What Is A Pet Foster Parent?
Our pet foster parents provide temporary, in-home care for rescue dogs and puppies until they are adopted. In addition to love and affection, the foster parent provides basic care for the animals such as food, water, and shelter.  When fostering a dog, the pet foster parent may teach them basic house manners.  The pet foster parent may also be asked to transfer the foster animal to adoption events or to have potential adopters visit the foster animal in their home.  In the event that the foster animal needs veterinary care, or becomes ill or injured, the foster parent may be required to transport the animal to a designated veterinary hospital or office.

We can only rescue as many dogs as we have room for.  Local humane societies euthanize dozens of healthy and friendly animals each day due to limited holding space.  Not only do foster parents maximize the number of animals rescued, they also help care for animals that would be difficult to care for in a shelter or kennel environment such as puppies with immune systems not strong enough to fight germs, those recovering from surgery, or dogs needing a little extra one-on-one human time to work on behavioral rehabilitation.

​​How long is a foster period?

It is impossible to predict how long an animal will remain in foster care. Some dogs are adopted within 24 hours where others may take several months.

WHat if i can't commit to an extended foster period ?
Many of our dogs just need a quite home while recovering from spay/neuter surgery or a place to stay when they first leave the shelter.  Some foster parents simply “fill-in” temporarily for those out of town or away on vacation. The length of your commitment is entirely up to you.

HOW much does it cost to foster a pet?
All veterinary care is paid for by Richmond Ruff House.  Additional food, toys and treats will be supplied as available.  Crates will also be available to borrow during your foster period.

i already own a pet. Can i still foster?
Before you bring a foster animal home, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your own pets are up-to date on their vaccinations.  You may also wish to ask your veterinarian if your pets need any additional vaccinations.

can i adopt the dog i foster?
YES. Foster parents who wish to adopt the animal they foster go through the same screening process as adoption applicants.

HOW do i become a foster parent?

Simply CLICK HERE to complete our quick Volunteer Application and one of our staff members will call you back to discuss the best fit for you.

how much is your adoption fee?

The adoption fee is $195 for dogs and puppies.

What does the adoption fee cover?

The adoption fee helps pay for vaccinations (DHPP, Bordetella and Rabies), spay/neuter surgery, heartworm test (for dogs over 6 months), fecal check, microchip ID, food and any other medical treatment required while in our care.

do i have to have a fenceD-IN-Yard to adopt?

No. Although a fenced yard is ideal for exercise and safety, we also believe it is just as important to take your dog for a stroll through the neighborhood or your local dog park. Not having a fenced yard, or living in an apartment, will NOT disqualify you from adopting. However, it may limit the type of breed that would be suitable for your home. Our staff will work with you to make sure you have the right dog to meet both your and their needs.


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