Connecting homeless dogs with people who want to foster!


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Fostering makes the rescue “world go ’round.” Millions of animals are stuck in animal shelters, many at risk of euthanasia due to a lack of sufficient kennel space. If those animals had a safe home to go to, while they await adoption, their lives would be spared and their chances of adoption would increase exponentially. Why not facilitate the rescue system by focusing on the placement of shelter dogs into temporary loving homes? Our goal is to put more dogs into foster homes, and connect the thousands of dog lovers with those desperate dogs in need.

Foster Dogs is a motivated group of media-savvy dog lovers; we are working tirelessly to make our organization more beneficial to the NYC community than ever before.

Read our Mission Statement.

Daniela and foster dog Millie, whom she met through Foster Dogs NYC

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

We help rescuers find temporary homes for their available dogs, while providing potential foster owners with the knowledge and resources to begin their foster experience. We are the connection between people who WANT to help a shelter dog with the people and dogs who NEED help!

Photo credit: Stacey Axelrod Photography

Sarah and Poppins, Credit: Stacey Axelrod

We are a registered nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

A Brief History of Foster Dogs:

Foster Dogs was founded in 2009 by Sarah Brasky. There was a need at the time – and still very much so – for a user-friendly website and organization dedicated solely to foster care, particularly in the New York area. Learn more about our founder here.

We assist local rescue organizations with the placement of their foster dogs, promoting the dogs and encouraging fostering. While we are currently focused on the New York City area, we also work to promote fostering nationally and around the world.

Board of Directors:

Christina Donnelly

Long-time foster mom and volunteer for Foster Dogs (since 2014), Christina works as Special Project Manager at Bark & Co aka BarkBox. Christina graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, and has worked and traveled all over the world. Her first foster dog also become her “forever” dog: @stelladigs. She and fellow volunteer and foster parent Vladic live in Brooklyn with Stella.

Kevin Hsieh

Kevin is a program engineer at WeWork, and is a graduate of Columbia University. He and his adopted dog Finn have fostered several dogs through Foster Dogs, and hope to do so again someday soon!

Amalyah Oren

Amalyah is a Senior Associate Consultant at PwC. She earned her MBA at Georgetown University, with a concentration in Operations and Strategy. She is a graduate of NYU, and worked in nonprofit at The Bronfman Foundation.

Amalyah adopted her former foster dog (“foster fail”), a Staffie mix named Lady. After Lady passed away in December 2016, Amalyah fostered three dogs over three months, and would love to adopt again when the time is right. Amalyah co-chaired our “My Furry Valentine” event in February 2017.

Tara Bahl

Tara is an Interdisciplinary Studies Professor at Guttman Community College. She has worked as an educator in teen leadership and development, previously working at Hunter College as an Adjunct Professor. She also sits on the board of Citizen Action of New York. Tara has a master’s degree from NYU and is earning a PhD in Urban Education Policy.

Tara is the co-chair of our Foster Workshop series for new volunteers. Tara and her husband John Paul live in Manhattan with their adopted Beagle mix Ginny.

4_ari_teplitzAri Teplitz

Ari is the owner of Teplitz Financial Group, and has a wealth of financial and insurance-related knowledge. He previously worked at New York Life, and sits on a board of a theater group. Ari went to UMASS, and earned an MFA at Yale University. He and his wife Michelle have two young children, and a Cavapoo named Olivia.

Sarah Gross

Sarah is the Founder and President of Rescue Chocolate, a vegan chocolate company based in BK with a charitable mission. She is also the co-founder of US Veg Corp, a national vegetarian organization that promotes the cause through food-and-drink events.

Sarah has been involved with Foster Dogs since its beginnings, having adopting the first dog on the organization’s website: Mocha. Sarah and her husband Paolo travel the world, and bring Mocha with them wherever possible.

Steering Committee:

  • Paula Pahnke, Katherine Chala, Lauren Hirata, Megan Penney, Tara Bahl, Asa Shibuya, Elsie Heung, Elana Buchalter, Miriam Valero, Amparo Brookfield, Melissa Ottstadt
  • Foster Roster Outreach: Elana Buchalter, Miriam Valero, Amparo Brookfield
  • Fospice Coordinator: Melissa Ottstadt
  • Website Maintenance & Dog Profiles: Lauren Hirata
foster dogs nyc volunteers

Foster Dogs Volunteers. Credit: Boprey Photography

Want to volunteer? Click here! We are always looking for volunteer photographers and journalists to cover events and to take photos of dogs in foster care. We are not a shelter facility, so we are not in need of dog walkers and kennel volunteers.

Email us: info [AT] 

Site Disclaimer: The photographs and biographies for each dog posted on this site are given to us by a third party, most frequently a representative for the rescue group, unless otherwise noted. The information for each dog is as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

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