The bridge to creating a positive and inclusive animal foster community.

Foster Manual

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Just starting out on your journey into foster care, or want a refresher? Our new FOSTER MANUAL is informative, and free! Below are links to increase your knowledge of best practices, and to guide you in the right direction. Requesting a paper copy of our manual for your shelter or business? Scroll below for our sign-up form. Learn more about the manual on our blog, including more about the artists and collaborators.


Foster Dog Manual: Supplemental Links

ALL ABOUT MEForm for new adopters, from the dog’s foster parent(s)

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: take the best photos of your foster dog, to help him/her get adopted

CRATE TRAINING & HOUSE TRAINING TIPS: crate training helps your foster dog feel confident in his/her new home, and to help prevent destruction while you’re out

BUSINESS CARDS: download and print! Distribute whenever someone asks you on a walk, “How do I find out more about adopting this dog?”

FOSTER CHECKLISTQuestions to ask yourself and the rescue group

FOSTER FORUM on Facebook: a group to encourage a fostering community!

BILL OF RIGHTS as a foster caretaker, for you to keep in mind

SHOPPING LIST: what to get for your temporary foster pooch! If you buy supplies for your foster dog, these materials may be tax-deductible.


Foster Dogs volunteers packing manuals for shipping around the country

Foster Dogs Inc volunteers packing manuals for shipping around the country

About our Manual:

Our Foster Dog Manual is here: What to Expect When You’re Fos’pecting! This incredible guide is now available (free) to the public, and ready to be distributed around the country in hard-copy and PDF.

Our goal is to increase foster efforts in more cities, thus increasing the amount of lives saved for shelter dogs. Every time one dog finds a foster home, he/she is safe and is one step closer to finding an adopter. But that’s not all: you help free up space in the shelter for another dog in need. Many shelters euthanize dogs (even young puppies) due to a lack of adopters / foster homes / space. Fostering helps tackle this dilemma, one dog at a time.

Fostering should be a positive experience, one that you will want to repeat at every possible opportunity.

Thanks to photographer Sophie Gamand and graphic designer Dorie Herman, we created a gorgeous, appealing, quick-start guide to fostering a dog. Gamand’s adorable vibrant images feature shelter dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds, taken at shelters around the United States. Our Foster Dogs team including Sarah Brasky, Tara Bahl, and Lauren Hirata prepared the information and text within the guide. We talked with professional dog trainer Andrea Arden to gather crucial training tips, to support your awareness of best practices with a new dog.

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DONATE to support the printing and shipping of these manuals, to shelters and retail shops nationwide. With more education about fostering and adoption, comes higher rescue rates and fewer dogs euthanized. You can make a difference!


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