Foster homes are desperately needed! There is a shortage in available foster homes, which limits our capacity to help save lives. 

Foster families are needed now more than ever! You may not know it, but dogs in Washington state are in crisis!  Our shelters are experiencing massive overcrowding and rescues are operating far over capacity. Intakes at animal control facilities have reached an all time high, while adoptions are at an all time low. This leads to a sharp increase in euthanasia rates. Some parts of WA do not even have access to animal control facilities or shelters, and we are seeing high numbers of dogs being abandoned in those areas. Having access to foster homes means we can save lives! 

All you need to be a foster for Saving Great Animals is the ability to provide a home for a dog for a few weeks or more. We will match you with a dog suited to your preferences and can provide guidance and support along the way. While the dog is staying with you, SGA takes care of any vet bills and you provide the food and bedding. Fostering does not cost you a penny!

Fostering can be done around your schedule! Many of our adopters work full time so don’t worry if your foster dog needs to hang out on his or her own for a while during the day. If you travel or some weeks are more hectic than others, you can foster at your convenience.

Often people worry that it will be hard to let their foster dog go. Some fosters to find it challenging, but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a dog whose life would otherwise have ended tragically go home with a family who is so full of joy to have the privilege of his or her company.

Give fostering a try and open your home, and heart, to a dog in need. Please fill out our foster application, and we will contact you as soon as we can.


What does a foster parent do?

Foster parenting is a wonderful way to enjoy the love and attention of an animal without making a permanent commitment. Because we don’t have a facility, SGA’s foster program is one of the most crucial elements of our rescue organization. By taking an animal into your home, you are allowing it to become accustomed to a safe and loving home life. 

Do I get to choose which animal I want to foster?

Yes, whether you’re looking for a mellow kitty cat that sleeps all day or an active, ball-chasing dog that you can take on jogs, our goal is to place an animal with you that fits your needs and wants and is compatible with your lifestyle. We will help determine which of our pets fits that description.

What if the dog I am fostering does not work out for me?

If at any time the fit of the animal in your care is not working for you, we will be happy to take the animal back and try a different animal in its place. Just like people, animals all have different personalities, and our goal is to help find the right animal for your situation.

Who pays for veterinary care?

SGA gives all foster parents a list of  approved veterinarians with whom we have associations with and pays for all veterinary fees and inoculations for animals that are fostered by our kind parents.

But how will the animal find a permanent home if it is living with me?

SGA requires the animal to be available for a meet and greet with our approved applicants. Once an application is received, an adoption coordinator will connect you with the applicant to set up an appointment for a meet and greet.

I have kids, can I still foster?

We firmly believe that dogs who live with very young children need higher tolerance levels than most. Often, we have not seen a dog interact with children prior to receiving the dog so we cannot always guarantee that a dog will be tolerant of children of all ages. For this reason, we can only approve foster families with children over 6 years of age.


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