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Volunteer Foster Parent - Dog

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Fostering a dog is such a rewarding way to make a difference AND make a new best friend! By fostering an animal, you are saving a life!

Fostering a dog for ALR means:
* You welcome a new friend into your home- walk, play, and love them! They become a temporary member of the family.
* Foster parents work with ALR in making the dog available for meet and greets so that dog can find it’s forever home.
* There is no financial commitment to fostering. ALR provides everything you will need - food, crate, toys, poop bags... a goodie bag of supplies comes with every dog!
* All ALR dogs are fully vetted beforehand. Vaccines are up to date and they are all spayed/neutered.
* Already have a pet at home? That’s okay! Most foster dogs do very well with living in a multi-pet household. Bring your own pup along to meet your foster dog and we can make sure it's a good match!

Ready to sign up and learn more about this wonderful opportunity?
Go to www.alrcares.com/application

2 More opportunities with ANIMAL LIGHTHOUSE RESCUE



Upper West Side, NEW YORK, NY 10023, US

Mission Statement

We are Animal Lighthouse Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of satos (island dogs) through our no-kill partner shelter El Faro de los Animales in Puerto Rico and a team of volunteers in New York City. Our mission is to better the quality of life for abandoned satos in Puerto Rico by educating the local communities, helping establish humane treatment options, and placing them in loving homes here in NYC.


Sato is slang for stray dog in Puerto Rico. They are small to medium sized island dogs that are highly intelligent, healthy and quick to bond with those who give them affection. As with most mixed-breed dogs though, it’s difficult to describe the many different personalities and beautiful mixes that come from the combination of breeds on the island. We encourage you to take a look for yourself!

Satos are considered a problem throughout the island. With estimates of some 200,000+ dogs living on the streets, the locals don’t have a lot of patience for these "pests" and at best ignore them. If a sato happens to end up in one of the local shelters they aren’t there for very long. ** sad fact warning** Puerto Rico’s euthanasia rates are around 95% (vs only 15% in NYC) and unfortunately because of the excess of dogs everywhere there are almost no adoptions. Despite the conditions, the satos are remarkably happy and friendly dogs. They grow up in a variety of circumstance living amongst other dogs, cats, and children making them very easy-going.

Adopting a sato means, in the most basic way, saving its life.



We'll work with your schedule.


Upper West SideNew York, NY 10023



  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Fostering a dog is usually a 2 week commitment but flexibility is very appreciated!

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