How to Become a Foster

Below are the general guidelines for foster care. Once you've read and understood the expectations of an SCL foster, download the forms at the bottom of this page and return them to us. And thank you for your interest in joining SCL.


  • Ideally, a foster volunteer should have some general experience with dogs. You should be familiar with basic dog care and training. You should be familiar with the breed.
  • Short term fosters will usually be 2 months or less. They will usually pertain to mothers with litters of pups or dogs recovering from surgeries or illnesses.
  • Long term fosters will be for dogs who are in training and will require monthly reports of their progress in training.
  • You will need to provide basic care such as food, water, shelter and exercise.
  • If the dog is sick, you might have to give medication. Most important is love and patience. Your foster has been through some stress, he may be confused and anxious. Often dogs from the shelter are shy and easily spooked. They often need a longer settling in period.
  • We encourage you to have your current pets up to date on their vaccinations, as it is possible that your foster could be harboring some disease and it isn't fair to unnecessarily risk your own pet's health.
  • Make sure that you have a collar and ID for the foster dog. They will also have a microchip traceable back to SCL. Please notify SCL immediately if the dog is lost or missing.
  • Recognize that you can't save them all. Learn to say no. You have other commitments that take precedence at times - family, job, your own pets. If you try to do too much, you will burn out way too soon. You will need to be selective about which dogs you will take and realistic about how many you can keep at one time. Above all, don't feel bad about wanting some time off between fosters. You deserve it.
Foster form:
After application approval, fill out:

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