Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

What is the average time of fostering?

Dogs are usually in our program for 2 to 4 weeks, though this can be longer or shorter. We do have fosters who just foster on weekends to cover full-time fosters, we are open to how you want to help!

Can I adopt my foster dog?

Yes! We call this foster fiesta! You can proceed with adoption so long as there are no outstanding adoption applications on your foster dog.

How many times do I have to take my foster dog to the vet?

Most dogs will go to the vet at least once, but if they have ongoing issues they may need to see a vet more than once. All fosters must be able to get their foster dog to an emergency vet should something arise.

Where do I pick up my foster dog?

Most fosters get their dogs from our transport nights though some fosters will be handed off foster to foster. Foster pick ups from transports can range from 7 pm until late in the evening depending on the trajectory of the transport

Do I get a say in who adopts my foster dog?

Yes! We value your feedback in meeting your foster dog’s potential parents! You will meet the prospective adopters via a zoom meeting as well as in person at the adoption day.

Can I foster outside of Toronto?

Our resources limit us to GTA/Toronto. This means as far east as Durham Region, as far north as Barrie, and as far west as Kitchener/Waterloo. If you are outside of the Toronto area, we do expect that you have access to a car for the purposes of vet visits and bringing your foster dog to a meet and greet.

I have kids, can I foster?

For liability reasons, we do not foster out dogs to homes with children under 12 years old. We do not offer exceptions to this rule.

I have cats, can I foster?

This is on a case-by-case basis – the short answer is yes, but it depends on what we know about the incoming dogs. If they have been previously fostered with cats safely, then we have a better prediction of how the dog may act with your cat.

I have three dogs of my own, can I foster?

We will not foster out to homes that have three or more dogs, as the foster needs some one on one time, that you might not be able to give with four dogs in the home.

Do you have Hypoallergenic dogs?

Unfortunately none of our dogs can be classified as hypoallergenic, since they are all strays without history. Listed breeds on the website are just our vet’s best guess and a dog that doesn’t shed now may begin the shed later in the year

Can I foster if I don’t own a vehicle?

You do need a mode of transportation as the dogs will have vet visits and or meet and greets with potential adopters. There are plenty of car-sharing services as well as “Pet Friendly” lift services. Be mindful that this expense is not covered by the rescue.

Are medical expenses covered?

All necessary medical expenses are covered by the rescue. All dogs receive deworming and flea/tick meds when they arrive in rescue. Heartworm preventative is given during warm months.

What if I get too attached to my foster?

We’ll be honest – fostering is a rewarding experience and you will get attached. Many people choose not to foster because they feel it’ll hurt their feelings to adopt the dog out. As a result, rescues are not able to help as many dogs and those dogs perish in shelters. You’re saving a life. Fostering a dog is a selfless act, and sure, it’s not for everyone, but to that one dog you foster, it means the world!

What else is covered by the rescue?

Some fosters opt to provide their own crate, food, bed, and other items, while others request assistance. It’s dependent on the home but please ask your foster coordinator and explain what you would need in advance. We require at least 48 hours in order to accommodate requests!

I live in a small home/condo/apartment, can I still foster?

Absolutely. So long as you are able to provide the time and exercise required for your foster dog.

Do I need a backyard to foster a dog?

We prefer not, but if you have one it’s fine. Our dogs need to go for walks to bond with their foster
home and get confident in their new home!

Can I foster a dog if I am dog sitting or fostering for another organization?

Unfortunately due to liability reasons you can only foster a dog with your own dog.

If you have any further questions please contact us directly.

We are foster-based, which means we do not have a physical shelter.

Please check if you are in our adoption radius before applying.

Due to the lack of history on our dogs, we can not place them in homes with children under 12 years of age.

We do not have a contact phone number as we are not a 9 to 5 shelter.

We reserve the right not to respond to applications that do not meet our adoption criteria.

We get a high volume of correspondences, please be patient!

Harassment or bullying of any kind will not be tolerated.

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