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FOSTERING

I Dream of Home is an entirely foster-based rescue. Millions of dogs are euthanized in shelters every year for lack of space and resources. We do our best to save as many lives as we can, but we cannot rescue a dog without a foster home.  Fosters are the backbone and heroes within our rescue. As an approved foster, please remember there is no cost to you.  All vetting and supplies are 100% covered by the rescue.  All you need to provide is a little space and lots of TLC. 

 

That's where you come in.

 

Fosters guide our dogs as they take their first steps into freedom. Many of our dogs have been abused and neglected their entire lives, and a foster's main job is to show them love. We want to make sure that giving them love and support is all you have to worry about, so we provide everything else. This includes food, vet care, guidance, and other essentials.

We want this experience to be as rewarding for you as it is life-changing for your dog. We carefully match up foster dogs with foster parents based on your household's needs. We rescue dogs of all ages and sizes, so your foster will fit perfectly in your family.  Keep in mind, however, that foster dogs go through a lot of change in a short amount of time. Many often go into foster homes stressed or even traumatized. You have the privilege of giving them a safe, secure and loving home, so please have patience as they adapt. 

Finding a forever home operates on an unpredictable timeline. Some dogs get adopted in days, while some take years. It really does depend on how much time fosters commit to the process. If you decide that you cannot let your foster go, we do allow fosters to adopt. “Foster Fail” is a real thing; just let us know and we will happily discuss it with you.  The important thing to remember is that fostering saves lives, and by letting your foster dog go to a forever home, you free up space for another dog in need.  It truly is a rewarding experience.

 

As a foster, your main job will be to show your dog as much love as possible. Additional responsibilities include: 

 

  • Providing care and affection for your foster dog-- this includes socialization, healthy practices and some basic training.

  • Keeping your foster dog on a leash at all times, even in dog parks, as you learn about their strengths and social skills.

  • Always wearing an identification tag to ensure its safe return should your foster dog escape.

  • Spending a little extra time each day playing with your foster dog so that he/she is well-socialized when it’s time to move to its forever home.

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION

Are you ready to become a foster? Complete the application below and an IDOHR representative will reach out to you shortly to schedule a home check. Thank you, and we hope to meet you soon!

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