Have you ever wanted to foster but didn’t know what was involved? We have the answers to who, what, where, when, why and how!


Who can foster?

  • Anyone over the age of 21.
  • Anyone with a valid ID, current address and permission from residence owner of leasing/renting.
  • Anyone that loves animals.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
We have a support network of fosters that are available as well as a foster coordinator.


What does it mean to foster?
When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home.

What is provided by the rescue?
Food, crate, medical care, monthly preventatives, toys, obedience training classes, and support.

What do I have to provide?
A loving home, a warm and safe atmosphere, structured environment, basic obedience commands and patience.
You will also be asked to take your foster to various adoption events and vet appointments.

What happens when my foster gets adopted?
You will be an integral part of the adoption process ranging from the meet and greet to the adoption day

What if I already have a dog and/or a cat?

You can still foster!  All fosters will be properly introduced with the other animals in the house by our foster coordinator
and our Animal Behaviorist.  Any dog/cat/animal in the house must be spayed/neutered, and current on vaccinations.


Where does my foster come from?
We work in conjunction with various Animal Control centers throughout the state of Illinois.


When does my foster leave?
Your foster will stay until he/she is adopted.


Why foster?
Fostering dogs is a very rewarding experience for people who love to have dogs in their life.  Not only will you be blessed by companionship, but also you will rest easy with the knowledge that you did something good in helping the dog from being euthanized due to overpopulation.  The family that ultimately adopts the dog and gives him/her a good long-term home will be grateful for your commitment and willingness to care for their new friend.

Fostering frees up a spot at animal control so another animal can be taken in.

You are saving a life!


How do I know if fostering is right for me?

Fostering is a key step in the process of keeping previously unwanted canines find their furever home. While many potential pet owners are interested in adopting dogs that come from a shelter or other negative situations, many individuals are not equipped to help the dog make the transition into a normal home. By fostering dogs and using your skill, patience and understanding of a dog’s unique needs, you can help the dog adjust to life in a healthy domestic setting and ensure that it will have a smooth and successful transition into the life and home of its new owner.

How do I apply?

Download the application, fill it out and submit it to our email: rescue@atailof4paws.org 

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed including a vet check.  If approved, you will be contacted to schedule a home visit.


Here are before and after
pictures of Journey. 

His 1st picture was taken the day he was rescued from Animal Control, and the 2nd picture was taken just a few weeks before he was adopted.

This is the difference you can
make in a dog’s life.

Download an application