Not Ready to Adopt? Are you Considering Fostering? Our foster program allows us to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals in Milwaukee.
Due to logistical reasons, all foster homes should be located within 30 miles of the greater Milwaukee Area. If you are not within our geographical area or able to foster, but would like to volunteer, please submit a volunteer application for more information about helping at any of our upcoming events.
Foster homes are the backbone of ANY rescue. Without our dedicated foster homes, we could not save as many dogs as we do. Dogs entering our rescue are assessed by an Foster Coordinator or have gone though an assessment at the shelter/facility. Once they are placed in a foster home, they will be seen by a vet, spayed/neutered and be placed up for adoption.
Fostering allows you to help a dog that has nowhere else to go. You will be able to have a direct effect on setting your foster on the path for a new and wonderful life. The feeling of satisfaction over doing something good is a wonderful reward.
What are the benefits of having Foster Homes?
They offer puppies/dogs a safe place to grow until they are available for adoption.
They give sick or injured animals a quiet home where they can recover from medical treatments.
They allow our animals to gain even more socialization than they would at a facility.
They provide us additional information about our animals to help us find a great match for their forever homes.
What are the requirements to foster?
All volunteers and fosters as well as family members must pass a background check. All animals in the home must be fixed and up-to-date on vaccinations. All fosters must also pass a home inspection. If you rent you must have landlord approval. We do not require a fenced-in yard.
How do I get assigned my foster?
We work with our foster to homes to find a dog based on what best fits their lifestyle and preference.
Will I be financially responsible for anything?
Canine Cupids will cover the expense of vet care, food, and other needed supplies for your foster dog. We often tell people that you supply the shelter and love, and we cover the rest.
How long will I have my foster?
It depends. On average, fosters stay in our care for less than a month or two before they are placed in their forever homes. We have had some dogs for less than 2 weeks, some for close to a year.
What if I have commitments occasionally that make it unable for me to foster full-time?
You can foster as your time and schedule permits. Obviously our goal is to place as many dogs in foster as we can so that we can continue to save more dogs. We always have other volunteer opportunities when your schedule will not permit you to take a foster, but you would like to still help.
What do I need to foster?
Large amounts of patience and love.
A willingness to accept a rescue dog as part of your family.
The willingness to evaluate temperament and reinforce basic commands (sit, stay, come).
A schedule that allows you to exercise the dog regularly and a safe place for the dog to stay while you are gone.
What will CC ask of me during fostering?
Your foster needs regular feeding, fresh water and a safe home. Most of all, a foster family provides the love and attention these dogs so desperately want. Foster families also provide insight to the dog’s behavior, attitude and temperament so that we can place him or her in the proper forever home. We will ask you to talk to potential adopters and ask your opinion on the fit of your foster with the applicant. If you have a meet and greet, your impressions on the “fit” of that dog with the family are a part of the approval process. The information learned from the foster home is invaluable to the future placement of the dog. Some dogs have a tough time making a transition, or they have a bruised spirit from their prior situation. A foster home can provide love, stability and care for the dog and help in the healing process. Other dogs are just fine, happy-go-lucky and have no transitional issues. Often foster homes will learn what types of things the dog likes or dislikes, such as loud noises, getting along with kids or other dogs or cats. All of this information aids us in finding the perfect home for the dog.
What happens if my foster needs to go to the vet?
Unless it is an emergency situation, you must contact the Medical Coordinator to determine where to make an appointment. A large portion of our operating budget goes towards veterinary care. We have pre-negotiated rates with certain local vets and clinics in the Milwaukee area and we encourage you to take your foster to these locations based on the need for the visit. CC will cover the cost of all vaccinations and other medical bills.
Will I have any other responsibilities?
We ask that you provide food and love. Some foster dogs have been through a lot and have special needs so they need extra patience. Many need to learn some basic obedience and to learn house manners. Occasionally, we have adoption events, and we will invite you to bring your foster. After all, this is where they will most likely meet their prospective adopters! We ask that you send us updates so we can update their bio on Petﬁnder, Adopt-A-Pet, and Facebook. Also taking photos!!! We need new pictures of them for the website. Take photos weekly, post them to your FB page and share in our group. Once an application is received and the application has been approved the Adoption Team will put you in contact with potential adopters so you can tell them more about your foster. However, if you are not comfortable with speaking to potential adopters, we will field the questions for you.
How can I help acclimate my foster dog into my home?
A crate or a separate room is always a good idea for your foster. If you don’t have your own, we have a supply. CC group members are always available to discuss any issues you are facing. Most problems have been encountered by someone who will offer their help. We will also put you in contact with a Foster Coordinator when you ﬁrst join the group to get you familiar with the process.
What if the dog doesn’t get along with my other dogs?
If the foster dog is not able to get along with your other dogs, cats or family members, we would work to place the dog in another home. Please understand if this situation occurs, that this may take some time as most of our foster homes are full. While we are working to ﬁnd another foster, it is extremely important to keep all the pets and family members safe which may mean separating them in a different room, in a crate, using baby gates, etc.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to fostering?
The advantages are that you are providing a valuable service; you are saving a dog’s life. Fostering is a way to enjoy companionship without making a lifelong commitment. You would be helping to rehabilitate a dog that may have been abandoned, neglected or even abused. It is also very rewarding to see a dog you have cared for, placed in a loving permanent home! You will also make some wonderful friends along the way. Many forever families will continue to send you updates and photos, year after year. The disadvantages are that it is very easy to get attached to the dog you foster and it can be hard to see them go. Of course, if you decide your foster dog is “THE ONE” for you, adoption is always an option.
How can I become a foster home?
If you are interested in fostering for CC, please ﬁll out our online application. Once you have been approved to foster, you will get an email invitation to join our Facebook that is set up privately for CC volunteers. You will receive the majority of your info from this group rather than individual e-mails.