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Foster Pet Parents Make Life-changing Difference for Homeless Pets

Love pets, but can’t commit to owning one right now? Already own pets and have a little extra room in your home—and heart? Perhaps you should consider volunteering for the Dumb Friends League foster care program.

Last year, more than 2,300 homeless pets were cared for by Dumb Friends League foster parents—a dedicated group of volunteers who open their hearts and homes to animals in need until they are ready for adoption.

Animals of all ages can benefit from foster care from puppies and kittens too young to be adopted to older animals who need a break from the shelter environment. Pets like fearful dogs, overstimulated cats or under-socialized animals can benefit from time in a quiet home where they can receive one-on-one care.

When you become a foster parent, you can help pets like Walt.

Walt, a 2-year-old Siberian husky, arrived at the Dumb Friends League limping and in pain with abrasions and wounds on his hind legs after being hit by a car. His back leg was swollen and bleeding, and he had a dislocated hip. League veterinarians treated his wound, amputated part of his tail that was severely injured and neutered him.

Walt was sent to a foster home to recover and then returned to the shelter a week later for a second surgery to remove the ball joint of his hip so it could be properly aligned with the muscles working to hold the bone in the socket. Walt returned to his foster home, where his foster mom doted on him, encouraging him to use his repaired leg.

However, when Walt’s foster mom brought him back to the shelter for a check-up, veterinarians determined that his leg was not healing properly to allow him to regain its full use, and the best course was to amputate it. Fortunately, dogs typically heal quickly after such surgeries. Walt returned to his foster home for a week-long recovery, then returned to the shelter where he quickly found his new forever home.

“Dogs needing behavior and medical care are the most rewarding to foster because you can really see the difference from when you first take them home until they get adopted,” said Walt’s foster mom, Alison Rorman. “You teach some dogs how to trust, and others you help heal from sometimes life threatening injuries.”

The Dumb Friends League is currently in need of foster parents willing to care for animals of all ages needing in-home behavior care. Additionally, they are looking for people to foster large breed adult dogs—like Walt—and adult cats needing behavior training or requiring a little extra TLC as they recover from a surgery or illness.

Foster parents are provided with supplies to care for the pet, so there is no cost to you. They are also provided with training, so a lot of prior experience with animals is not necessary—you just have to love pets! Animals can spend anywhere from a few days to a few months in foster care, depending upon the pet’s individual needs and the foster parent’s availability.

Visit to become a Dumb Friends League foster parent or to learn more about the foster care program.


Dumb Friends League is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie’s Fund to support our foster programs. #ThanksToMaddie

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