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Fostering

If you’re able to open our heart and home to help bring some dogs desperately needing a second chance, please fill out a foster application today.

Give a Dog a Second Chance

Ever wanted a dog but don’t want a long term commitment? Try fostering one of our rescues! They will cherish every moment with you and you get to teach them and love them in preparation for a forever home! We are always looking for help. We will find the perfect match for you to help get a dog out of the cold once we’ve reviewed and approved your application. Fill out an application today!

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“I have been following FTH on facebook for several years now and have obsessed over many dogs who have been available for adoption. I grew up with a family dog and wanted to foster to see how a dog would fit into my own lifestyle. Our first foster came to us as a shy boy that was not use to simple things common to city life. It was exciting to see him experience new things through his eyes and support him as he built his confidence each day. He quickly became a part of our daily routine. We had him for 6 weeks and it was bittersweet when he found his forever home. We miss having him around but know that he will continue to grow to his potential with his new family. As first time fosters, we were a little overwhelmed at first with a new dog but have had the support of the foster team who have helped us out every step of the way. It has been a rewarding experience and he has give us many laughs along the way! We are looking forward to welcome more fosters so that we can be a part of their journey to finding their forever homes.”

Vanessa Craven

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“Not everyone is lucky enough to find a passion in their life. I have always had hobbies and activities that I enjoyed; spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors and the occasional Netflix binge but I would never have called anything a passion until now. As my children got older and the chaos of everyday life seemed to slow, I found myself searching for something more fulfilling and meaningful to do with my time. About a two years ago, I was invited by a friend to be a part of the Finding Them Homes Rescue Facebook Group. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, I had always loved animals and the idea of helping out at rescue initiative in any way seemed like an amazing opportunity. Little did I know at the time just how much this would end up really mean to me.

My involvement with FTH started slowly, I had just lost my own amazing dogs very close to one another and I wasn’t quite sure if I was ready to open my heart to another one yet. I decided the best way to help was to ease myself in slowly, first with smaller tasks like cleaning out kennels and walking dogs then eventually I moved on to helping with meet and greets or vet visits. Before I knew it, I was a couple months in and I realized that this was what my life had been missing. I was finally ready for more, to do more, to be a bigger advocate, to give more of myself to this wonderful and rewarding rescue program. That is when I decided I would try my hand at fostering. I knew it would be hard, I knew I would grow attached and love each and every one of my foster dogs and I also knew it would hurt every time another one left for their forever home. On the other hand however, I also knew that every foster that left was going on to a loving home, I knew I could help them to learn and grow while they were with me and I knew these dogs needed me as much as I needed them. Now with almost a year of fostering under my belt, I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing.

I can truly say FTH has changed my life. It has given me a new purpose and a cause to stand up for. It has presented me with new personal challenges and helped me grow. It has been a reward and a way to bring my family closer together. It has presented me with new opportunities to travel (to the NSL spay and neuter clinic) and the ability to meet people I would have never been able to meet otherwise. But most of all it has given me a true passion. I will continue to be a part of this rescue for as long as I am able and I will always do my best to help in any way that I can.“

Crystal Lynch

Fostering FAQ’s

Does it cost anything to foster?

No, all costs are covered by Finding Them Homes.

What does the rescue provide?

The rescue will provide you with anything you will need, including: food, leash, collar, crate, toys, treats, dog beds, brushes, shampoo, baby gates. Anything else ask and we will be happy to let you know if we have it. Oh, and don’t forget unlimited support from other fosters!

The dog I get has to be friendly – can you guarantee that?

Unfortunately we cannot as we are often given very little information and it may not always be accurate. We do have a set of foster rules that when followed give both you and your foster dog the best chance for success! As well as a Facebook group where you can ask questions and support from other fosters.

Do I have to pay for the vet?

No, a board member will book your vet appointment at our vet and attend with you, you just need to show up with your foster(s).

I can only foster for a few weeks or a month, should I fill out an application?

As we are a foster based rescue and do not have a shelter or central location, we rely on foster homes to be able to bring dogs down south. The average time a dog stays in foster care is 1-2 months. It takes a lot of time and volunteer resources to on-board fosters so we do ask that you apply only if you are able to foster for 6 months minimum.

How are dogs assigned to fosters?

When you fill out your application you are asked what age, sex and size of dog you are willing to take. This along with other information such as if you have other dogs, cats or children will help us match the dog to you.

If I live outside of Barrie can I still foster?

While you do not need to live in Barrie, we require that our fosters live within one hour of Barrie including traffic and taking into account inclement weather. Fosters need to have reliable transportation and be able to bring their foster to vet appointments, meet and greets and adoption.

I want to adopt the dog I am fostering – what do I do?

If you would like to adopt the dog you are fostering, you will still need to go through the same adoption process as any other applicant. Please keep in mind that fosters do not get ‘first dibs’ when they want to adopt their foster dog. We ask that you submit an application once they are available for adoption and the adoptions team will be in touch.

What happens if I foster but it doesn’t work out?

If fostering the dog isn’t working in your home please allow FTH time to find a more suitable foster home (up to 7 days as per the foster contract)

I’m interested in adopting but want to foster to see if I/we are ready for a dog. What should I do?

Fostering is not a pathway to adoption, If you have adoption in mind, we would suggest reading the dog’s bios carefully as the provide a lot of detail and decide if that dog would be a good fit for your home.

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Not ready to foster, but still want to contribute your time?

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