If we had more people willing to open up their home to dogs in need, we could save more

We are in passionate pursuit of a shelter, but until we then, we rely on our fosters to provide a crash pad for our dogs. The Shore Saves team greets each of our rescues, bathes them, settles them in, and conducts temperament tests to ensure we can intelligently match them with a foster.

All animals will have different needs. Some will need a quiet home for medical reasons. Some will need help with manners and basic obedience and some just need a place to sleep. We'll make sure the dog you foster is a good fit for you, your home, and your family.

In the end, it is never easy to say "goodbye" to a foster baby, but seeing them in their forever homes it all worthwhile. And there's always another one waiting to be saved!

Click here to fill out an application to become a foster.

Watch this video to learn more about how fostering works. We'd be happy to set up time for you to speak with one of our existing fosters and hear their experiences first-hand. Initiate a conversation by sending us an email at

Trust we'll match you with a good fit

  • When you sign up to foster, we will match you with a dog that has a compatible temperament, size, and age.

  • This is a real photo of one of our foster dogs snuggling with the foster family's forever dog, Penny!

The benefits of fostering

  • Have an animal companion without the lifetime commitment.

  • You'll save a life! Help an animal recover from an illness/injury, with medical expenses covered

  • Foster homes help animals transition from the stress of living at the shelter.

Responsibilities of a foster parent

Basic needs

Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment with food, water, toys, and shelter.


Monitor for physical and mental well-being. Provide exercise, training, and socialization.


Provide comfort and patience while your foster decompresses and gets ready for adoption.