Dog and Puppy Fostering

Dogs and puppies of all ages need foster homes for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Underage puppies
  • Mother dogs with puppies
  • Sick/ill dogs and puppies
  • Dogs/puppies who need socialization
  • Dogs who need to be promoted for adoption

JHS provides all necessary supplies and veterinary care.

Ready to start?
Puppy Foster Application
Adult Dog Foster Application

Dogs and Puppies in Need

Underage Puppies and Nursing Moms

Occassionally, we receive puppies under 8 weeks of age. They cannot stay in the shelter must go to foster homes. These puppies need a range of care. Some must be bottle fed every 2 hours, some are learning to eat and some can eat on their own.

The age of the puppy will determine how much time and attention it needs. We use these categories:

  • Bottle Babies – 0-4 weeks, eating formula from a bottle, need to be fed every 2-5 hours
  • Mush Babies  5-6 weeks, learning to eat on their own, may need supplemental help with a bottle
  • Eating on Their Own – 6-8 weeks, need access to fresh food, water, indoor space to potty, toys in an enclosed space and lots of human interaction
  • Nursing Moms and Babies – Dogs and puppies up to 6 weeks, the mother needs an enclosed space and food, water, and soft bedding so she can raise her babies


Sick or Injured Dogs and Puppies

Dogs and puppies who may have a common cold, a skin condition or a broken bone will heal much faster out of the shelter. They need a safe, enclosed space away from other pets and a loving foster parent.


Dogs and Puppies Who Need Socialization

Sometimes a dog or puppy may arrive at JHS who is nervous around humans. A foster home will help us learn more and find the best placement. A foster home can also provide positive human interaction.


Adult Dogs

These are dogs who have been overlooked in our adoption center or dogs who are not adjusting well to the stress of the shelter.  As a foster to these dogs, you agree to take them for a given amount of time and market them for adoption.

Check out our Dog Day Out and Shelter Staycation programs if you’d like to take an adult dog on a field trip or host a two-day staycation for a pup in your home!

Khavi enjoying a day out in her Adopt Me gear.

Ready to start?
Puppy Foster Application
Adult Dog Foster Application

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