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Fostering Dogs and Puppies


Want to make a difference and save a life?   Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) is in need of  foster homes to care for adult dogs, puppies and even litters of puppies.  Fostering TRULY SAVES LIVES.    Last year , through TVAR’s foster programs, we  adopted 1,000 stray, abandoned, surrendered and homeless kittens, cats, dogs and puppies. To help our mission to give these animals another chance at life and to help them find their new forever home, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue is in great need of loving foster homes. 


Be at least 18 years-of-age.

Show foster animals at our adoption events at least a couple of times each month.  Adoption events are EVERY Saturday at Farmers market in Pleasanton from 10 am to 1 pm.

Provide basic animal care in the form of feeding, socializing, veterinarian visits (when needed – usually for a spay/neuter appointment) and maintaining the health of the animal in your care.

TVAR provides everything a foster parent needs: food, crates, all medical care, posting of adoptable animals and screening of potential adopters.


What should you know about fostering?  Well, here you go:

Foster parents love, nurture and socialize.  They provide temporary homes for dogs and puppies prior to adoption.  Dogs ask so little and give so very much.  While it is sometimes hard for foster parents to see their foster dogs/puppies leave – knowing that their foster dog/puppy got a great home gets our fosters over that hurdle.  Again - TVAR pays for all medical and food expenses during the fostering.

What do you need to provide foster care.  Dogs do best when they are in foster homes where they can be integrated into the household, have basic medical treatment and loving care.  Some come from sad situations and need extra TLC   Crate training is encouraged.  And having someone at home part of the day (in addition to evenings) is a great help.   Foster care is a lifesaving gift for each and every animal.

Fostering is a great way to volunteer in the community.  It is flexible, fun and rewarding.  It’s a great way to enjoy a pet if you cannot make a lifetime commitment.  Fostering is excellent for college students or military families.  If you’re thinking of a pet but are not sure, fostering is a great way to find out.

Time commitment.   The time it takes to get a foster dog or puppy adopted  can vary greatly depending on the age that they come into foster and their specific needs.  Puppies usually get adopted fairly quickly(2 -4 weeks) .  Adult dogs can take longer (2 weeks to several months) and it often depends on age, size, breed and the temperament. (for example - whether the dog is shy or outgoing).   TVAR will  work with you to find the dog that you’ll be best suited to foster.

Skills needed to foster.  It’s best to have some knowledge about companion animal behavior and health.

Other requirements.  TVAR provides information necessary to screen all homes that apply for fostering to insure a good experience for both the foster family and the dog. 

Your own pets.  Many people ask – can I foster if I have another dog and the answer is a DEFINITE YES.  Many of our fosters have other pets (dogs and cats).  Your family pets will need to be spayed or neutered and up to date on their vaccinations.  For the well-being of your pets and your foster dogs, you will want to supervise all interactions between your pets and your foster dogs and not leave them alone together, unattended.  Because dogs (both your own pets and your foster dog) can sometimes have food resource issues – we also recommend that your pet and your foster dog be fed apart from each other. 


Sue James
Telephone: (408) 202-6708


Foster providers are always needed for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs.

We provide:
Training on how to be a foster provider, food and medical care for your foster pets, and help in finding that perfect home.
They just need a place to stay until they find their forever home!

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