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Fostering a dog a Lab is very rewarding and a way to make a difference. Everyone benefits, the foster volunteer gets to spend time with a special Lab, and the kennel gains space for a new Lab. The foster Lab gets a break from kennel life and a second chance at becoming a cherished pet. The new owners get a Lab that is better adapted to home life, and therefore has a better chance of remaining in the new home permanently.

You will need to provide basic care such as food, water, shelter, and exercise. Your foster Lab will need his own leash, collar, bowl, and toys. You will probably need to give the dog a bath when he arrives if from a shelter (unless the dog just had surgery -- if so, you may need to wait a few days),  If the dog needs further vetting, you might have to give medications or transport the dog to the next vet appointment. The cost of vet care is covered by our rescue group, but all arrangements must be made through the group. If you choose to take the dog to a different vet without approval, you may be responsible for paying the bill. This is because our rescue works with vets who will treat the rescue dogs at reduced fees.

It's also important to provide some training, Housetraining is an essential skill for the dog to master. Crate training is useful, especially for young, or unhousetrained dogs. Basic manners such as appropriate greeting behavior, walking nicely on a leash, and coming when called will make your foster dog more adoptable and help to ensure his success in his new home. You might make the dog more appealing to potential adopters by teaching a fun trick, like shake hands, fetch, or take a bow.

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By far the most important thing you need to provide is love and attention. Whether your foster came from a loving home or an abusive situation, he will probably be confused and anxious. Spend time cuddling, fetching a ball, going on short walks, and just hanging out watching TV together. Be patient; it might take him a few days or weeks to really settle in. 

If you are interested in fostering a lab in need, please fill out the questionnaire below.

Online Foster Application

Please note: 

Fostered dogs MUST be indoor dogs only. 

Please follow us on our Facebook to see the puppies and adult labs who are waiting to enter our rescue.

These Labs need urgent foster homes!