Foster a Lily's Legacy Dog
Can't adopt, but want to share your home and love with a Lily's Legacy dog?
By becoming a foster guardian, you can help us at Lily's Legacy rescue more dogs! At Lily's Legacy, we receive many more requests to accept abandoned or displaced dogs than we have space available. We therefore always need volunteers to foster dogs for an indefinite period of time until those dogs are adopted. In addition, foster homes are often needed on a more short-term basis, while dogs are undergoing medical treatment, or until room for them becomes available at our sanctuary.
Foster guardians provide dogs with food, appropriate exercise, and plenty of love. Medical care is arranged and paid for by Lily's Legacy. In some instances, a volunteer foster may need to administer medications or special diets, and transport foster dog(s) to scheduled medical appointments or adoption events. We ask our fosters to commit to an agreed foster period.
Short Term Foster
In addition to foster guardians who can commit to a dog indefinitely, Lily's Legacy also needs short-term foster homes. Some short-term fosters are for a few days or weeks until space becomes available for a dog at Lily's Legacy. However, often short-term fosters care for dogs undergoing a medical procedure such as surgery or heartworm treatment. These dogs are expected to make a full recovery, but need to be isolated from other dogs during their recovery period. Short-term medical foster homes should have no other animals and one or more family members with a flexible schedule.
To apply, download and fill out our application by clicking the button below.
Our adoptable dogs can also be fostered for a set trial period by potential adopters. This is particularly helpful for those who want to make sure that a dog is a good fit with their family, other pets, and home environment. Please click on the button below to apply.
Please be sure to save the file to your computer, then fill out the downloaded file, rather than filling out the PDF in your internet browser, before saving it as "FirstNameLastName_FosterApplication". Email the application to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or print it out and send it to our mailing address: P.O. Box 751002, Petaluma, CA 94975.
Fospice: End Of Life Care
Fospice provides end-of-life comfort and care to a homeless terminally ill or elderly dog, based on the hospice model. Do you have the right stuff? Contact us to learn more.
Claire, a dedicated foster mom for Lily's Legacy, tells us:
"When I tell people that I foster dogs, they almost always say, 'I could never do that. It would be too hard to let them go. And it's true...it is hard to let these super sweet, senior pups move on to their new homes. Whenever that time comes, I remind myself of the usual positives: he finally found a home forever; he won't have to bounce around anymore; he'll be so loved. Mostly though, I start thinking of my next temporary pup. I don't know where they've been or what they've experienced, but I know I can give them a comfy bed and lots of love (and belly rubs!) until they find a home ... things they might have had to go without in the past. For me, it's much more heart-breaking to think of another dog in need than it is to let one you love go to a new, loving home."