Foster parents are the front line for our dogs and a critical step in saving more lives. A foster home is a temporary living situation while a pet waits to be adopted. Foster families provide shelter, food, care, love and guidance. The number of dogs we save depends entirely on the number of people who will open their homes and hearts to foster them. For some of these dogs, this will be their first experience being treated as a family pet. You are their hero and you should never underestimate the important role you play in their lives!
Compact Canine Rescue is a foster-based rescue group–we do not have a shelter. The only way we can save dogs is by temporarily placing them in our volunteers’ homes until a family permanently adopts them. Being a foster family has rewards beyond the obvious value of helping a pet in need. For some, it is a chance to have a companion without making a lifetime commitment, or to try a new companion for an existing pet. Foster care is critical to our rescue efforts: the more homes we have, the more dogs we can save. Tears are often shed when a foster pet finally finds a home of their own, but it is worth knowing you have saved a life and opened up space to save another is truly rewarding.
Fosters will keep dogs an average of 12 weeks. Some pets 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 pet, but most foster families keep the dog until the dog gets adopted.