Connecting homeless dogs with people who want to foster!



Max with Laura and Aubree, Photo: Stacey Axelrod

All About Fospice

We started our Fospice program in 2013, and have sponsored over 30 dogs by Spring 2016. Dog recipients come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny (5 lbs) to huge (120 lbs); recipient breeds have included: Pit Bull, Maltese, Bichon, Shepherd mix, Shar Pei mix, Beagle mix, Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Labrador Retriever. We welcome Fospice friends of all shapes and sizes!

As of Spring 2016, we have donated over $10,000 to other nonprofit organizations in support of the Fospice dogs in our program. With increased funding, we can donate to more animal rescue organizations to support their Fospice dog rescue efforts.

DONATE on our GoFundMe page to directly support Fospice.

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Dolly, from Social Tees Animal Rescue

We donate products and materials to each dog in our Fospice program, at no cost to the dog’s “forever foster” caretaker. These products typically include: dog bed, food, medication, watercolor portrait, photo shoot, toys, and leash. We’ve worked with 16 nonprofit rescue organizations, and hope to work with these groups again, in addition to many more groups around the country. The majority of dogs in our program are elderly, though we have sponsored three young dogs who have inoperable / terminal conditions and have a poor prognosis

View our many beautiful Fospice articles on our website. Learn more about our special program below:

Foster + Hospice = Fospice!

With innumerable sick and elderly dogs we see in animal shelters, wouldn’t it be useful to have a program that took them out of the shelter environment and placed them in “forever foster” homes for their final days/months? Too many old and sick dogs die in shelters around the country; how about we make the world a slightly better place and provide care and comfort to a dog in need.

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Taz and Madhumita, Photo: Samantha Cheirif

What is Fospice, and how does it compare to “Hospice”?

Fospice uses the human hospice idea, and makes it work for dogs. “The word ‘hospice’ comes from the Latin word hospes: meaning to host a guest or stranger” (Via Amitabha Hospice Service). Our fospice recipient must be elderly (at a natural old age, according to their breed/size), and/or terminally ill. Foster Dogs NYC will search for a foster home for the dog in need, and will sponsor the dog’s basic needs for the remainder of their life. The concept of end-of-life care remains; the level of care varies with each dog.

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Beau and Maya, Photo: Stacey Axelrod

We were inspired by the ASPCA’s fospice program:

The reasons for sending animals to foster are varied. Sometimes shelters receive animals that are not medically healthy enough for adoption, but still have the right to live out their golden years in loving homes and with proper medical treatment. For these pets, the ASPCA supports finding homes that are part foster, part hospice—or “fospice.” Are you ready to open your heart and home to a fospice animal? – ASPCA

By using the ASPCA’s program as a starting point, we were able make it our own. In addition to vet care and daily needs, fospice recipients will receive a one-on-one professional photo shoot, as a keepsake for their foster owner. We will provide the dog with a brand new bed, collar, and leash, and whatever toys they could possibly want. Though we are not a large organization, we want to make a difference where we can; and this feels like a great thing to do.

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Gina and her Fospice family, Photo: Jenn Hix Rosen

What dogs can qualify for Fospice?

We search for very elderly dogs or terminally ill dogs who fit one of the following criteria: In the care of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue group / At an animal shelter / At risk of being surrendered by their owners. Typically, our Fospice dogs have received a negative prognosis from a veterinarian who said that he or she has mere months to live. 


Daisy, Photo: Lisa Burger

Want to apply to be a Fospice caretaker?

Complete our Foster Roster application, and make a note in your entry that you are applying for FOSPICE.

Fospice sponsorship includes:

Assistance in finding a loving “forever foster” home


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Donation to the rescue group in honor of the canine recipient

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Gwen, Photo: Robyn Lisone, MUTTography

Dog bed donation from Harry Barker

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Betty White, Photo: Lisa Burger

Custom watercolor portrait by Amanda Moeckel, My Animal Art


Gina, Portrait by Amanda Moeckel

BarkBox toy & treat subscription for 6 months


Willow and her BarkBox

Professional in-home photo shoot

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Fluffy and Carolyn, Photo: Samantha Cheirif

Handmade orange “rescue leash” from Found My Animal

All of these companies are based in New York City, as we love partnering with awesome local businesses. After all, we’re all in this together! The companies above have all donated their support to Fospice to save more elderly and terminally ill shelter dogs. Our funding goes straight towards a donation to the rescue group, and support of the Fospice caretaker’s needs for their particular dog.

We hope to sponsor many more dogs in years to come. Please consider donating to this special program.

Richie Bear Fospice

Richie Bear & Mellissa, Photo: Dorie Herman

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