Foster Application Form

Day of the Dogs has a need for short term (2-4 week) fosters for the transports we are coordinating to northern states.  

As a foster you provide a safe and loving home for pets for a temporary time as they await their transport date. Think of it as lifesaving dog sitting for a short period of time!

Being a pet foster family has rewards that extend beyond being the bridge to their new beginning. We pull animals from municipal shelters that may have been killed without dedicated fosters like you. By fostering, you are quite literally saving their life! The ultimate reward! 

Becoming a temporary transport foster gives you the chance to experience having an animal companion without a lifetime commitment.

Things to Know Before You Apply to Be a Foster

  1. You will need to pick up foster from the Harris County Animal Shelter. HCAS gives animals DHPP, Bordetella, dewormer upon intake and rabies and microchip upon exit. The dog will need a fecal prior to transport date.  Fecal has to be negative to ride.
  2. HCAS has high intake numbers daily. Due to the numbers of animals entering the shelter and the small size of the facility dogs are usually kenneled together with variety of health backgrounds, many are which are unknown upon intake.  It's not uncommon for an animal to have kennel cough (similar to a cold in humans) or URI.  We always advise to keep your fosters separate from your personal pets.  Especially since you will only have them in your care for a short amount of time.
  3. You will know the transport date and the destination when you pick up your foster dog.  The length of time will vary based on the day you pick up relative to when the transport leaves.  We ideally would like to have dogs out for at least 10 days to some of the pets pulled from HCAS have been there for so long or are old enough that we may shorten that length of time.  Also, our receiving partners have different criteria for intake.  Some have separate rooms with separate ventilation for new intakes, others don't.
  4. If you are fostering puppies please be aware that they may not have had all their booster shots. This puts them at risk for viruses such as parvo or distemper. If your personal pets are up to date on their vaccinations, there should be no risk to them. Nonetheless, we recommend you keep puppies separated from your personal pets. If your foster puppy breaks out with a potential illness or otherwise becomes lethargic, refuses to eat, throws up, or has diarrhea, please contact us IMMEDIATELY.
  5. Because your puppy may be too young to have received all their booster shots, please do not take your foster puppy to dog parks, pet supply stores, or any other place frequented by other dogs. We do not want them to catch anything.
  6. All veterinary expenses must be pre-approved by DOTD, and we will ask you to always use our veterinary partners to help keep our costs at a minimum. DOTD will cover all authorized veterinary costs.

What are the responsibilities of being a Foster Family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment for a few weeks
  • Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
  • Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
  • Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
  • Transport to/from the transport loading/meeting spot
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Foster Agreement

By applying to foster in partnership with Day of the Dogs, I agree to the following:

Pet's Health and Disposition
Day of the Dogs cannot guarantee the health or disposition of any foster animal. We do not have past records for these animals and there are some risks associated with taking in foster animals. Family pets must be current on all shots and foster pets will be kept separate from family pets, for a minimum of 7 days for the protection of all animals.

I agree to be fully responsible for the safety and well being of the foster pet. I will provide a safe, loving, humane environment with adequate food, water, and shelter at all times. I will not declaw, crop ears, or crop the tail of a fostered pet. I will adhere to all state and local animal laws and all foster animals will wear a collar with identification. I will promptly notify Day of the Dogs of any signs of illness, behavioral issues, or concerns, an inability to continue to foster, if the pet becomes lost, and/or if the pet bites someone.

Veterinary Services
Day of the Dogs covers all approved veterinary services at our various partner vet clinics. This includes  health certificates, vaccines, microchips, spay/neuter surgery, and treatment for heartworm disease or other illnesses. While you are welcome to use your preferred vet for treatment at your cost, we are not able to reimburse any medical expenses outside of our already established partner clinics.

Transfer of Animals
Animals cannot be transferred to the custody of another person, shelter, humane society, SPCA, or other entity without prior consent and permission of Day of the Dogs. I agree to not place this pet in another home without the written or verbal authorization from DOTD, whether it be temporary or permanent.

Return of Animals
All the pets in the Day of the Dogs foster program are the property of Day of the Dogs and must be returned within 24 hours of request. I agree that I am fostering this pet for Day of the Dogs and that I do not have any right of ownership over my foster animal. I further agree that Day of the Dog's rights in and to my foster pet are superior to mine. I agree to provide the Authorized Representative, or his/her designate access to my home and property to check on my foster pet, at any time while I am in possession of my foster pet.

Personal or Property Damage and/or Injury
I agree that accidental animal bites or other injuries to humans and other animals do occur, and agree to hold harmless and indemnify, and protect Day of the Dogs from any claim or suit filed by someone as a result of such incident.In addition, Day of the Dogs will not be responsible if an animal should damage or destroy property belonging to the foster, foster's household, or others, or if the animal shall transfer any disease, internal or external parasites to other animals and people in the foster's household.

I understand that if I am approved for fostering, this declaration represents a legal contract between me as the foster home caregiver and Day of the Dogs. I understand that if I am approved to foster an animal, I must abide by this agreement and that this agreement applies to any and all animals that I foster with Day of the Dogs.

Accuracy of Information
By signing below, I acknowledge that the information provided on this application is correct to the best of my knowledge. If at any time the information I have changes, I will provide the updated information to the Day of the Dogs by sending an email to

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