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Become a Foster Parent!

Click here to become a foster parent.

Thinking of adopting but not sure you are ready for the commitment? Want to save a life and be rewarded in tail wags and kisses? Try fostering and become a part of Westchester Magazine's “Best Animal Rescue Group 2008”.

Pet Rescue does not have a shelter and relies entirely on the generosity of foster homes to care for our dogs. The number of foster homes we have dictates the number of dogs we can save.

Last year, Pet Rescue successfully placed over 800 cats and dogs into permanent, loving homes. This is thanks in large part to the work of our foster families who prepare our dogs for life as a proper family pet.  BUT there are always more dogs to save!

The average foster lasts just a few weeks and all dogs are screened for health and temperament. We provide basic supplies, veterinary care, and guidance. You provide love, training, and a home. The care and attention of foster families allow Pet Rescue to expertly match our dogs with prospective homes.

If you live in Westchester or Southern Fairfield counties and are willing to care for a foster dog, please submit an application and join the Pet Rescue family. Fostering is a fun and immensely rewarding experience you will never forget.



"What a love we have found in Doc! He is the perfect dog! Please know how grateful we are to you for your hand in bringing us Doc. We feel so blessed to have such a beautiful dog!"
- Celeste (Darien, CT)

"Olive (now Madison) is doing wonderfully so far. We wanted to say thank you for fostering her and letting us take her home!"
- Nicole & Michael
(Hawthorne, NJ)

"I want to give you an update on Charlie Brown, we kept the name. We feel very lucky to have him! We are grateful to you for rescuing him. He is a very special and lovely dog!“
- Robi (New York, NY)

"Thank you for everything you do for all the animals! It's obvious to us that you gave him a lot of love and attention - please know that we will continue the same."
- Lisa & Patti (Stamford, CT)

“There is nothing more entertaining and heart-warming than watching a litter of puppies at play and then falling asleep piled on top of each other. When I have fostered pups, I have gotten some of my best night’s sleep–partly because I'm exhausted but mostly because I'm so at peace knowing that these puppies who came here hungry and dirty are now warm, safe, and happy.”
- Judy (New Rochelle, NY)

"These animals come to you scared, hungry, and confused. With a little food, a cozy bed, and lots of love, they go to their forever homes with happy eyes, wagging tails, and a memory of your family that has changed both of your lives forever."
- Heather (Stamford, CT)

“The rewards of fostering have been endless: matching the perfect dog or puppy with the perfect family; helping that very shy dog blossom into a confident loving companion; teaching a dog that has been chained in a yard the joys of walking with a leash; showing a dog that is afraid of being touched that hands are loving and have treats...”
- Liz (Stamford, CT

10. Enjoy furry companionship without a lifetime commitment

9. Get out and meet great new people

8. Teach family members great life lessons

7. Learn more about dogs, behavior, grooming, and health

6. Enhance your own dog’s social skills

5. Increase your foster dog’s chances of finding a great new home

4. Help without spending money

3. Feel good about yourself

2. Teach an old dog new tricks – it is fun!



How long does fostering last?

The average foster dog is adopted to a wonderful, forever family in less than three weeks. Of course, there are exceptions to any rule.

Can I pick my foster dog?

Some of the dogs listed on the Pet Rescue website are already in foster care. New foster families are carefully matched to a foster dog based on criteria provided by the family during the screening process.

What happens if there is a problem with my foster dog?

Pet Rescue has both veterinarians and behavioral trainers to help foster families work through any problems with their foster dogs. If the situation is just not working out, foster dogs can be moved quickly to another foster home or temporary boarding facility.

Can I adopt my foster dog?

Foster families sometimes find it too difficult to let their foster dog go to a new home. While Pet Rescue would prefer you adopt out the dog and save another life by fostering again, we understand that this is not always possible. In these cases, it is permissible to adopt your foster dog. However, Pet Rescue asks you decide within the first three days of fostering if you will adopt.

Where do all the dogs come from?

Pet Rescue works with several high-kill shelters in the South as well as locally. Most dogs are picked up as strays off the street or turned in by owners. Failure to spay/neuter leads to an endless cycle of unwanted dogs and pups.

Click here to become a foster parent.