Fostering Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What types of animals need foster care? 

All kinds! Shelters see all kinds of animals in need from orphaned puppies and kittens, pregnant moms, purebreds, dogs, and cats with medical needs, small to large, etc. We even sometimes get barnyard and equine animals in need! Basically, foster care is for all pets, especially those that need a little extra TLC!

What if I want to adopt my foster?

We love a great foster failure. We also try to always give our fosters first right of refusal with their foster pet. However, please be respectful of other adopters hoping to adopt your foster pet. Once an adopter has started the approval process for your foster they will be given priority. If you want to keep your foster, let your foster representative know ASAP and we will put the animal on a 2-week hold.

My foster dog isn’t working out:

 As your agreement as a foster of APPR, you agree to foster your foster animal through any issues that may arise – behaviorally, medically or within the home. APPR does not have a shelter or facility so foster families must commit to fostering their pet until the pet is adopted or transported to another rescue partner (through set up and agreement with APPR). This agrees to work through unexpected behavioral and medical issues that may arise and following through with advised treatment. We understand that personal issues can arise that are out of your control such as but not limited to illness, death, moving to another state, change in financial status, etc. Please contact us right away, explain the situation, and be patient while we make a plan. Because there are so many pets entering our rescue at all times we may not be able to accommodate your request right away. We promise to work together to come up with a suitable plan ASAP.

I’m going on a trip and I can’t take my foster, what do I do?

 Often we have temporary fosters willing to help with this. Please advise us of your plans and email  at least 2 weeks before your trip. We will do our best to accommodate but if you give us less time to find a solution, boarding will be on your expense.

Do I need to take my foster to adoption events? 

Yes! Although attending adoption events are not a requirement, they are the second-best way for your foster to get adopted. Events are a great way to meet other volunteers, network your pet, and provide awesome socialization for your foster. Your foster animal must need to be behaviorally and medically cleared in order to take them to events.

How long after my foster dog is adopted can I pull another animal?

recommend waiting 2 weeks before getting another foster. This will give the adoptive family the opportunity to get to know their new pet and make sure that it is the right fit. Although we don’t receive returns often, most of the animals that are returned are during the first 2 weeks which is also the decompression time period. We ask that you take your foster dog back during this time so that they can be with a familiar home as we look for their FURever family.

What if I don’t think the adoption applicant is a good fit?

 You know your foster animal better than anyone else. We value your opinion throughout the adoption process. Our adoption team is responsible for approving applications based on how responses to application questions align with your foster’s needs (ie – we will redirect a home for someone who wants a running partner but is trying to adopt a senior dog with hip issues), vet and landlord checks. We do ask that once an approval is sent to you, that you set up a call with the potential adopter to determine if it sounds like a mutual fit. If during that time, or during the home visit, you do not feel like it is a match, email your adoption counselor and foster representative with your concerns.

How many foster pets can I have at a time? 

You can have up to two (2) foster pets from different families at the same time. If you are fostering a pregnant mom or a litter, then you can go over on the foster limit. We enforce a foster limit in order to prevent compassion burnout.


To view all of the amazing pets we currently have for adoption, or to learn more about our adoption process, you can visit our adoption page which explains more, or browse by pet type.



Adoption and fostering aren’t right for everyone. But, if you’d still like to help, donations of any size and frequency always help. We value each and every donation and truly thank you for helping these pets.


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Have questions? Whether you need to learn more about becoming a pet foster, want to find out more information about pet adoption, or simply have other questions not answered here, contact us and we’d be happy to help.

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