What does a fosterer do?

  • Provides a safe and stress-free home until adopted.

  • Takes dog to the vet (paid for by the rescue).

  • Helps socialize a dog to a home environment, other pets and people, if needed.

  • Helps with training to improve adoptability.

  • Helps assess a dog to determine an appropriate home.  

How long do pets need to be fostered?

Some dogs only need a foster family for a week or less if we are waiting on transportation or for the adopter to ready their home for the new dog. 

Others may need a month or longer while it receives needed medical attention, is being evaluated by the foster family for temperament and personality, or while we are in the process of identifying just the right home for him.   

It’s important for you to know that sometimes things don’t work out as planned.  A foster pet may need unanticipated medical care, or recovery time may take longer than expected. Pending adoptions can fall through or fail.  If you agree to foster and have a limited time frame or a pending vacation, etc., please discuss this with us up front so we can work through it.

What does it cost to foster?

DPRPA will provide any and all medical care that is needed for the dog. We'll also provide pet food and supplies.  All medications and preventatives will also be provided by DPRPA.

What supplies will I need?

DPRPA may be able to provide some of the items you will need.

  • Feeding bowls

  • Some method of confining the dog for possible quarantine and/or training purposes (a crate or baby gate)

  • Leash and collar 

  • Dog toys

What about my own pets?

If you would like to foster a dog and you currently have a dog or cat in your home, we will only ask that you foster a dog that we know does well with other animals.  


Can I keep the dog?

We know it's difficult to say good-bye and therefore many people choose not to foster, but DPRPA is there to support those who are willing to take on this selfless commitment to helping a dog in need.  And if you just really can't part with your foster dog, foster families always have the option of adopting them.  

What if my foster dog isn’t a good fit for my home?

DPRPA takes every precaution to fit the dog with the right foster home but we also understand that sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Perhaps your pets are not accepting your foster or the foster dog is afraid of your child, etc. We ask that you contact your caseworker immediately if you are unable to continue fostering a particular pet.

It’s may be a matter of life or death for many abandoned dogs.

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DPRPA does not have a kennel or shelter and relies purely on the compassionate devotion of its foster families.  We would love for you to join that network and be part of this rewarding experience by taking care of a homeless Doberman in temporary need of a home.  

You may be able to save the life of a dog simply by temporarily opening your home to one. It may be a mom with puppies, a senior dog, or a dog undergoing medical treatment before he can be adopted.  Without foster homes, we may not have the ability to take these dogs into our care.  A brief stay in your home is the difference between life and death for many of them.