Become a CPR Foster

Connections Pet Rescue will always need fosters. We cannot save these dogs unless we have a temporary home to place them while we find their forever home. You become their lifeline and their second chance for a better life! As a foster for CPR, all medical expenses are covered by the rescue. If you need supplies or food, that can also be provided. All we ask of you is to give your furry foster a loving home and the care they need to move forward in their next chapter.

If you are interested in doing something to help the dogs, fostering is a great way as it is a fun and rewarding opportunity. Ask anyone who has experience in fostering; there is nothing as rewarding as seeing your foster dog blossom in your care and seeing how happy they are with their new family!

We are looking for fosters in CA, WA, OR, and TX. If you are interested in fostering for us, please see our Foster Application below. Once submitted, the Foster Coordinator will reach out to you and discuss the next steps! We do require home and fence photos, as well as a vet check if there are resident pets in your home. The application process is fairly quick, and you’ll be fostering a CPR dog in no time!

Foster FAQs

What are the requirements to foster?

You have a safe home for the foster dog - CPR will request home and fence/patio photos. All resident pets up to date on vaccines and vet visits. Fosters must be at least 21 years old to foster unless in a household with a parent or guardian. Large breed experience is not mandatory. However, if you do not have large breed experience, we will ask you to do your research first.

How does it work?

Connections Pet Rescue has dedicated Foster Coordinators for each area. Your foster coordinator will be your main focal to provide you assistance and to answer any questions you may have while fostering. Your foster coordinator will also work with you to match you with the right foster dog based on your preference and household requirements. For example, if you have a cat or young kids;, you’ll need a foster dog that is good with cats or kids. Your foster coordinator will provide you with all the information about the dog before making a placement.

What are my responsibilities as a foster?

Provide a loving home for your foster dog. Work on basic training such as basic commands and leash skills. Work on undesirable traits such as resource guarding or house/crate training. However, if you are unfamiliar with the traits, you will not be placed with a dog that has these tendencies. We cannot always guarantee these traits will not show up while in your care. If it becomes an issue, let your Foster Coordinator know, and we will work together on those behaviors or place the dog in another foster home.  Take the dog to approved vet visits. If you are unable to do so, someone from the rescue can take the dog on your behalf. Evaluate the dog. Report back to the rescue with information on the dog’s personality and behaviors, the good and the bad.Speak with approved adopters to get to know them and tell them more about your foster dog. In the end, your opinion on what type of home the dog needs and you will be the deciding factor on which forever home they get to go to!

How much of my time will fostering take up?

Fostering a dog is like caring for a dog of your own. It is a commitment, and the responsibilities will depend on the dog and situation. Some dogs require more time and care, whereas others are a walk in the park. If you have a puppy, a medical dog, or one that has a traumatic past, they will obviously require more attention and patience. Your Foster Coordinator will work with you to make the best fit for your needs!

What kind of expenses will I have?

Connections Pet Rescue will cover all approved medical expenses. If you need food or other supplies, that can also be provided by the rescue. However, in some cases, fosters will choose to cover the food costs for their foster dog.

How long will I have a foster?

Some dogs will be short term fosters, and others may be long term. Your foster dog will be in your care until the dog leaves for transport to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) or until the dog gets adopted. If you are unable to foster the whole time, let your Foster Coordinator know so they can make arrangements to place the dog. If you need a foster break, which we encourage so you don’t get burnt out, let your Foster Coordinator know, and they will place you on a hold until you are ready.

What kind of dog will I be fostering?

Connections Pet Rescue focuses on large and extra-large breed dogs of all ages. We pull from high kill shelters in TX and CA and as well as take in owner surrenders from the PNW and TX. Your Foster Coordinator will work with you to make the right placement. If the placement doesn’t work, let your Foster Coordinator know, and we will find a new foster home for the foster dog.

Is it hard seeing my foster leave?

This is probably the hardest part as a foster. While you are fostering, you develop this love and bond to the dog, and seeing them leave you can be tough. But always remind yourself why you are fostering. You foster to give the dog a second chance for a better life. Seeing your foster dog bloom in your care and how happy the new family is with your foster is the most rewarding experience. We do have an alumni page for adopters to post pictures and videos of their CPR dog. It’s a great way for you to see how well your foster dog is doing at their new home. Just know that you were a huge part of your foster dog’s life, and you’ll both have a piece of each other’s hearts.

Can I adopt my foster?

YES! You can absolutely "foster fail". It is more common than you think. As a foster, you have the chance to adopt your foster dog until an adoption contract is in.

Further questions can be sent to

Please complete the Foster Application form and someone will get back to you shortly!