About Fostering

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Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida Inc. (LRROF) is always in need of foster homes for our rescued Labs. The number of foster homes we have directly determines the number of dogs we can rescue.  The reality is that Labs are frequently turned away or placed on a waiting list until a foster home is available. Unfortunately, some dogs have only days before a shelter or animal control will have to put them down.

Steps to Become an LRROF Foster Home

Apply to Foster

The first step in becoming a foster home is to apply to foster with our organization.
Once we have your application, a volunteer  in your area will contact you to arrange a visit in your home where we will discuss the fostering process.   Please be patient as we are staffed by all volunteers and frequently things don’t happen as quickly as we’d like.  Follow up with us if you don’t hear from us within two weeks.

In-Home Visit

A volunteer will meet with you in your home to discuss fostering with us.
After your home visit, you will be notified as to whether you are approved to foster.  We rarely turn away foster homes.   Our ideal foster home has enough room for a dog to live inside comfortably and a fenced area for them to roam outside.

Start Fostering

Work with a coordinator in your area to find a dog that is suitable as a first foster dog.
Please be aware that if you have children under 7, you will only be able to foster dogs that have a prior small child history.  This is for the protection of your family.

All you need to be a foster home is:

  • An appropriate place to keep a dog
  • Time to spend with your foster dog
  • Patience
  • A heart big enough to love a dog that is in the midst of a stressful transition.

Many of our rescued Labs are stressed from being in a shelter or having their world turned upside-down.  As a foster home, you will watch these stressed and fearful animals relax and become happy again.   You will get to meet potential adopters and will have a say in who gets to adopt the dog that you saved.

Many of our dogs need training and extra care while in foster homes.  We often perform needed surgeries so our foster parents provide post-operative care.  They also sometimes nurse neglected animals back to health.  On the other end of the spectrum, some dogs are happy to be out of their current situation from day one.  You will see the joy in their faces as they enter your home and realize that their ordeal is over and they are starting a new adventure!  Each dog is different.  Many are effortless and are an absolute joy to foster and some require more of your time and energy.  We respect our foster family wishes and try to only give you a dog that you can handle.

Many people are fearful that they will become attached to the dog and it will hurt when the dog is adopted.  Yes, this sometimes happens, but for most people the knowledge that you gave the dog to a great home is enough to override those emotions.  The only way you will truly know is to try.  Every dog  you save will touch you in a different way.

If you really want to make a difference, and you want to save dogs, then becoming a foster home is the best way to do it.

Please note that we do not view our foster homes as potential adopters. If you want to adopt a Lab, please fill out the adoption application instead of the fostering application. What we need most in a foster home is someone who is truly dedicated to helping us save the lives of homeless Labrador Retrievers.

Apply to foster today– we look forward to having you as a valuable member of our volunteer team!