Our Foster families are foundational to our success.  They offer rescued dogs love and comfort while waiting for adoption. We rescue many of our dogs from high kill shelters and these shelters often have very short time spans – sometimes as little as a few days – before an unadopted dog is slated for euthanasia. Our goal is to rescue these dogs from that fate. The more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save.

How it works

Each foster family provides a temporary home for a rescued dog until a permanent “furever” home can be found. Part of the goal is to give time for a dog to adjust or re-adjust to living in a home, and to learn socialization and good manners. For some dogs, the foster home also provides time to recover from an illness or medical procedure before he or she can be made available for adoption.

Foster Family Responsibilities

As a foster parent, you’ll be responsible for the basic daily care for your friend in your home. In other words, your job is to shower him with the love and attention he needs to prepare him for adoption into a permanent home.  Specifically:

  • Bring your foster dog to adoption events and introduce him/her to people who are interested in adoption.
  • Provide a safe, quiet environment free of stress.
  • Provide food, collar, leash, and other supplies (crate, toys, bedding, bowls, etc.)  If there is a surplus of donations, they may be distributed to fosters.
  • Administer any medications as directed by Big Dog Ranch Rescue veterinary staff and transport your dog to any Veterinarian appointments when necessary.
  • Provide daily mental and physical exercise suitable to the needs of your foster dog.
  • Provide potential adopters with accurate information about your foster dog.
  • Check-in with the Big Dog Ranch team on a weekly basis regarding the status of your current dog. 
  • Provide pictures, video's and stories about your dog with the goal of increasing adoption potential.
  • If medical treatment is needed, fosters agree to take the dog to a Big Dog Ranch Rescue approved Veterinarian clinic or hospital.  Other arrangements can be made if approved by Big Dog Ranch Rescue prior to treatment.  Any and all medical treatment must be pre-approved.
  • Communicate with the Big Dog Ranch Rescue team any behavior or medical problems immediately.
  • Obtain prior approval for any purchase made for your rescue if you are requesting reimbursement from us.    

Big Dog Ranch Rescue Responsibilities

  • Pay for medical care. All medical care will be covered by Big Dog Ranch Rescue if provided by an approved Big Dog Ranch Rescue hospital or clinic and prior approval is received.
  • Support our foster families in every way possible. 

How long will a foster dog stay in my care?

Time in a foster home can range from several days to several months. We’ll be able to give you a better estimate for your dog before you take him/her home.

General Comments

If, at any time, you feel that you cannot properly care for your Big Dog Ranch Rescue dog, please provide us as much notice as you can.  Hopefully it's a minimum of 48 hours so that we can then make room in our facility for your dog.  

The foster parent agrees that the dog remains under the jurisdiction of Big Dog Ranch Rescue and can not be abandoned, sold or given to a shelter, retail establishment or research institution.  The dog must be placed under the adoption guidelines of Big Dog Ranch Rescue and possession of the dog can not be transferred to another individual without permission from the Big Dog Ranch Rescue foster or adoptions team.

The foster parent understands that Big Dog Ranch Rescue has the right to remove the foster dog from the foster home at any time.


If you’re in the Southeast area and would like to join the Big Dog Ranch Rescue family of foster parents, please fill out a foster application.  Thank you!