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Foster Program

Committed Foster

Fostering a rescued dog is a very rewarding experience. When Friends of Dogs takes in a new dog, they are immediately given "the works." This includes vaccines, spay/neuter, micro-chip, heartworm test, flea & tick medicine, and any other medical treatment necessary. When a dog is pulled from Guadalupe County Animal Center, they are often saved from the euthanasia list.

The foster home provides lots of TLC and good food and treats for their foster pet. They also help teach proper manners, such as house-training, crate-training, etc. If possible, we ask the foster parents to help transport their foster pet to adoption events and to the vet for follow-up visits when necessary. Friends of Dogs pays for vetting costs, but appreciates any donations that friends, family, or fosters wish to make!

A committed foster cares for a dog until it's adopted. Learn more here.


Harper was fostered for 2 months until he was adopted in the Pacific Northwest.

Short-term Foster

Short-term fosters care for a dog for a known period of time. There are several reasons for this need:

  • If our fosters need to travel, it's helpful to have dependable, experienced short-term foster dog "sitters" we can use.

  • If a dog is tagged by another rescue, we can utilize a short-term foster to get the dog out of the shelter until it can go to the new rescue partner. 

  • If a dog is going on transport to the Northeast, short-term fosters get the dog out of the shelter, help with vetting & help prepare the dog for transport.

  • During the holidays, short-term fosters can help us get ahead of a backlog of dogs brought in to the shelter, freeing up much needed kennel space.

Short-term fosters are vital to our rescue program. Learn more here.


Scrappy waited in boarding for his transport up North to his new home. He would have much preferred

a short-term foster!

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