How to Be a Foster for RHR

Fosters are the backbone of this rescue group. All of our dogs are housed in foster homes, so more foster homes means more dogs that we can save. Fostering is challenging, sometimes frustrating, sometimes heartbreaking, but always rewarding. If you have any questions about fostering or ready to foster, please contact our foster coordinator at

Here are a few FAQs by people interested in fostering:

Q: What exactly is a foster home?

A: A foster home is a person’s home where a dog in need stays to receive food, shelter, attention, love, and basic training.

Q: Where do the dogs come from?

A: The dogs come from a variety of places, but many come from shelters where they were either surrendered by their previous owner or they were found as strays. We attempt to gather as much information about the dog as we can from the shelter, but often very little is known about a dog’s history.

Q: Does RHR provide the veterinary care for my foster dog?

A: YES. RHR will ensure that your foster dog receives an initial vet check-up by our veterinarian and the age-appropriate vaccinations. RHR will also spay/neuter your foster dog. You live with your foster dog, so if you notice he/she is acting oddly or shows signs of an illness, contact your foster coordinator immediately and she will determine if a vet appointment is necessary. RHR will also provide monthly heartworm medication and flea and tick prevention as well as a dewormer if necessary.

Q: What do I need to provide for my foster dog?

A: The primary thing you need to provide is a safe shelter for your foster dog. We also ask that you provide the dog with some basic training (housebreaking, crate training, sit, stay, come) as well as general house manners (no counter surfing, jumping on new people is not the appropriate way to say hello). When it is donated, we will gladly pass on any food, treat, and toy donations that we receive. However, if the donations are not available it is the foster’s responsibility to provide a high-quality food for their foster dog. Crates will also be available to use for your foster dog if you do not have one, or have one large enough! Remember, everything you buy for your foster dog is tax-deductible, so keep your receipts.

Q: Isn’t it hard to give up a foster dog? Don’t you get attached?

A: Yes it can be very difficult to give up a foster dog, and if you get attached then you are doing something right for that dog. The thing to keep in mind is that for each of your foster dogs that gets adopted, you can turn around and foster another dog that needs to be saved. Unfortunately, there is never a shortage of dogs in need. Every once in a while, you will come across a foster dog that you just can’t give up, and THAT IS OK. You are welcome to adopt your foster dog at any time. In the rescue world, we call this a “foster failure” and most of us have done it at least once

Q: How long will I have my foster dog?

A: The answer to this can range from a week to a couple of years. RHR requires that a dog be healthy and altered before being adopted, and this can take a couple of weeks to several months depending on the level of veterinary care required. Puppies are typically adopted more quickly than adults. And special needs or older dogs can sometimes take longer to adopt out. Sometimes, there is a perfectly healthy, happy, and adorable dog that people love but nobody seems to want to adopt. These are puzzling situations, but they do happen. While we cannot guarantee the time frame that a dog will stay with you, RHR asks that a foster home keep the foster dog until it is adopted.

Q: Can I choose which dog to foster?

A: When choosing to foster for RHR, we will ask what kind of dog you are comfortable fostering (puppy, older dog, must be good with cats/kids, high energy, etc.) and we select a dog that fits the criteria you set forth. Dogs are selected by our intake specialist based on the overall health and temperament of each individual dog. We do our best to match each dog with the ideal foster home for that dog. Our intake specialist is experienced at evaluating dogs and will be able to determine the suitability of a dog to your situation better than a photo and an online description.

Q: Do I get to choose who adopts my foster dog?

A: You absolutely have a say in who adopts your foster dog. After all, he/she lives with you so you know your foster dog best and we love your input on any application we receive. RHR has a stringent adoption process that includes an application, references, and a home visit to ensure that the best home possible is chosen for each foster dog.

Q: What if I have to take a business trip or go on vacation? Can I board my dog?

A: If you give enough notice, we will do our best to find another foster who can “dog-sit” your foster while you are away. If you have a petsitter or a kennel that you typically use that you would like to use for your foster dog, you are welcome to do so (at your own cost) with approval from an RHR board member (such as your foster coordinator).

Q: I am ready to foster! Now what?

A: Contact RHR at and a RHR representative will contact you.

Thank you for your interest in saving a Rottweiler’s life! If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us at