FOSTER WITH US.
Stars and Stripes relies on dedicated foster families to make our mission of re-homing and rehabilitating at-risk dogs possible. Each dog is placed in a foster home for evaluation, veterinary care, and exposure to a home environment before they can be adopted.
Being in a shelter can be challenging, and some dogs struggle more than others. Unfortunately, their anxiety can manifest as behavior issues, making it harder for them to find adoptive homes. In a nurturing foster environment, they receive training, comfort, and the opportunity to shine as the wonderful pets they truly are.
Review some questions you may have about our foster process and experience.
HOW DO I BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?
To begin the process, please complete a foster application. Once we receive your application, we will review it, conduct a home visit, and contact your references. Please allow us a few days to complete these steps. Upon approval, you will be asked to sign a foster contract. When a dog needs a home, our coordinator will reach out to you for placement.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A WEEKEND SOCIALIZER?
On weekends, the dogs live with weekend socializers to gain the socialization experiences not found within a prison environment. Weekend socializers are responsible to provide age-appropriate socialization. When the dog is ready, they bring it to restaurants, libraries, the mall and as many different environments as possible. They also expose the dog to as many different situations including schools, busy pedestrian areas, traffic, other animals, and interaction with children.
WHY FOSTER WITH US?
Fostering offers a unique opportunity to experience dog ownership responsibilities without the long-term commitment or expenses. We carefully match each foster with a knowledgeable Foster Partner who provides training and guidance throughout the process. We provide donated supplies, transport assistance, and medical support at no cost to our volunteers.
Our program includes comprehensive training for both Foster Partners and the individual dogs, ensuring ongoing support for each foster. We value our volunteers as our greatest asset and offer educational seminars, events, and networking opportunities for personal growth and learning among like-minded individuals.