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 NYC 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 NYC:

Foster Dogs NYC was founded in 2009 by Sarah Oren 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:

4-sarah-grossSarah Gross, Brooklyn NY: 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 tied to Foster Dogs NYC since its beginnings, having adopting the first dog on the organization’s website: Mocha. Sarah and her fiancé Paolo travel the world, and bring Mocha with them whenever possible.

4-tara-bahlTara Bahl, Manhattan NY: Tara works as an Interdisciplinary Studies Professor at Guttman Community College. She has been 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 and her fiancé John Paul have a rescued Beagle mix named Ginny.

4_ari_teplitzAri Teplitz, Norwalk CT: 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.

4-amalyah-orenAmalyah Oren, Washington DC / NYC: Amalyah is in her second and final year of Business School at Georgetown, with a concentration in Operations and Strategy. She graduated from NYU, and worked for two years at The Bronfman Foundation. She was a Summer Associate at PwC, and plans to move back to NYC to work in consulting when graduate school is complete. Amalyah adopted her former foster dog (“foster fail”), a Staffie mix named Lady.

Steering Committee:

  • Foster Roster Outreach: Jenny Kessler, Tara Bahl, Miriam Valero, Amparo Brookfield
  • Fospice Coordinator: Laura Irwin
  • Foster Business Card Manager: Miriam Valero
  • Website Profiles: Lauren Hirata
  • Dog Database & Facebook Photo Manager: Katherine Chala, Paula Pahnke
  • Organizational Development: Tara Bahl
  • Site Profile Notifications: Jenny Kessler
foster dogs nyc volunteers

Foster Dogs NYC 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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