Foster

We do not have a shelter, and instead rely on foster homes throughout the Waikato and Auckland regions. These foster homes provide a lifeline for these dogs who are usually out of other options, and the chance to find their forever homes.

“I love watching them grow and learn. Going from nothing to learning that outside is for the toilet. That moment is bliss. I love the cuddles they give you and how different each of their personalities are. Each puppy is unique. It is hard to see them go, and some days you don’t want them to. But knowing they are going to good homes helps. It is hard work, but so rewarding.” – Jen

What does fostering involve?
Fostering a dog involves caring for a dog or puppy until we find them a forever home. Treat them like they were your own and teach them about what life outside of the pound means.

Requirements for fostering:

  • Fully fenced, secure property (or if rural, somewhere warm and secure for a dog/puppy for when you are not home).
  • Time to devote to socialising the dog or puppy. We have a professional trainer on the team who can advise you on this if you are not sure.
  • Able to get them to a vet appointment for desexing, vaccination and microchip.
  • A phone that potential adopters can contact you on to arrange meet and greets.
  • Able to send photos and updates through to the DC admin team for advertising. We have professional photographers available to help if you find photographing your foster dog difficult.
  • Must be able to interact with our team, support services (eg vets, trainers) and the public respectfully.

What we provide:

  • We provide full support, with several admins available via phone or messages if needed.
  • We have a foster group for asking any questions or advice and support. We have professional trainers and many very experienced dog owners in the group who can assist if you have any difficulties.
  • You will have access to our foster guide which has all the information you will need about vets, processes, tips and tricks etc.
  • We pay all vet bills and can supply food, worm/flea products and crates etc if required.
  • We do require that you are able to commit to the foster dog for a reasonable length of time, as we are often quite full and may not be able to move dogs around easily if you decide that you do not want the foster dog anymore. However if there are any issues and the dog needs to be moved immediately, we will always do our best to provide assistance and find another placement for the dog.

“I started fostering puppies 4 years ago. Initially for the SPCA and now for DC Rescue. My dog is a foster fail! I love fostering – it is so rewarding. People ask how I can give the puppies away and I would be lying if I said it was easy. I usually have a cry when they leave, but it is a mixture of happy and sad tears. Sad for me, but happy for the pup/dog. Thye are off to an exciting life with a wonderful family. A family or home which has made a conscious decision to adopt and not shop. I love seeing the personalities of the puppies develop and seeing the physical improvements which come from a warm, clean bed, good food on a regular basis and flea/worm treatment. I love fostering!!” – Laura

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“We became involved in DC Rescue because my daughter wanted to donate some of her time and energy to a community project. She started out fundraising with DC Rescue. She was always treated with respect and given lots of assistance. Any help she felt able to give was appreciated.” – Bianca

How it works
We will advertise the dog/puppy, assess interested parties and run all property/council checks. If we get a good match for your dog or puppy we will pass your number on so they can call you to arrange a time to meet with you and the dog/puppy. If the meet and greet goes well, let us know and we will finalise the adoption.

How do I get started with fostering?
Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page (preferred) email us or message us on Facebook.

Things we need to know:

    • Your property must be fully fenced and secure, or if it is rural you must have somewhere safe and warm for the dog to stay if you are not home. Please send through photos and an address for our council checks.
    • Please let us know if you own the property or if you have landlord permission to have dogs at the property.
  • Please send through your best contact phone number for us and prospective adopters to contact you on.
  • Please let us know a bit about you and the environment you can offer a foster dog. Things we are especially interested in are; do you have any children in the house? Do you have any other pets? What previous dog owning/handling experience do you have? Do you have a preference for breed/age etc? How much exercise would you likely be able to provide a dog? This allows us to match you with the most suitable foster dog for your home.
  • Please confirm that you are able to do everything under the “Requirements for fostering” list.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” 
- Karen Davison

“We became involved in fostering as we can’t have a dog of our own at the moment and this seemed like the best of both worlds. We love all the different types of dogs we have looked after, size, breeds and personalities and seeing them go off to their forever homes. Even the more challenging dogs have been made easy because of the support we have received from DC Rescue Dogs. It is great as it has given us the opportunity to decide what type of dog we would like when we can keep one. Not that I think that will come into it when it happens. I know it will be a picture on a rescue page that I will fall in love with whatever the breed. The other great thing has been that as we are away now and again, we can work fostering around our schedule and still enjoy having dogs around the house.” – Julie