order to be successful in our mission and to save
rescue dogs from high kill shelters, we depend on
our foster families to provide safe, loving homes
for our dogs until a furever home is found. We
could not survive without our amazing fosters and
because of them we are able to rescue wonderful dogs
that have not been given a chance at life, some of
them are just hours or minutes away from being
euthanized. We are limited by the number of foster
homes we have, meaning we can only rescue the number
of dogs that we have homes for prior to transport.
Our goal is to place our dogs with families in
loving homes which helps prepare them for a
successful adoption and provides Tailwaggers 911
with information that helps us find these furever
Fostering is rewarding work.
Placing these “unwanted” dogs into a temporary
foster homes with people who are willing to open
their hearts and homes allows them the time that
they did not have in the shelter to wait for the
right family to adopt them. Tailwaggers 911 only
places dogs in foster homes that are approved after
submission of a foster application. Tailwaggers 911
completes thorough checks on all volunteers to
ensure that our fosters share the same philosophies
and goals regarding rescue dogs. We do our best to
carefully match our foster dogs with foster families
based on what works for your household and the dog.
It is important to keep in mind
when considering fostering that transitioning from a
high-kill shelter environment to a foster home can
be stressful for many dogs. In your home, they will
have the chance to feel safe and secure, to feel
loved, to be nurtured, exercised, and socialized.
Tailwaggers 911 works diligently to find the right
home for our dogs from the moment we bring the dogs
into our rescue. Foster animals may stay in their
temporary foster homes from a few days, to weeks,
and sometimes even months until the right family is
found. We need foster families who can make this
What happens if you fall in
love with your foster dog and want to adopt? Well,
we call this a “foster failure”
happens, we understand as it has happened to many of
us. You can rest assured; we will work with you by
following the same process that we follow for all of
our adopters. We will ask that you fill out an
adoption application (found under the “How to Adopt”
page of our website) and wait for approval before
proceeding with the adoption process.
Providing care for your foster dog,
including socialization and some basic training. If
a dog has behavioral problems, we will work with you
to help correct them before adoption.
Providing unconditional love and
affection for your foster dog.
Providing updates on their progress in
your home in the form of detailed profile
descriptions and pictures that will be posted on our
website. We encourage our foster families to post
as many details/photos on our Facebook page, too!
Attending Tailwaggers 911 adoption
events/ meet & greets to help expose your foster dog
to a number of potential adopters.
For this reason, we require our fosters to live in
the counties highlighted on this
Understanding our Foster-to-Adopt (FTA)
program for adopters which is a five-day trial
period for adopters to take the dog into their home
and see if it is a good fit. The FTA program will
be reviewed with you by our foster coordinator, upon
approval for fostering.
Updating the foster coordinator with
any issues or concerns that arise while the dog is
in your home. We want to know if you need help and
will be there for you if you do!
Commitment to Our Fosters
work with you to help ensure the best possible match
for your family and your new foster dog.
We will provide necessary supplies
when you first receive your foster dog, including,
leash, collar, Tailwagger’s ID tag, dog food
(approximately a one month supply). We welcome any
fosters who are able to provide these items at their
own expense as we tend to have a need for these.
However, it is not a requirement to foster. We will
also provide a crate, when possible.
We provide routine and emergency
medical care in cooperation with veterinary clinics
that are approved by Tailwaggers 911, at no cost to
you. Routine medical care such as heartworm and
flea/tick preventative will be arranged with you
when records indicate the dog is due. All medical
records will be maintained by Tailwaggers 911.
We provide guidance and suggestions to
help foster families work through any issues that
We screen potential adopters prior to
approval for the safety of our foster families and
We hold adoption events each month to
help find and increase exposure for our dogs to
potential adopters and the community.