Thank you for your interest in becoming a KARE Foster Parent volunteer. Without a facility to house animals, when KARE rescues animals, we rely on our wonderful and amazing Foster families and volunteers to ensure the animals rescued are provided the utmost care and socialization to prepare them for their forever homes. Foster parents provide temporary care for dogs and puppies in their own Kitsap County homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months or longer.

Our greatest foster needs are:

  • Adult/Senior Dogs
  • Orphaned Puppies
  • Pregnant Dogs, future puppies

Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and KARE will custom-match the animals to each foster home. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in shelters. KARE is always looking for more foster homes. Save a life, Foster.

Most common reasons animals require foster care:

  • Puppies who are too young to be spayed or neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. When the animals are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds, they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.
  • Dogs who are nursing a litter of puppies.
  • Dogs who are being treated for injuries or illnesses.

KARE Provides and/or will reimburse for:

  • All veterinary care and medicine, including vitamins, for foster animals
  • Food and supplies, including crates, towels, puppy pads, pens/baby gates, etc.
  • Plenty of support to foster parent volunteers.

Foster Parent volunteers provide:

Time, some non-typical supplies, a place in their home and lots of love.

How KARE Foster Care Works

  • When KARE receives animals who are not ready to be put up for adoption, we contact Foster Parent Volunteers. If a foster volunteer is not available to foster at that time, we will reach out and request new fosters. There will be plenty of other opportunities to foster, so there is no pressure to take an animal.
  • Foster Parents and Adoption Coordinator or a Board Member will schedule a meeting to pick up the foster animal to take home. At that time, Fosters receive information about the animal’s condition and needs.
  • Foster parents may need to bring the animal to KARE periodically to be examined by our veterinarian, receive vaccinations or other treatment. All routine medical procedures will be scheduled with the Adoption Coordinator. Ridgetop Animal Hospital in Silverdale, WA is the KARE veterinarian of choice. Emergency medical care is to be authorized by the Adoption Coordinator. In the event the Adoption Coordinator is unavailable, contact a Board Member.
  • Once an adopter has been found or foster period is over, the foster volunteer will either bring the animal to a scheduled meet-and-greet or returns the animal to KARE.
  • Fosters will be responsible for  responding to inquiries within a timely manner regarding animals in their care, as well as follow-up on adoptions, typically via phone call
  • Fosters are not allowed to give, transfer or adopt an animal with permission from KARE. Puppies should not be taken to public events without KARE approval
  • Foster is required to turn dog over to KARE whenever requested
  • While in Foster’s care, dogs must be walked on a leash or contained by fence/play yards
  • Puppies that have not completed full vaccination (typically those under 16 weeks of age) are not to be take and placed on the ground in public places (tarps or play yard with flooring acceptable)
  • All cautions are to be taken to ensure puppy is not put at risk for infection

Ready to become a KARE Foster? Email Fosters@nwkare.org or call 360-434-3731