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foster a pet

Fostering a pet provides a win-win situation. By offering your time, love, and care, you save lives, make a difference in an animal's well-being, and gain a personally enriching experience. Fostering is an incredible way to contribute positively to your community, all while enjoying the unconditional love and companionship of a temporary furry friend.

What is fostering?

Fostering a pet is temporarily opening your home to a pet in need! We provide the supplies and you provide your home, love and attention while the dog awaits its new home. It’s that simple!

Why is fostering so important?

Our dedication lies in ensuring that every animal entrusted to us is given the opportunity to lead a fulfilling and joyful life.

Pets in kennel environments often experience high levels of stress, which can have detrimental effects on their immune systems, making them more susceptible to illnesses, and can also lead to undesirable behaviors. By placing animals in foster homes, we provide them with a less stressful living environment, which in turn accelerates their recovery, minimizes behavioral issues, and enhances their chances of finding a forever home.

Foster care not only allows young animals to grow and develop, but also provides a safe space for sick and injured animals to heal. Moreover, utilizing foster homes exponentially increases our rescue's capacity, enabling RDO to continuously assist those in need.

Our foster care program brings compassionate individuals and vulnerable animals together, offering them care and support in a home setting until the animals are ready for adoption.

why should you consider fostering a pet?

Fostering a pet is not only an incredibly rewarding experience, but also has countless benefits for both you and the animal. If you're unsure about inviting a temporary furry friend into your home, here are several reasons why you should consider fostering a pet:


By becoming a foster parent, you directly contribute to saving an animal's life. Fostering is an essential lifeline for animals. Taking in a pet temporarily opens up space in overcrowded shelters and increases the chances of finding permanent homes for other animals in need.

making a difference

Every animal deserves a comfortable and loving home, even if it's only for a short period. By fostering a pet, you have the opportunity to rehabilitate them and help them grow emotionally, physically, and socially. Your guidance can transform an anxious or neglected animal into a confident and loving companion—making a significant impact on their overall well-being.

testing compatibility

If you've been contemplating adopting a pet, fostering provides a valuable opportunity to test compatibility without a long-term commitment. It allows you to understand the responsibilities and dynamics of having a pet without the pressure of permanent ownership. Through fostering, you can assess if the pet's personality, energy level, or behavior aligns well with your lifestyle and expectations.

learning experience

Fostering a pet is an unparalleled learning experience. It offers an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skillset in animal care, behavior management, and medical needs. RDO staff and experienced foster parents provide guidance and resources, allowing you to gather valuable insights that can be applied to other pets or even if you decide to adopt in the future.

emotional fulfillment

The bond formed between a foster pet and their caregiver is incredibly special. Opening your home and heart to a vulnerable animal can be emotionally fulfilling. Witnessing their transformation, watching them overcome challenges, and experiencing their unconditional love can bring immense joy and a sense of purpose into your life.

increasing awareness

When you foster a pet, you become an ambassador for the rescue community. By sharing your fostering journey with others, you help raise awareness about the importance of animal adoption and fostering. You encourage others to consider fostering or adopting, potentially inspiring them to make a difference in an animal's life.

Join our mission by becoming a foster home!

Send us an email at to become a life-saving foster home or submit the foster application below.
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