• Fosters provide shelter, love, and care until the dog is adopted, including:

  • Basic training (e.g., house training, crate training)

  • Pick up of dog from airport, volunteers home, shelters, etc

  • Transport to vet appointments

  • Picking up refill supplies, such as food

  • Attending adoption events

  • Providing pictures and bios of the foster dog

  • Tagging @saveourscruff and using #saveourscruff for any uploads on social media

  • Meetings with potential adopters (meet & greets and potentially home visits)

  • Spending Friday's cuddling up with your foster watching Netflix


  • Travel: If you have to go out of town for any reason, work/vacation/etc. please let us know as soon as possible. You need to get permission from your foster counsellor; please email them as soon as you have available dates before you take your foster dog out of the area or place them in someone else's care. Do not give your foster to anyone else unless you have permission from us - this includes friends, babysitters, other fosters, foster to adopt situations, etc. The dogs are our responsibility and we need to know where they are and under whose care at all times. Got it!

  • Medical Issues: Please email if any medical questions/issues arise to gain support or permission if medical attention is necessary. Save Our Scruff will contact you to schedule a vet appt for your foster at one of our approved vet clinics. If you take the dog to your own vet or even to one of our vets without our permission, we will not be able to reimburse the costs.

  • Supplies and General Questions or Concerns: Please contact Jess, our Supply Manager, or your foster counsellor. They will answer any questions and help resolve any issues that may arise.

  • Dogs Moving Foster Homes: We typically do not move dogs from fosters homes once they have been placed in care because it adds unwanted stress to the dog in an already new situation. If you find yourself having issues and need advice, please reach out to your foster counsellor.

  • Dog Parks and Group Play Dates: Do not bring your foster to a dog park unless you are willing to cover all costs if any incidents that may occur. Your foster dog may behave well but that doesn’t mean the rest of the rest of the dogs will or that your dog won’t jump in on a fight. We do not know what type of abuse our dogs have previously had and we want them to feel and be as safe as possible.

  • Adopting Your Foster: Occasionally fosters do decide they cannot part with their foster dog and would like to adopt. You have two-weeks from when you receive your foster to decide if you'd like to adopt your foster before we place them as available.

  • Meet and Greets: Do not schedule meet and greets without our permission. We need to have all potential adopters apply online and be pre-screened before we schedule a meet and greet. Like hello! Stranger danger! This process must be followed even if a friend, family member or co-worker wants to adopt your foster dog. If someone is interested in your foster, please have them fill out an application on our website and we will be in touch with them. Let us know to be on the lookout for their application! After a meet and greet with a potential adopter, please share your feedback with us - we will take your thoughts and insight into consideration in selecting the best home for your foster dog. After all, you kind of know them the best.

  • Handing a Dog Off to an Adopter: Check with us before giving your foster dog to an adopter or foster to adopt. No dogs are allowed to leave our rescue until you have our approval. Once the dog is adopted, all Save Our Scruff supplies must be returned to us. Please do not give these supplies to the adopter, other than remaining food, toys if used, and martingale collar.