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How to Become a Foster

Do you want to become a Foster Home?

Thank you so much for your interest in fostering! We have a tremendous need for more foster homes and would love your help. Foster families are the key to our ability to rescue and rehabilitate giant breed dogs and there are always more dogs that need our help than we can accommodate.

The first step in getting approved to foster is to fill out an application. Once we receive your application, it will be passed along to our application committee and the next step will be a phone interview, followed by a homecheck where one of our volunteers will come to your home and bring a giant breed dog with them so you can get a feel for what it is like to have such a large dog in your home. They will take a look around your house and yard to make sure it is a safe and healthy environment, they will get to know you and the rest of your family (or roommates) and your existing pets, and they will educate you about the breeds (health risks, feeding, exercise, temperament, training, vet care, etc). Once the homecheck is completed, you will be contacted by a board member and we'll let you know if you have been approved.

If you are approved, you will be asked to attend an initial training class with our Animal Behaviorist to prepare you for any and all behavioral issues you may encounter as a foster home. You will also be required to attend quarterly training sessions (behavioral and medical) to keep up your skills and provide you all the tools you will need to be successful. Big Dogs Huge Paws officers, directors, and our behaviorist will also be on-call as needed for questions or concerns at anytime while you have a foster dog in your home.