Getting The Best of Both Worlds


Hunter unloading the toy box after a few days in his foster home. Hunter lived with his foster family for a few months.

Do you or someone you know want a dog to share your life with BUT:

  1. You cannot commit to a dog for its lifetime due to your age, your job situation, your future housing needs.
  2. You would like to have a dog, but the medical costs prevent you from having one.
  3. Your dog has passed away, and you are not ready to commit to another just yet.
  4. You enjoy walking and running -but don’t like to do so alone.
  5. You enjoy the challenge of training a dog, but don’t want to go through the “puppy” thing again.

If any of these apply to you, then maybe fostering a dog for rescue would be just what you are looking for. Unless a dog has a medical problem, such as Heartworm-fostering is usually for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. During this time the dog will need to be crate trained if it is not already, some require housebreaking, and some need to learn the basics of obedience and leash walking. They need to be socialized to different situations, such as taking to a pet store, having them greet strangers in your home-see how they are with other dogs and with cats if possible.

All medical costs are paid for by rescue-and it does require dog experience to be a foster home.

“I have been a foster home for the Chessie Rescue of WI for a little more than a year. I decided to foster after losing my Chessie, Marley (dog in the website header on the far right) after 14 years. I wasn’t ready to “commit” to another dog yet, but my house was too empty, too quiet and too lonely. I jumped in with both feet unknowingly by getting Lula as my first Chessie foster! If you have read any of Lula’s blog you will see what a handful she is! But don’t let that deter you, Lula is atypical. I have also fostered a partial litter of puppies (okay that was a handful too but they were only here for 4 days), Olivia, Hunter, Bubbles and Bruno. Each has been a great experience and makes my house very full of life. Each dog has brought me so much love, some challenges, new experiences and most of all satisfaction of knowing and seeing the difference that love, attention, a few manners and a safe haven can bring to a dog.”

– Pam Culver

If you think this is something you would want to try-please CONTACT US – we would love to discuss the option with you. Many dogs are passed over due to lack of foster homes-so if you love this breed-consider being a foster home.

Please contact Sue via email: Sue
Phone 920-954-0796
Fax  (920) 882-0495

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