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What does fostering a dog involve?

When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home  and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a  predetermined period of time or until the dog is adopted.

Why do adoption groups need foster homes?

There are many reasons a dog might need foster care. Some of the most common include:

  • The rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found. This can take an average of 3 to 4 weeks.

  • A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.

  • A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.

  • A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.  Sometimes, fearful dogs are too scared to eat. Some dogs too depressed to eat.

  • A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized (puppy mill dogs).

  • The dog is showing behavioral issues and need guidance and training to set them in a better path to finding a forever home (a certified trainer/assistance is available in such a case).


Why should I foster a dog?

      Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal           in need  temporarily into your  home  you are:

  • freeing up a spot so the rescue can take in another dog from a pound.

  • giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.

  • helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.  A write up, description and pictures are given to the rescue so they can advertise and match the dog up the best way possible.

  • socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people and situations.


What else do I need to know about fostering?

  • Snookie’s Society will be responsible for approved medical, training assistance or equipment (harness, citronella collar...) or other approved expenses associated with the foster dog in my care. Please check with representative as we often have additional supplies that we can pass along. Please see foster application for further detail and information regarding this.

  • Snookie's has their own partnerships with several approved and pre vetted veterinarian clinics in Toronto, Milton, Scarborough and Richmond Hill.  In British Columbia, our veterinarian clinics are located in Vancouver and Langley.

  • The foster home agrees to provide high quality food for the foster dog at their own expense.  Treats, toys, beds etc…. Is also the responsibility of the foster home.  The Rescue will try to help with these incidentals wherever possible. We do receive food donations but sometimes depending where you are located, it is geographically difficult to be able to drop off and pick up food for each foster home all across Ontario.

  • Commit in keeping the foster dog in your care until it has found a forever home. We understand that sometimes a volunteer’s situation can change but please look ahead if you are planning a holiday or starting a new contract before taking on the responsibility and not being able to follow through.  We will always try as much as possible to match you up appropriately to the new foster dog.  We ask an average of 3 to 4 weeks of foster time.  This also depends on the adoptability of the dog in your care.


How do I sign up to foster a dog?
Please contact us at 


We ask that you fill out the foster application and, if you are approved (application, reference check and home check), we will work with you to figure out the right foster dog for your household and we go from there!     


We are also looking for foster to adopt families as well. This is the best way to go if interested in adopting one of our international dogs. Please contact us for more info!


Snookie's provide training for all our families through reading material (manual),

training videos, and training at the EduCanine Center.  During Covid 19 restrictions, we are currently offering training through webinar with a certified dog trainer. A recorded session is provided so you can go back to it when needed.  We follow up with a Q & A session in the end to help answer any questions you may have.      


All families selected to to adopt one of our dogs are required to undergo introductory training.  This includes; Reading a manual, participate in a live webinar KEYS TO RELIABLE TRAINING with a certified dog trainer, Videos on Communication and additional material which might help transition your new dog to your home.


Please send us the foster to adopt form if you would like to begin!

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