the dog by posting on your social media and online community bulletin boards and referring interested parties to us via email.
  • Provide food, water, exercise, and socialization as appropriate.
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems and administer any medications as directed. (Medicine provided by CrisisDogsNC)
  • Assist with transport to/from adoption events.

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