Want to help shelter pups but can’t commit to fostering full-time? Sign up to be a temporary foster and bring a pup home for a sleepover or weekend getaway – any amount of time you can give is so extremely appreciated!
Why uproot a pup for such a short period of time?
Obviously a long-term foster is the most ideal situation, but short-term fostering is super important too! It provides the pup with a much needed break from the busy day-to-day buzz at our locations. Sleepovers are breaks similar to how people need weekend breaks after a long work week, it provides time for some much needed rest, relaxation, and invaluable 1:1 time. Equally important, by bringing them into a real home, we can learn more about the pup’s behavior to help promote them and give potential adopters as much information on them as possible!
Won’t they be sad or stressed when they are returned so quickly?
We truly don’t think so! A recent study has shown that dogs living in shelters can develop very high levels of cortisol, even at locations like ours where we focus on making the dog’s time with us as peaceful and fun as possible. As little as one night in a home can lower their cortisol level so significantly that when they return, their levels don’t get nearly as high as they would have been before the break. For more science behind the program, check out this other study shared by KCPP.
Ready to become a temporary foster?
“We enjoy weekend fostering the dogs that have been in the rescue for extended times. It gives them the opportunity to de-stress and enjoy a real home life. It is rewarding seeing the dogs relax, enjoy laying on the couch with us and soaking up the attention. The dogs have the opportunity to enjoy the backyard and play. They truly appreciate the time and attention and home life. For us, it is a very rewarding experience! We wish we could adopt them all, of course we can’t. We know we’ve given these precious animals a wonderful experience. We feel like this is a small thing we can do to help these precious pups prepare for life in their forever homes.” – Sharon, Expert Sleepover Foster