Foster Care

Foster care is the most crucial ingredient in dog rescue. Without available foster homes, many dogs will not be rescued. For the dogs in animal control facilities, this often means death. As a dog foster care provider you impact three canine lives: the foster dog you send forward to a wonderful home, the next dog you can take in, and the dog in the shelter that is now given more time to live because of the space that is freed up by the dog you foster. We are always in need of foster homes in the greater Gig Harbor area including Key Peninsula, Port Orchard, North Tacoma and Fircrest because our rescue vet and all adoption activities are conducted in Gig Harbor. The more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save.

Responsibilities of Dog Foster Care Provider

A foster companion or family must provide a safe, secure, stable environment, and most importantly, the love needed to nurture those dogs back to their happy, healthy selves. Some dogs require special care, such as post medical attention, increasing weight or strength, socializing, building trust, exercise and fun. Being a foster care provider takes a considerable amount of time, dedication and genuine caring. 

Your Relationship with Potential Adopters

Because you will have the best knowledge of your foster dog's temperament, likes and dislikes, we will ask you to share that information with people who are considering adopting the dog. CHEW will help find and screen potential adopters - all potential adopters will be screened. And CHEW will join you in making the final decision about who should adopt your foster dog.


CHEW Dog Rescue will pay all necessary veterinary fees such as health assessment exams, spay or neuter, microchipping, vaccinations and medications. If needed, CHEW will help with food costs.

If you think you could help by being a foster care provider, please complete the Foster Care Application.

What Our Fosters Have to Say

In October 2016, my dog, Gromit, passed away and I noticed that my other dog, Gizmo, was very lonely. I started to look for a new rescue dog and I discovered CHEW Dog Rescue. I decided to become a Foster Mom, with the thought of adopting a dog. Almost a year later, I have now fostered seven dogs and I will continue to foster dogs as long as possible, because I absolutely love it and I know that I am doing something good by taking dogs out of a high kill facility.

Being a Foster Mom has been one of the most rewarding things that I have done in my life. It all starts with bringing a rescue dog into my home, providing him or her with safe shelter, health care, good nutritious food, lots of love and care until a forever home is found. Gizmo and I both teach basic manners to each foster dog, such as going outside to potty, sit, stay, lay down, load up and leash trained. I also ensure that the dogs are well socialized with both other dogs and humans. We all walk several miles a day to keep the dog happy and healthy.

I also get to learn more about the dog’s personality and behavior in a home setting. This process makes it possible for CHEW to match the dog with the right person or family. Every dog is different, he/she may be very timid or shy at first, it can take days or several weeks or months to get the dog comfortable with their new environment. This process is key information in helping find its forever home. Some of the things that I enjoy most is seeing a foster dog joining in play time, discovering toys, snuggles and the indescribable feeling of knowing that I am helping to save a life.

CHEW seldom knows the background of the dogs, as most of them are strays. One of the saddest part of being a Foster Mom is that I get to see some very neglected dogs, that are filthy, covered with matted fur, dried feces in the fur and almost bitten alive with flea’s and tick’s. It breaks my heart to see a dog that is such bad condition, but it is uplifting to see a dog transform into a happy and trusting pup.

The hardest part of being a dog foster is saying goodbye to the dog that I have had in my house for several weeks or months. They become part of the family and I miss each and every one of them after they are gone. They all leave a paw print on my heart!


We started being a foster family because we wanted to help save dogs lives. Since we always have adopted shelter animals, why not try and keep them from being shelter animals in the first place.

We currently have three dogs in our home (all rescues), two of them are older with medical issues so we've had to stop fostering for the moment. Once you've earned the dog's trust (since some come from very bad circumstances), you won't find a more loyal loving pet. We will definitely foster again.  

When we first started fostering dogs, I was afraid I'd get so attached I wouldn't be able to let them go. But once you see how far the dogs come when you are helping them learn new habits and to trust, it's so gratifying to know that you helped save this dog's life. As a foster, you get to meet the people who are interested in the dog and see how they interact with those people. It makes it easy to let them go to their new forever home.  It helps also that the fosters have an opinion once meeting the new families if you think its a good match.



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