How to Foster a Rescue Pet

Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue is always in need of quality foster homes for our rescue dogs. We are looking for all types of foster families. If you have a caring heart and a loving home for a rescue animal, you can help us save a life. Make a difference as a foster parent to a dog in need! You supply the love … we supply everything else!


HCW is looking for:

  • Year-round foster homes
  • Temporary foster homes (while other foster families are on vacation, for example)
  • Special needs foster homes
  • Hospice foster homes

We work with a network of foster homes where dedicated foster parents care for and nurture the dogs. We are looking for people who can care for our dogs as if they are a personal pet. With so many animals coming through our program, we can always match the right animal to your foster family/home.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent to one of our rescue dogs, fill out our Foster Application.


The Wonderful World of Fostering

Fostering a rescued animal is one of the most rewarding things you can do as an animal lover. Because of your kindness and patience, needy dogs get a second chance at finding their forever homes. Fostering not only allows our dogs to feel like part of the family but it also opens up a spot for another dog at our facility.


Our dogs come from all over, including:

  • Owner surrenders
  • Kill shelters
  • Animal abuse cases (hoarding, puppy mills, fighting rings)
  • Strays

Foster parents must be there to help with training and to provide unconditional love to each dog. Foster parents really are the key to helping us keep rescued pets until we can find the right human to adopt them.


What’s it Like to Foster a Dog?

Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding ways you can help. We have a dog for you, regardless of the level of care you are able to provide. While some dogs come in fully trained and housebroken, others may have special needs that require more from a foster family. Just let us know the level of care you are able to provide and we will work with you to find a good match.


Some dogs take longer to place into forever homes than others, and it can be very difficult to give up an animal that you have come to love once we do find a permanent home. For this reason, HCW feels the need to be up-front with any potential foster family about what to expect when providing foster care.


As our foster parents have all said, the rewards of fostering outweigh the difficulties. To witness a dog make the transition from bewilderment to belonging is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.


To become a foster for Heaven Can Wait, fill out our Foster Application.