Become a Foster

Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster for Big Bones Canine Rescue! Fostering can be a very rewarding experience.  By fostering, you will provide puppies and dogs the attention they need to transition from shelter life to a home environment. This can help prepare them for a successful forever adoption!

Bonus: You get to play with puppies without a lifelong commitment!

Fostering Saves Lives

As you may know some of the dogs we rescue come from backgrounds of abuse, neglect, and even hoarding cases. They have spent most if not all of their lives without having basic needs met.

All of our dogs need a lot of love and care, especially dogs coming from a negative background and this is why we need foster homes. Our foster families are loving, compassionate, and patient individuals who are making all of the difference in the lives of our rescues. After their time in foster care, they will be ready for their forever homes and miles ahead of where they were when they came into our care.

Help us by fostering today!

What we provide to fosters?

  • Kennel
  • Food
  • Bowls
  • Toys
  • Training Help
  • Support

FAQ's About Fostering

Rescue is dirty.  No doubt about it.  Ideal candidates will understand that dogs pulled from high kill shelters will be dirty, possibly flea/tick ridden, exposed to a myriad of diseases such as kennel cough, and their behaviors unknown outside of a shelter environment. 

Fosters need to be flexible in their expectations and open to working with the dog until their forever home is found. Sometimes dogs are adopted very quickly, while other dogs may take months or even years to place into a home. 

Fosters will need to be comfortable communicating and meeting applicants to determine if they are a good fit for their dog.  They will need to have a Facebook account to communicate with other volunteers and fosters and they will be provided a foster mentor to guide them through the process.

BBCR provides all vet care. We ask that fosters provide bedding, toys, love and a little TLC!  Oftentimes, depending on availability, BBCR is able to provide crates and food for your foster dog.

Our fosters find that the experience is very rewarding and can’t wait to find the next foster! Each dog has a different personality and different needs. Seeing them grow in your care and then thrive with their forever families can be an amazing feeling. Though it is true that first time fosters often find it difficult to let go of their first foster, we promise it’s worth it! After saying goodbye and sending one dog off to their forever family there will always be another dog waiting in the wings to give you a big smooch hello. “One and done” fostering can be draining on our volunteers and resources so please consider that prior to applying. It would be best if you can make a commitment to fostering multiple dogs so that our organization can continue to bring in more dogs in need.

Yes! Your pets will need to be dog friendly and up to date on vaccinations.

Yes! We do temperament tests on dogs prior to entering foster care. You should keep in mind some dogs may be best suited for older children due to age, size and temperment.

If you need to leave town and cannot take your foster with you please reach out to us and we can work out a temporary foster.

Work full time? Have a small apartment? Have a small yard? Live in the mountains? At BBCR we have all kinds of dogs for all kinds of people and families.

Become a foster!

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