Dog Foster

(Hopeful Tails Dog Rescue)

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Position ID: V-OSH0091
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2023
Last Full Update: 16 Oct 2023

Opportunity Details: Dog Foster

Contact Lisa, Volunteer Coordinator, Hopeful Tails Dog Rescue; Email:

Main Resposibilites:

-Provide a loving, nurturing environment for the dog.
-Book and bring the dog to vet appointments.
-Provide some basic training (e.g. house training, crate training, basic commands, leash walks, etc.).
-Pick up the dog's supplies.
-Attend meet and greets with potential adopters.


-There are no financial costs to foster.  All vet and medication expenses and supplies (dog bed, food, crate, leash, collar, toys, pee pads, etc.) are covered by HTDR.
-HTDR provides continuous support to fosters through their assigned foster, medical and adoption coordinators.
-HTDR's foster community is connected through social media to provide support, suggestions and resources.
-HTDR works with fosters to match them with dogs that meet their preferences (size, age, temperament, etc.)
-Accepting a rescue dog is voluntary and fosters determine their availability.
-If a placement is not working out, an alternate foster will be found as quickly as possible.
-Assistance with transportation of dog and supplies can sometimes be arranged.

Frequently Asked Questions:

-Fostering typically lasts 3 to 15 weeks, depending on the needs of the dog.
-Foster homes can have children and other pets.  Pet vaccinations must be up-to-date.
-Condos and apartments are welcome as foster homes once it is verified that dogs are allowed in the building.
-HTDR currently has fosters in Toronto and several regions around the GTA.  Please note that veterinarian partners are mostly located in Toronto and around the GTA.
-Planning to travel? No problem.  Fostering works around your schedule.

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Benefits Why Foster? - Our rescue is 100% volunteer-based. We rely on our fosters to provide a safe environment for our dogs to help with their transition from being rescued to being welcomed into their forever home. Foster homes are vital in helping dogs decompress and setting them up for success. As a foster, you will provide dogs with the opportunity to become socialized and help determine their character, needs and abilities. Fosters play an instrumental role in ensuring that the most suitable home is selected for dogs, leading to a successful adoption. By fostering, not only are you saving a life, but you can feel confident that your contributions are making a difference to dogs in need.
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Suitable For Adults (18+)
Areas of Interest Animal Services
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Team Work ; working with dogs
Commitment Length Short Term - Fostering typically lasts 3 to 15 weeks and fosters determine their availability.
Dates and Times Fostering is a full time commitment once the rescue enters your home.
Seasons Year Round
Accessibility Not Applicable
Location Fostering is done in your home.
Number of Positions Ajax ; Pickering ; Whitby 
10 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Training on-going
Police Check Not Required

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