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Become a Foster, Today!

We are currently looking for new and experienced fosters to take on either puppies, adult dogs or litters!

Saskatoon Dog Rescue operates entirely through the support of our network of volunteer foster homes. This means that we don't have a shelter or one main physical location, and only have capacity to save dogs that we have open foster homes for. We are ALWAYS in need of new fosters, whether you have experience or not, we'd love to have you!

Foster homes provide love, patience, and a much-needed safe haven to the dogs in our care. Our fosters also work on basic training with our pups and ensure they stay happy and healthy!


Application Process

Apply today!
Application review
Home check
Sign up to take your first dog!

You're not in it alone! We provide you with all the resources you need to set you up for success as a foster. We work with trainers, veterinarians, photographers and connect you to our experienced fosters to ensure you have the support system you need.


Ready to Apply?

Make sure you’ve reviewed our FAQs below before submitting your application. Please note that an application does not guarantee approval. Please allow up to 5-7 business days for a response.

If you are having any issues submitting your application, please contact us.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I meet my foster dog first?

Usually, no. Most dogs come from remote northern communities, and are not brought to Saskatoon until a foster home is confirmed to take them. We provide as much information as we possibly can so you are as well prepared as possible for your temporary houseguest.

How long will I have my foster dog?

We can never predict how long a dog will be in our care. Sometimes unexpected medical or behavioral issues arise that may require a dog to be in our care longer than they normally would. On average, a puppy is in our care for about 2 weeks and an adult, about 1 month.

What if I have vacation plans?

That’s totally fine! We understand that our foster homes have lives and don’t expect you to cancel plans for your foster dog. We ask that you give us as much notice as possible so we can line up someone to watch your foster or book him/her into a boarding kennel.

I live out of town, can I foster for Saskatoon Dog Rescue?

If you're within 40 km of Saskatoon, then yes! We do however require out of town foster homes to use our local clinics, and make it into the city for things like adoption events, fundraisers, etc. We do not pay for mileage or for the use of your local vet clinic.

Who pays for my foster dogs' food, supplies & medical costs?

The rescue supplies everything necessary to care for your foster dog. All we ask is that you house them and care for them, and prepare them for adoption

Can I adopt my foster dog?

If you find that you want to adopt your foster dog, then by all means you can do so! We do give fosters the first priority in adopting their foster dogs, given the dog does not have any other pending applications. Fostering is not to be used as a way to circumvent the adoption process.

Being a foster can be a challenging, yet rewarding, experience. As you're thinking about opening up your home (and your heart!) to a dog in need, you likely have a lot of questions. Let us help - check our our frequently asked questions below.