Foster

Foster homes are very important to our organization. Most of the time our rescue dogs have never been in a home, coming straight from the shelter, or their past is unknown. They may have come from a home and fostering allows the dogs to maintain that environment. Fostering helps us to find out more about the dog and that information often leads to the dog being adopted faster. Foster homes are able to tell us more information about the dogs; are they good with kids; good with cats and/or other dogs; are they housetrained; do they have lots of energy and need an active home or are they a couch potato and need a laid back quiet home? All this information can help provide a successful placement for our dogs.

For information on fostering or volunteering, please call 702-465-3395 or email .

Frequently Asked Questions

Interesting in fostering a dog for our organization? Here are some answers to some questions regarding our program:

What are the requirements for fostering?
  • You must be 21 to foster.
  • If you live with family or a roommate, they must also come meet the dog for fostering.  
  • If you rent, you must provide proof that you may have a dog(s) in the home and that there are no breed or weight restrictions and that you do not need to have prior written approval.  
  • We do require a credit card number to put on file. We do not charge the card.  
When can I start fostering?

Our foster program usually starts on Sunday’s around 3pm. You come down to our Adoption Center, located at 232 N. Jones Blvd, Suite 170, and see which dogs are available to foster. Sometimes we have fosters become available during the week and we would contact you directly, once you are set up in our program.

What if I have other dogs and or cats?

You will need to bring your dog(s) to meet the potential foster dog. If the meet n greet goes well, we send you home with the dog. We may know of some dogs that are cat friendly and others we may not. We will try and pair you with the ones we do know about or if you're willing to find out if the dog is compatible with a cat, we will give you tips on how to introduce them.

Introducing Your Foster Dog to Your Dogs (PDF)

Does it cost anything?

No, fostering for our organization does not cost anything. We provide you with a collar/ID tag, leash and harness, as well as a crate and dog food.  If the dog needs medical care, we provide what is necessary. We might ask you to provide transportation to and from the vet appointments, which are located throughout the valley.

How long does the fostering last?

Usually fostering is on a week to week basis, based on how long it will take the dog to get adopted. You are responsible for dropping the dog off at our adoption event on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 9-9:30am and then picking them up at 4pm on those same days, if not adopted.

What if I want to adopt the dog?

You have fallen in love and can’t imagine your house without this dog! Foster fails happen often. You would need to let us know by the Friday before the adoption event if you will be adopting. Adoption fees would apply. 

How do I sign up?

When you come in for your first potential foster dog you will fill out some required paperwork and a credit card number will be placed on file.  If you rent, we will need to see proof that you are able to have a dog in the home. Please check to see if you have any restrictions regarding breeds, age and weight limits and that you do not need to be pre-approved. 

Check out the paperwork that you will be signing when fostering. It may answer more questions you may have.

Helpful Documents

What Our Fosters Say

I have foster off and on for two years plus. I only foster small, female dogs because that is what my forever dog tolerates. I have fostered puppies, senior dogs, as well as severely overweight dogs. It is so rewarding to see a dog come alive with a little love and patience. It is not perfect...I have cleaned up pee and poop from floors, had dogs cower because they are not used to human positive interaction, a thing or two chewed - but so worth it to see a dog react and accept human kindness. All my fosters have been adopted, and it is with tears I see them go. It makes my heart glad to know I may have been a small part in their successful searches for new homes. I carry all of them in my heart.
Pat
I had thought about fostering dogs for years when I stumbled across AP4P while buying dog food one day. After talking to my husband we thought it was perfect timing and decided to give it a try. I always thought I wouldn’t be able to handle giving the dogs up after getting attached, but the first time I cried when a foster got adopted i felt an overwhelming sense of purpose. The feeling of knowing you helped save an actual life and that a dog who may have had a terrible past has a loving family in part because of you really can’t be put into words. When we fostered a dog named Bryce, we couldn’t even get him out of his crate to take him home. He would run from us at home and hid constantly. About two weeks later he came to me and let me pick him up, it was incredible. We learned a lot about being a pet parent, the rescue world, and ourselves. When we moved and had to take a break from fostering it felt like a huge piece of our life was missing. Fostering is one of the most rewarding things I’ll ever do, and I can’t wait to be able to start again.
Morgan & Conner
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