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Foster with WRAR


Fostering saves lives.

Each year, over 3-4 million animals are euthanized in the United States at shelters across the country. Animal rescues groups have become strong advocates for these animals and their volunteers work tirelessly to save as many animals as they can. Through education, spay/neuter programs, and advocacy they try to curb the overpopulation of pets that inevitably leaves so many without homes.


Apply to foster today!

Thank you for your interest in fostering. Every foster home is a life saved. Please share the information you learn and tell others about how they can help, even if you cannot.


Why foster for WRAR?

Foster parents are a critical part of our program at White River Animal Rescue. Fostering saves dogs from unnecessary hardship and the stress of the shelter environment. In 2016, more than 200 dogs were adopted from foster care. Without our dedicated foster parents, we would not be able to offer these dogs a second chance at finding their forever family.

While fostering requires time and patience, the rewards are immeasurable. You will have the joy of knowing you have helped save a dog's life, and you free up resources within the shelter to help other homeless dogs. Watching your foster dog blossom in your care and eventually go to their forever home is truly an amazing experience.

If you are interested in fostering, please read through the information below. Please carefully review the information on this page to determine if our foster program is a good fit for your interests and lifestyle. Once you've reviewed the program information, you'll find information on the foster parent application process and training.


What does WRAR provide?  What do foster parents provide?

You provide the dog's’ basic needs—space, food, exercise, socialization, basic training and love. We provide a crate, bed, collar or harness, leash and toys; pay for all necessary, pre-authorized vet care; provide professional training support if needed; provide adoption promotion.


How long are dogs in foster care?

This varies greatly, depending on the individual dog. The duration can range from a few weeks to several months, with an average stay of two to three months. We ask that foster parents commit to fostering a dog for the duration of their stay in foster care. It is extremely stressful for a dog to go back to the shelter from a foster home. If a foster parent cannot continue to foster a dog, we prefer to try and transfer the dog to a new foster home. We ask that foster parents only request a transfer when absolutely necessary, such as an unexpected family emergency, significant changes in schedules or unforeseen difficulties in addressing a dog's specific needs.