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.

Foster Dog Bio Questionnaire 

Our goal is to relay the most up to date and accurate information to potential adopters which is where you come in, if you are already fostering a dog through SS Pets Alive please fill out this form so we can update your foster dog’s web page. We greatly appreciate you opening your heart and home to a dog in need and would like to do all we can to help that dog find their forever family but we can’t do it without you! Also, please don’t forget to send any photos or videos you have to

Dogs in Need of Foster Homes


Stevie is one smart, spunky guy with an adventurous side. He loves people and wants nothing more than to be your adventure buddy for life. Shelter life is rough on Stevie as he does not get the mental and physical stimulation he so desperately craves. Can Stevie come adventure with you while he waits for a forever family?


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Zeppo is a smart, silly boy who has been with us far too long. Since Zeppo arrived in our care he as mastered his basic obedience and we hope he will find his forever home soon. Zeppo hates kennel life because he would much rather be out and about with his people. Can Zeppo be your house guest?



Walter is technically a senior dog, but he hasn’t seemed to noticed. He’s a silly, adventurous dog who’s past all the puppy business. Walter doesn’t see all the well so the shelter can be a bit hard for him. We’d love to see him in a foster home where he can truly shine. Can Walter be your guest?



Roger has been with us awhile and we can’t quite figure out why? Everyone who meets him falls instantly in love. He’s a sweet boy who loves to be with his people and kennel life is no fun for him. We’re really hoping someone can open their home to Roger while he waits for his forever family. Can Roger come hang out with you?



Zena loves people! So much in fact we think she believes she is one. She’s looking for a family she can spend her life snuggling with! Shelter life is not her jam because it keeps her away from the people she loves! Can Zena come snuggle with you while she waits for a family?



Lily is a sweet girl who wants so badly to be with a family. Just look at those puppy dog eyes. We’d love for Lilly to go to a foster home while she waits for her forever family. We just know anyone would be lucky to bring her home! Can Lilly can relax with you?



Senior dog….. where?! Kai may technically be a senior, but he doesn’t seem to have got the memo. Plus all that really means is he’s past the puppy stage. Housebroken, check. Well mannered, check. We’d love for Kai to go to a foster home where he can enjoy the finer things while he waits for his forever family. Can Kai visit with you?

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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