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Detroit Dog Rescue Foster Program

So, you want to foster?

We are thankful you want to foster a pet from Detroit Dog Rescue. The following information is requested so that we can assist you in the selection of your foster pet. This survey, and consultation, with a Detroit Dog Rescue representative is designed to help us determine the best fit for your lifestyle.

Fostering a dog on a temporary basis is a crucial part in the success of a future adoption. The dog is given an opportunity to adjust to a home environment, and we are given additional time to find a permanent home.

At this time, none of our dogs qualify for emotional support or service animals. We currently do not have a training program for emotional support or service dogs.

Quick Facts

We ask that our fosters commit to transporting their foster dog to any necessary vet visits, or future adoption events. If you are unable to, we will do our best to provide volunteer transport.

Detroit Dog Rescue provides all the food and supplies while the pet is in your care, unless you would like to do so yourself. All of the supplies you purchase for your foster pet is often tax-deductible (check with your tax advisor).

Detroit Dog Rescue is responsible for all of the dog’s medical care while in our foster program.

If you decide to adopt your foster dog

To help cover the costs of the spay/neuter of age appropriate dogs, age appropriate vaccinations, medical care, temperament testing and temporary boarding of the dog, we do require a fee. Adoption fees* are as follows:

$200 For a Senior

$250 For a Medium-Large Adult

$300** for puppies (there is an additional $25 spay/neuter deposit)

$375 For a Small Dog

*If for some reason you feel the dog is not a fit for your home within five days of the adoption, we can keep your fee on file for another adoption for up to 90 days. Donations made to Detroit Dog Rescue are non-refundable.

*We reserve the right to alter or edit fees depending on promotions, medical care, and availability.

**The $25 spay/neuter deposit will be returned to you upon certification that the dog has been altered.

We do not adopt to:

  • Homes with cats. We do not have the means to properly cat test our dogs and we will not take a chance on the safety of your cat and put one of our dogs into this situation. This is not to say that cats and dogs won’t get along — of course they can! — but we are not set up to properly test our dogs with cats in in a responsible scenario.
  • We do not adopt to homes with children under 5 years old. We are not set up to properly temperament test our dogs for this scenario.
  • We do not adopt to homes that are under HOA guidelines unless we are able to receive in writing that you are allowed to have the dog you are interested in adopting from us.
  • Although we do not require a fenced in yard, if you do have one, it has to be at least 5 to 6 feet tall (depending on which dog you are interested in).
  • We do not adopt our dogs out for the purpose of making them into “service dogs” or emotional support dogs. With too many people and trainers fraudulently obtaining fake service dog vests and certificates and unscrupulous trainers claiming that they are “credentialed”, we do not want to have our dog put into a situation that they are not qualified for.
  • We do not adopt out of the country. This includes our friends across the Canadian border.
  • We do not fly our dogs.

Foster Application

Please answer the following questionnaire to the best of your ability. If you are unsure what dog you are interested in and would like our team to guide you, please write in a short description of what you are looking for (size, breeds, temperaments).

Our adoption team will contact you within 10 business days to discuss your application.

Having issues submitting the form? Download the application PDF and email our Adoptions team at