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Yay! Thank you for your interest and for caring about the animals. Foster parents provide short and long-term care for animals in their homes. By offering your time, love, and attention, you help a deserving pooch prepare for a great life in a loving home. You also help keep shelter space open so we can save even more animals!

Wait, why are these dogs in foster homes?

  • Some dogs experience stress in the shelter environment, and having a home option for them is invaluable.
  • Very young pups needing to get older or put on weight before being made available for adoption.
  • Injured animals recover better in home situations (we provide all medical care, of course!).
  • Moms and babies need a quiet, controlled environment while the pups grow up and are weaned.
  • Shy dogs who need a little extra TLC.


What do I need to be a foster parent?

A flexible schedule is key! That's because you’ll be

  • Transporting your pup for routine veterinary care and vaccination appointments at our Milpitas Medical Center, between 11am – 2pm.
  • Bringing him or her to prospective adoption meetings at the shelter.
  • Attending Dog Foster Showcase on Saturdays between 12pm – 2pm, to show him or her off to the public!
  • Taking care of your foster dog until he is adopted – we can’t always predict how long it will take (several days to months).


Cool! How do I become a foster parent?

  1. Sign up to attend a Foster Orientation by clicking on one of the Foster Orientation dates on the calendar and submitting the RSVP form. By attending the Foster Orientation you will learn more about being a foster parent! Orientations will be held on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (check in at 8:50 a.m.) at HSSV.
  2. If you like what you hear at Orientation, we’ll ask you to fill out an application to become a foster volunteer, which includes a $40 registration fee.
  3. If you have a pet dog at home, we’ll set up another time for you to bring him or her to our Milpitas Animal Community Center to assess your dog’s play style and match him or her up with the right foster buddy.
  4. Then, when a dog needing foster comes in, we’ll call you. If you’re not available, we will ask the next volunteer on our list.
  5. Come pick up your foster pooch and supplies. Bring the big car! We provide the food, medicine, beds, exercise pen, crate / kennel, food bowls, toys, and poop bags!
  6. You will be assigned a mentor, who you can contact when you have questions, or when you want some tips and tricks for working with your foster dog.

Questions? Email