Foster a Dog in Your Home


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2061 15th Ave. WestSeattle, WA 98119


Join our popular Foster Dog Program for a uniquely rewarding experience. Apply at today (copy & paste the link into your browser). By fostering Seattle’s most vulnerable animals, you support the shelter’s mission to help find permanent homes for abandoned, orphaned, or neglected animals. It’s a fun project, and a life-saving one at that!

The goal is find wonderful adoptive homes for dogs. These animals benefit from a level of care and enrichment only available in a home environment. Foster families feed, exercise, socialize, train, rehabilitate as needed, and market their animals for adoption.

Foster parents with the following skills and experience are particularly needed:

  • Knowledge of dog body language
  • Working knowledge of postivie training techniques
  • Working knowledge of counter-conditioning and desensitization
  • Excellent leash handling skills
  • Ability to socialize shy dogs
  • Ability to provide enrichment
  • Ability to give medications to dogs
  • Photography
  • Biography writing

Please note this role may require frequent transportation of the animal in your care to and from the shelter - applicants who live within the City of Seattle or live very close to city limits are preffered for this reason. You will receive specialized training, and the support of a dedicated and knowledgeable case manager. All medical care is covered by the shelter’s Help the Animals Fund. Fostering is generally several months long, as when training an animal towards good social skills, or rehabilitating an animal post-surgery. Fostering can be shorter term too, such as providing vacation coverage to other foster families. Foster training sessions are held monthly at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

Foster parents need ease of transportation to and from the shelter for animal pick up, in-shelter veterinary visits, meeting potential adopters, etc.

Apply to become a foster care volunteer today! Complete our online volunteer profile at and make sure to select "Foster Care Volunteer-Dogs" as your program preference.

Thank you for your interest!


  • Animal Care / Handling

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  • Orientation or Training
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