Foster Program

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trio Animal Foundation foster parent volunteer!  Foster parents provide temporary care for dogs and puppies in their own homes. Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and TAF will custom-match the dogs to each foster home. By offering your time, energy and home to a dog in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home.

Interested in fostering? TAF foster parents must have their own transportation and live in the Chicago area so the dogs can be brought to local vets for check-ups and introduced to potential adopters. All basic medical and supply expenses are covered by TAF.  The foster period for the dog will depend greatly on the circumstances for the dog being in foster care. However, the average foster period is about 4 weeks. 

New foster parent? We have dogs who need you too! We will provide everything you need to set both you and the pup up for success. 


TAF is looking for a few experienced dog fosters. You must have experience in the following areas. 

  • Medical rehabilitation with the guidance of our medical team

  • Behavior modification 

  • Structured home with crate training 

  • Must be an experienced foster. No first-timers

Must be able to work with us, working with you through the first several days. We have a few great pups that just need the right environment and handler to thrive. TAF will provide all items needed for the dog including food. To be considered please fill out the application. 



How long are dogs in their foster homes?

The length of a dog’s stay in a foster home varies significantly and there is no way to determine how long the dog will need a foster.  Some dogs stay in foster homes anywhere from a few days to several months. 

What does TAF provide to foster homes?

TAF will cover all financial obligations.  We will provide food, supplies, a crate, collar, and leash.  

What if I can no longer keep my foster dog?

TAF will work to find another foster home for the dog.

What if I want to keep my foster dog forever?

If you decide to adopt your foster dog, you will go through the same adoption process as all other adopters. 

What if my foster dog needs to go to the vet?

If your foster dog needs to go to the vet, TAF will cover all veterinary expenses.  More details on this will be provided to you if you become an approved foster home.

What if I already have a pet of my own?

Exposing your pet to other dogs is always a health risk so we will work with you to find a good match.

Will I be responsible for getting the foster dog adopted?

No. Foster dogs need to be made available for introductions with qualified applicants.  We will coordinate these intros and pick up the foster dog from your home etc.

What are my responsibilities as a foster home?

As a foster home you will need to provide space, meals, basic training, exercise and love for the dog.  We ask that you treat the dog as your own, and keep us up to date on things you learn about your foster on a weekly basis.