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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!

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Here’s what you’ll want to consider before applying to become a Canine Foster Parent:

  • Do you have a separate room or area of your home you can keep your Foster for the first two weeks, and away from resident pets?
  • Can you transport your Foster to and from our Milpitas ACC and/or Neighborhood Adoption Centers ( locations for routine veterinary care, as well as to meet with prospective Adopters?
  • While we no longer require Foster Volunteers’ resident dogs to be vaccinated against the Canine Influenza Virus, we highly recommend it.


How do I become a Canine Foster Parent?

  1. First, fill out THIS survey, within a month of being ready to foster. If you can’t foster until later, just wait to fill it out until you’re ready.
  2. If it’s a good match, we’ll send you instructions to register for an upcoming HSSV Canine Foster Volunteer Onboarding Event, which occur the first and third Saturdays of every month. Registration includes signing our foster waiver, paying the $40 Program fee and filling out your Fostering Preferences Survey.
  3. You will attend a new Canine Foster Volunteer Onboarding Session where you will be taught the ins and outs of being a Foster Parent.
  4. After Onboarding, you’ll be all set to start fostering dogs!

Questions? Please Email:


Canine Foster Parent FAQs

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 that need a little extra TLC.


How long will I have my Foster?

  • You may have your Foster for anywhere from 1 week to a few months. Going on vacation? No problem; just let us know!


Do I get to choose which dog I can foster?

  • Our staff picks dogs based on who will benefit the most, however we will work with you to match you with a dog that fits your home environment.


Does HSSV provide all of the supplies?

  • Yes, HSSV provides all supplies, which includes food, disinfectant, leashes, collars, crates, and toys.


What are the benefits of being an HSSV Canine Foster Volunteer?

  • Opportunities to learn about animal’s behavior and care, discounts on Adoption fees, Medical & Grooming services, Dog Training classes and supplies at our Whole Pets Store, plus direct access to other ways to get involved with HSSV.