10 Great Dog Fostering Groups Around the US


We did a bit of research and internet “travel” to locate 10 dog and pet fostering options for people looking either for help or to help in the fostering process. Here are the results we found.

The Humane Society of the United States

You are probably well aware of the Humane Society and the great work they do in rescuing animals in high-risk situations, but once those animals are rescued, they need help fostering them until they are ready for permanent adoption. The Humane Society works with local shelters and helps fund those needs as well. If you make a financial donation, they use a portion of it to raise more funds for the work they do.

Petsmart Charities

Petsmart Charities is part of the chain store. In most locations, you can go to find a dog (supplied by local shelters) for adoption. But they also help find volunteers to foster pets when there are more needing animals than the shelters can house. Through their efforts, they have helped save more than 7.5 million pets bringing them to permanent homes. Their blog also covers interesting topics such as a recent story about What It’s Like to Live With a Deaf Dog.


Muttville in the San Francisco Bay Area of California was founded in 2007 by Sherri Franklin after nearly 15 years as an animal advocate in San Francisco. Muttville is a senior dog rescue and has rescued 2,700+ dogs since it began. The organization helps with pet legislation, and advising shelters and leaders. They are always looking for creative ways to match rescue dogs with their forever families.

Homeward Trails

Homeward Trails rescues animals in need, but they do not have a “shelter,” so they depend on people to foster any animal they rescue. They have association with shelters in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, DC, and North Carolina. They advise that fostering a pet can take anywhere from a few days to several months, getting the animal ready for its permanent placement in a good home.


PAWS is made of up of people who are there to help animals since they have no voice of their own in the human world. People who are there to protect and love animals. It was established in 1967 and have brought 130K animals into lifetime placement. They have also helped more than 115K orphaned and injured wild animals. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Lynnwood, Washington not far from Seattle. They help where needed throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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