We are a foster-based, shelter-free rescue


We are looking for foster homes in the Toronto/GTA and surrounding area. This ranges as far north as Barrie and Collingwood, as far south as Hamilton, as far east as Ottawa, and as far west as London. If you’re on the border or have a concern, please contact us about your location. Why do we have a radius? Because adoptions and foster situations can fall through, and we always need to be in easy reach of our dogs should they require assistance. It’s nothing personal – our reach can only go so far!

Due to lack of history of the dogs, we do not have foster homes or adopt to families with children under 12 years of age.

For more information please review our foster F.A.Q. before you apply.

We are only replying to applications that meet our criteria.  Please check your junk mail folders – our replies often end up there!




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?

We do not foster out dogs to homes with children under 12 years old, due to lack of history with our dogs.

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.


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.


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.


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!


What is the average time of fostering?

With some special exceptions, we found that our dogs stay in foster care for an average of 6-8 weeks. This may vary depending on the time of year (I.e. December is very slow for adoptions)

I can only foster on weekends and holidays, can I still help?

YES! We are always in need of ‘temp fosters’ to help cover short term care. Sometimes the regular foster has a pre-booked trip and need help with caring for their foster dog, and this is when you would come in!

Please apply with the same foster application form and we can discuss this in your interview.

Note that you can go from being a temp foster to a full-time foster or vice-versa anytime if your situation changes.

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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    Redemptions Paws is a federal Canadian registered charity. Charitable Registration Number: 795539311RR0001