RUFF Rescue

"It's not tough to love a RUFF!"


Why foster a RUFF?

Fostering an animal is one of the most rewarding things you can do, and it will change not only the life of the animal, but your life as well.

  •  Fostered animals are happier and more friendly toward people and other animals
  • Fostered animals are easier to adopt because they regularly get love and can more easily open up to new people and environments
  •  Fostering allows you the chance to have an animal companion without the lifetime commitment. It can also allow you to try new companions with your existing pets to see if they would be a good fit for you.

Foster homes is the only way we can save these animals.  Younger kittens and puppies need to stay in foster care until they are old enough for shots, sterilization, and to be adopted.  Some of our older animals can be ill or injured and need the support of a foster home to maintain them until they are ready for adoption. Other times a foster home is needed simply to help the animal who has been in a stressful situation at a shelter, possibly abandoned, and just needs time to adjust.

Foster Home Information

A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home.  Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

Fosters will keep animals an average of 4-6 weeks unless it is medically or behaviorally indicated otherwise. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. You will be told up-front before you agree to foster the pet how long of a commitment we believe it will be.

Foster Family Responsibilities

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
  • Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
  • Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
  • Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
  • Transport to/from adoption events

If the foster pet is sick, isolation from other animals in the home is required for a minimum of 10-14 days.