Interesting in Becoming a Foster Care Provider?

Our foster care providers are volunteers who help provide dogs much-needed breaks from the shelter. Foster homes come in all shapes and sizes, and there are as many reasons people choose to foster as there are dogs in need of foster homes.

We need for foster families to help our dogs who have health issues, need a break from the shelter, or could use some work on their social or behavior skills before being adopted. No matter your lifestyle or current pets, we can help find the right match for your family. If you’re wondering what fostering is like, read the foster stories at the bottom of this page.

When you foster, all expenses are paid, including food. To learn more about fostering, please read on, and then contact us at and fill out our foster application.

Common Concerns About Fostering–And Our Responses

Unsure how fostering could possibly fit into your busy life? Have questions or concerns? Please read this helpful article.

Click here for resources for our foster families.

Still want to learn more? Read the SSPA Dog Fostering Handbook.

Foster Application

The first step in fostering is to complete an application so that we can match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle, family and current pets. Please fill out our Foster Application.

Dogs in Need of Foster Homes




Poppy is a wonderful, energetic young gal that is eager to experience new things and see new sights!! She is currently having a blast participating in playgroups with other playful dogs, and would love to land a foster home with a canine pal that wants to PLAY! Poppy is currently part of a court case, and will need a long term foster home.



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Ginger is a young, playful girl who’d really love to spend her time in a home as opposed to the shelter. She currently enjoys participating in playgroups with other well-mannered playful dogs. Ginger is currently part of a court case and will need a long term foster. Can you help this sweet girl spend this time in a loving home?




Sammy is an affectionate, silly, fun-loving girl. She loves to be with her people and was born to please. She hates her kennel and would really love a foster family while she waits for her forever home. Sammy is an easy going dog who only needs a little bit of play, and then she’s all about the relaxing. Do you have a comfy couch or dog bed that Sammy could relax on? Contact us today!




Mustang loves people so being in the shelter with limited people time is awful for him. He’s an incredibly smart boy who is quickly taking to all his basic obedience skills. We would love to see him in a home where he could continue to master his skills and get all the cuddles he wants. Can Mustang come hang with you for a bit?



Don’t let the name fool you, Grammy is a young girl looking for her forever home. She thinks people and belly rubs are just the greatest and would love a home where she can relax cuddled up next you. Her love of people is making shelter life hard on her  everyday she watches people walk by and she’s still here. Can Grammy  spend some time with you while she waits for her forever home?




This smarty pants lives for learning and pleasing his people. All he really needs in life is someone to spend some quality time with wether it be walks or cuddles. Rusty has been with us awhile now and the stress of being in a kennel is wearing on him. Can you open your home to Rusty while he waits for his forever home?


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Athena has been with us far too long and we’re not sure why because she’s the sweetest girl. She has successfully lived with other dogs and is house-broken. She lives to snuggle; either with you, or she’s perfectly content to snuggle on a bed/couch. This easy, low-key girl is really just looking for a home to relax in. Can Athena be your guest until she finds her forever home?




This amazing girl thinks people are hands down the greatest thing in the world. She lives to please and put a smile on your face. The shelter is a tough place for a dog that loves people as much as Posey does. We would love to see Posey in a foster home where she can be the only dog and spoil her people with love? Can you open your heart to Posey?




Pocky is a silly, sweet girl who loves meeting new people  she’s still looking for her forever home, but kennel life is not for her. Pocky would much rather be in a home where she can be by a persons side. Got a couch she can snuggle on? Well she doesn’t need much else. So what do you say? Can Pocky relax with you until her forever home comes?




Grape is full of personality and can’t wait to meet you to show it off! She loves people and enjoys meeting new people. She’ll steal your heart as soon as she looks at you with the adorable mug, but she’s been in the shelter for awhile and we would love to get her in a home. She doesn’t need much, just time to play then cuddle. Are you ready to meet Grape?



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Klay & Larry

Package deal alert! Looking for two dogs? Well then why not adopt a bonded pair? Klay (GSD) and Larry (chi) came into the shelter together and would love to stay together. They have been with us awhile now and we would love to see them able to relax in a home. Can you open your home to two dogs while they wait for that perfect special home?




Bubbles was clearly well loved before he ended up with us, and he would love to get back to being a family dog. Each day he becomes more and more miserable as he waits for his forever home. As a foster you could provide the crucial cuddles this boy so desperately craves. Can Bubbles cuddle with you while he waits?




Fez is struggling with shelter life because he is an adventurous boy who loves life! We would love to see this silly boy in a foster home where he can flourish and see how fun life can truly be. He is looking for an adult adventure buddy. Hiking, yes. Jogging, he’s in. Are you looking for a new furry friend to take on your hikes? Then check out Fez.




Trevor loves meeting new people, and enjoys getting his play on. He’s one gorgeous boy, but unfortunately he does not show well in his kennel because he hates it there! We would love to see this gorgeous boy wait for his forever home with a foster family that can give him the mental and physical stimulation he needs. Can Trevor hang with you for a bit?


Are you able to provide long term foster? 

Did you know that we have several dogs with pending court cases? They would much rather wait in a home than in a shelter kennel. If you have a little extra room in your heart and home please consider helping a court case dog. Email us today for more information.

Additional Dogs Needing Foster:

We have several dogs with pending court cases. Each of them are special and overdue to know what it’s like to be loved. It is unknown how long their cases will last, but we know it’s too long to live in a lonely shelter. If you are interested in being a very special foster for one of these very special dogs, contact us today.

We have a packed shelter so getting any dog into foster is helpful. Contact us today, and our counselors can match you with a dog to foster that fits your family, life style and current pets.

Some Important Facts About Being a Foster Care Provider:
      • no experience necessary; we will provide support and training
      • all supplies and medical care provided, so no expense falls on the foster provider
      • length of foster commitment can vary from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the needs of the dog
      • you get to choose the dog you take home with the help of someone familiar with the dogs; dog placement is based on the needs of the foster care provider as matched with an individual dog
      • fostering one dog does not commit you to fostering more dogs in the future, but once you try it, we bet you’ll be hooked!
      • it’s okay if you work full time; many dogs just need a safe, quiet place to stay, and we will work with your situation to find a dog who meets your need


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