Fosters are what make our organization go, go, go! The more fosters we have, the more pups we can welcome into safe, loving environments before they are ready to be adopted into permanent, forever homes.
The LSAR Foster Program is simple: We supply the pet, just add food, shelter and love! We will take care of all approved veterinary costs (including medications) for your LSAR foster pet. We just ask you treat them like one of your own; give them food/water, a soft, safe place to lay their head, and lots of love.
You do not have to be a dog whisperer to apply! No degree or special training is required. But make no mistake, fosters are indeed very special people! Fosters must be loving, patient, giving and dedicated. If this sounds like you, we'd be delighted to have you on our team!
Please note: A complete (and approved) application, as well as a home visit are required to join the LSAR Foster Program. We are currently "recruiting" fosters within our service area only. Please apply to foster if you currently reside within Texas or Oklahoma AND meet the requirements listed below.
All pets currently in your household must be:
up-to-date on vaccines
on heartworm prevention
We hold our Fosters to the same requirements as Adopters. We will, however, make a concession for legitimate breeders or homes with show dogs. If you have any questions about these requirements, please Contact us before submitting an application.
If you have extra room in your home and heart to share with an Aussie in need, please fill out a Foster Application TODAY!
We ask fosters to supply the basics for their foster pet. If you already have a dog in the house, you are likely to have many of these items on hand already. These items may include dedicated food and water bowls, food/kibble, collar and leash. If possible, a pet bed or kennel may help a pet feel welcomed and provide a safe place for them to retreat when needed. You may even want to supply a toy and treats to make your foster pet feel special.
As a foster, you'll be responsible for your foster pet every day. This means making sure they have food and water, are exercised as needed, and are cared for and safe. This may include transporting them to and from the vet for checkups or treatment, as directed. Its also important that foster's provide updates often and communicate about their foster pet's status. When a pet is ready for adoption, foster's will need to provide photos and a description of their foster pet's personality, behaviors and needs. We will facilitate the adoption process and work with you to meet prospective adopters and select the best match.
The length of time a pet stays in foster care varies. Some foster pets are ready for adoption in just weeks and others may require more care that may lengthen their stay due to a necessary treatment, procedure, or rehabilitation. We will work as a team to ensure each foster is capable of taking on a particular foster dog at a particular time. We do want our rescued pets to enjoy a stable environment while in foster care, so to avoid shifting a foster dog between locations, we ask applicants and existing fosters to be honest and realistic about their capabilities and schedules.
WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED TO HAVE TO FOSTER?
WHAT "DUTIES" DO FOSTERS CARRY OUT?
HOW LONG DO PETS STAY IN FOSTER CARE?
CAN I FOSTER TO ADOPT?
Fostering prior to adopting is a great experience! Its a nice option if you'd like to adopt, but want to "dip your toe in" first. Some folks choose to foster with the intent to adopt to ensure they are ready to adopt an Aussie or add another dog into the household. Fostering to adopt may also happen unintentionally! It is not uncommon for foster parents to absolutely fall in love with their foster pet and want to adopt them. As a foster, you'll have the first opportunity to adopt your foster, if desired.
WHAT IF I'D LIKE TO FOSTER, BUT HAVE LIMITATIONS?
Just like foster pets, we understand foster parents also have different needs and circumstances. Different folks and homes may have different strengths and be better equipped for some foster pets more than others. For example, perhaps your existing pet does not care for male dogs and you'd like to foster female dogs only. Whatever the case may be, please share your needs with us in your application, so we can match you with a foster pet best-suited for your home.
Curious how the foster signup process works? Each rescue is different, so we have outlined the steps below so you know what to expect.
Performed for all household members (anything more than a misdemeanor in the last 5 years will not be approved)
Our team will review your application to evaluate if your lifestyle and home are ideal for one of our foster pets
VIRTUAL HOME CHECK
When requested, please submit pictures of your home and yard (inside and outside) for review
We will contact your veterinarian to verify vetting/care for any current pets
We will also contact and interview the personal references you supplied in your application
We will, of course, also be calling you to ask you questions and elaborate on your application responses
PHYSICAL HOME CHECK
We will schedule a time with you, so one of our volunteers can stop in and do a home visit
FOSTER APPLICATION PROCESS
Letter from a Foster
As a head-over-heels-in-love Aussie owner, I wanted to do my part to support rescue efforts to help this intelligent, loving and (sometimes devilishly) smart breed. I had the opportunity to welcome my first foster dog, and while unsure of how the experience would unfold, I knew it was something I really wanted to do.
Our foster arrived scared and unsure, but we were in this together. We worked with him to slowly build trust and got him the veterinary care he needed for a neglected knee injury. We played. We cuddled. We learned, together.
In just one month's time, he was ready to continue his journey with a new loving family, with whom he now has a wonderful life!
He was with us briefly, but it was an experience we will never forget. We were all changed for the better and we were pleasantly surprised to see our own dog's nurturing side emerge toward her new, but temporary companion. We just can't believe how he transformed in front of us! This amazing dog that otherwise would've been helpless in the shelter environment.
Our foster pup will always have place in our hearts!