What is Fostering?

Our foster program allows WBCR to rescue dogs who might otherwise be euthanized in overcrowded shelters and place them in the safety and comfort of a home environment.

Life in a shelter can be stressful for many dogs, and the overcrowding many shelters experience make it difficult to provide individual attention to the dogs.  When rescue dogs are placed in foster they are able to relax and enjoy life in a temporary home while waiting for their forever homes.  Foster families are able to observe dogs in a home environment and provide information to adopters on the dog's personality, habits and needs.  Fosters can work on basic good manners' training or other issues that will help the dogs become more adoptable.

Who Can Foster?

Anyone within a hour's distance of Wish Bone can apply to foster..  We welcome fosters with children and other pets.  We require that all pets living in the foster home be up to date on all vaccinations.  You must reside within 60 minutes from Bloomington/Normal in case of an emergency and your foster dog may need to see our veterinarian.  If you meet these requirements, we'd love to have you foster for us!

Foster FAQs

Q:  Do I get to choose which dogs I foster?

A: Yes!  We rescue a variety of breeds, sizes and personalities.  We will share all we know about each dog and invite you to decide which dogs might be a good fit in your home.

Q.  How long would I have a foster dog?

A:  If the foster dog is a good fit in your home, we ask that you keep the dog until we find a forever home.  A typical foster stay is about a month.  Some breeds/sizes go more quickly and others more slowly.

Q:  What if the foster dog doesn't work out in my house?

A:  As a foster, you're under no obligation to keep a dog that does not fit in your home.  We are happy to provide training and management tips to help make fostering a pleasant experience, but if a dog is not a good fit for your family, we will find him/her a new foster home.

Q:  Do I control when I foster?

A:  You may choose to foster as often as you like.  If you want to have a foster dog in your home most of the time, great!  If you would rather take breaks between fostering, or if a busy schedule sometimes make it difficult for you to foster, we are happy to accommodate.

Q:  What if I decide I want to adopt my foster dog?

A:  We try to give our fosters first chance at adopting.  If you decide you want to make your foster dog a permanent part of your family, we'll be happy to work with you to arrange the adoption.

Q:  Do I have to pay for vet care, food, or other expenses?

A:  No.  Wish Bone provides all dog care items needed, including food, bowls, crates, collar and leash, medications & preventatives and veterinary care   


WBCR fosters are asked to commit to the following:

  • Ensure their foster dog attend all WBCR adoption events.  Help with transport can be arranged, if necessary
  • Be available for adoption meeting between adoption events
  • Work on basic training with foster dog while they are in your home.
  • Provide a safe, loving home for your foster dog while they wait for their forever home.-

If you have further questions, please contact a member of the foster team at: wbcr.fosterteam@gmail.com.  To become a foster, please complete the foster application.

Foster  Program