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 dogin need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home.

 Most common reasons dogs need foster care:

-They are too young to be spayed or neutered and adopted out into permanent homes.

-They are being treated for injuries or illnesses.


TAF provides: All veterinary care and medicine for foster dogs, all supplies and plenty of support to foster parent volunteers.

Foster parent volunteers provide: Time, and a place in their home and lots of love.

How foster care works:

-When TAF receives a dog who is not ready to be put up for adoption, we contact foster parent volunteers. If a foster volunteer is not available to foster at that time, we simply try another person. There will be plenty of other opportunities to foster, so there is no pressure to take a dog.

-Foster parents come to our shelter in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago to pick up the foster dog(s) to take home. At that time, volunteers receive all the supplies needed for their foster dog.

-Foster parents may need to bring the dog back to TAF periodically for photos, medical updates and adoption introductions.


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 take the dog back into our care.

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.