Help Us Save Lives Through Our Dog And Puppy Fostering Program!
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Puppies come in various shapes, sizes, and with different needs. If you’re new to fostering dogs, we suggest starting with older puppies (around 8-12 weeks and above) or dogs healing from an illness/injury. Many people might think they lack the space and resources to foster, but all you really need is a designated area, like a room or another closed off area in the house, especially for younger puppies!

What We Provide

We take care of a lot of the necessities when it comes to fostering. If you find a puppy or a litter, they should be brought to the shelter right away for an initial check-up, and you’ll need to register as a foster provider. This ensures the puppy/puppies receive initial veterinary care, vaccinations, deworming, and microchips once they’re old enough. Additionally, we aim to provide all our bottle-fed puppy fosters with supplies like puppy milk replacer, bottles, and nipples. We’re also working on putting together puppy kits for our bottle-fed fosters, so you have everything you need conveniently packaged in one kit!

Here are the essentials that HSNBA provides:

  • For bottle babies: Puppy milk replacer, bottles/syringes, and nipples. We also have warmers available if necessary.
  • Food: When required, we can supply food to our foster caregivers.
  • Fecal examinations and initial, limited dewormers (other dewormers available if needed and when seen by a vet): HSNBA will maintain parasite protection throughout the fostering period
  • DAPP Vaccinations starting at 6 weeks old and repeated every 2-3 weeks until adoption or maturity: HSNBA handles booster shots throughout the fostering period. All routine veterinary care (vaccine boosters, deworming, and flea protection) will be scheduled at HSNBA.
  • Rabies Vaccination: If the puppy is old enough, healthy, and meets the weight requirement, they’ll receive a rabies vaccine. However, if time constraints or other factors prevent this, we’ll arrange for it as soon as possible after adoption.
  • Microchip & Spay/Neuter Surgery: State law mandates that all shelter animals are microchipped and spayed or neutered, which is compulsory. Once a surgery clinic becomes available, you’ll receive an email notification with a scheduled date, and you must bring the foster puppy/dog on the surgery day, between 7:30 and 8 am. The puppy will be ready for formal adoption later that day, usually after 4 pm.
  • Limited, extra vet care if needed and we have the additional funds available: If the puppy/dog requires further medical attention, the Program Manager must be informed, and arrangements will be made with a shelter-affiliated veterinarian. If the foster prefers to use their own vet, they’re responsible for all costs, and the Program Manager should still be notified to update the animal’s records.


Foster Application

What We Expect From Our Fosters

In order to provide the best outcomes for the dogs in our care, HSNBA may have to be flexible when it comes to our usual procedures – typically, all pets are microchipped, given a Rabies Vaccine and spayed or neutered PRIOR to adoption. However, if the shelter is overcrowded, and/or behind on vet services, or if the dog is not well or old enough to receive these vet services, foster to adopt situations help the dog get out of the shelter and into a loving home so the bonding process can begin. However, while the dog is in a foster to adopt situation, HSNBA retains OWNERSHIP of the animal until it is formally and officially adopted after it has been given a Rabies shot and spayed or neutered.

Check Ins
Checking in is an essential aspect to dog and puppy fostering! We are very flexible and value your time, but we do require puppies to come to HSNBA every 2-3 weeks for a vaccine, dewormer, and weight updates! Keeping up with puppy vaccines is crucial for the puppy’s overall health and well being. Young puppies are MUCH more susceptible to common shelter related illnesses, such as parvo, and need all of the extra protection possible to keep them alive and thriving! Puppy vaccines MUST be updated every 2-3 weeks in order to keep them as healthy as possible.
Dog Adoptions
We understand after you have poured love, time, money and all the other stuff, you want to be involved in finding them a forever home! There are several ways this can happen: 1) You adopt the foster dog(s) yourself if you are physically, emotionally, and financially able to do so. 2) You find a new home for your foster dog(s) through family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. 3) You pick an adopter from folks who have submitted applications directly to HSNBA 4) The dog(s) are returned to the shelter for adoption. We find puppies are the MOST adoptable between 10 and 16 weeks, so it’s important to make sure if the foster home is not ACTIVELY seeking adoption placement, the foster dogs need to be returned to the shelter to be seen by adopters. The dog must be maintained in the assigned foster home and cannot be transferred to another home without permission by the Cat or Dog Program Manager.
Quality Care
We do our best to provide foster caregivers with all of the resources and guidance they need throughout their foster experience! In return, we expect the dogs in our foster care system to receive a sanitary and safe environment to grow and thrive in. We are committed to assisting our foster caregivers every step of the way! We understand everyone has different restrictions on the time they can spend caring for their foster dogs, therefore, we can always match you up with a dog or puppy litter to fit your schedule!



Not all dogs are created equal, but below is a quick breakdown of the types of dogs and what is expected from our fosters.