We all know that dogs cannot be rescued without rescue foundations, but what most people don’t realize is that rescues cannot rescue dogs without foster homes. People often sign up to foster for one foundation, decides they will foster one size, gender, breed or prefer puppies or medical cases. Whatever the preference is, if you have one spot open in your home (or gloriously lucky you, more than one) why not sign up to foster for multiple rescues, as many offer the same resources. It is important however that you select rescues near you so you can attend adoption events and make trips to the veterinarian. Fostering means, caring for an animal as if it’s your own until it’s adopted. Most rescues cover all basic costs of the animal, ie: medical needs, crate, food, etc. Some rescues even cover day care and walkers (please ask the rescue in advance if you need this). Once a foster fills out the foster application and is approved, the rescue will pair the foster with a dog.
Since RDMoC aims to drive a deeper connection between the community of dog lovers in Chicago and the Foundations that work to save them all. We decided to create this resource page to show you multiple options. More rescues than not don’t actually have a physical location and rely solely on foster homes to save dogs. So if you have decided to open your home to a dog in need, please consider signing up for more than one rescue. After all, it takes a village, so let’s be that village.
If you would like to fill out our form and help be connected to an organization, scroll to the bottom of the page for our “I’d like to know more about fostering” form.
***If you are a rescue that would like to have your information added to this resource, please contact us at email@example.com with your relevant information and rescue logo.
Why foster for Peace for Pits?
Volunteer rescue work is a challenge, but as with every challenge there comes rewards. In today’s world of animal welfare, organizations like our very own Peace for Pits is paving the way in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming of bully breeds. We are doing this through education and a solid support system within our rescue enabling our volunteers to reach out to the community.Fostering within the P4P’s family of volunteers not only gives you an opportunity to save the life of a dog in need, but to develop lifelong friendships within a network of dog lovers, professionals and advocates. Our community is here to ensure your fostering experience is a success not only for the dog, but for you. Our goal is to rehabilitate and re-home the dog, while educating and supporting you with all the best tools & advice available from the positive reinforcement training model. Happy, positive fosters produce happy, positive dogs! More information can be found here.
If you have found a dog that you are interested in – please fill out an application form by clicking here! Even if you aren’t ready to adopt just yet, please feel free to fill out a form so that we have your information on file. That way, when you find your soul pup, you will be ready to adopt!
It doesn’t matter if you live in a tiny apartment or a large home with a fenced in yard! We just care that our adoptables get plenty of love, attention, and exercise in their future homes!
Based on what you are looking for in a foster (i.e. if you have a cat, we need to find you a foster dog that is cat friendly!) we will make suggestions from the shelter of dogs we believe are best for you. Also please do send your Peace for Pits contact the dog you are interested in and we will evaluate the dog to ensure we are setting everyone up for success.
All fosters will be in constant contact with our amazing foster coordinator, Cerissa. Fosters will also be invited to join a private Foster/Adopter Facebook group, where you can share your rants and raves and get support from our network of volunteers and adopters! We set you and your pup up with the tools to be successful.
Resources! We provide vetting, transport if needed and we will start you off with:
Questions about fostering can be directed to Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org
Foster ProcessOur Foster Approval Process starts with completing our Adoption/Foster Application.
What We Provide
One of the best parts about fostering is that it is totally free! ALIVE Rescue covers all financial obligations associated with caring for a foster animal.
When caring for a foster animal from ALIVE we provide:
Any dog that ALIVE takes in that has been inside the Chicago Animal Care and Control facility needs to be isolated from other animals for 2–3 weeks to ensure they are not infected with anything contagious.
ISO fosters are homes where there are no other animals and are willing to help nurse these babies back to health. ALIVE provides all medical care and guidance for your ISO foster animal, all we ask is that you provide the home and the love to help work them through their ISO period.
There has been a surge of owner surrenders and strays as the weather has warmed up and currently, there are over 300 dogs at CACC. With only enough room for a little over 200, impossible decisions are having to be made every day to make room.
If you or anyone you know does not have any other animals and has ever been interested in fostering please help spread the word and encourage them to apply to Foster with ALIVE. Short- or long-term, anything helps!
Requirements + Responsibilities
We require our fosters to be at least 24 years old and live within a 10 mile radius of Chicago.
As a foster home for ALIVE Rescue, you will need to provide space, meals (food provided by ALIVE), basic training, exercise, and love for the animal. We will provide you with everything else you need. We ask that you provide us with regular updates on your foster animal so that we can use this information to find them a suitable forever home.
Do I have to pay to be a foster? NO! Costs are covered 100% by L.E.A.D. All you need to provide is a loving home and your time. All necessary medical care for your foster will be covered at one of our approved veterinary clinics. Additionally, high quality dog food, heart worm preventative, flea & tick protection, toys, leash, collar, and crate will all be supplied to y