Become a Foster

Because the only thing better than getting a second chance is giving one.

Waggin’ Tails is a foster-based rescue without a shelter to house our dogs so every person who opens their heart and home to a dog in need is truly a life-saver and has the power to change an animal’s life in a very direct way! 

Our foster parents play a vital role in a rescued dog’s journey because they are often the first to find out about a dog's unique personality and teach them the basics.


Fostering keeps dogs out of crowded shelters, leaving space for another. The love, routine, and security of a foster family can make a world of difference.

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What is Fostering

It means bringing a homeless dog into your home, caring for them, providing them with affection and socialization, until a permanent family comes along who will love them forever.

The Details of Fostering

As an all-breed rescue, we make every effort to place dogs into your care that you feel comfortable with and/or that we believe your abilities can handle, whether senior, adult or even puppies.


Waggin’ Tails provides all of the necessary supplies (crate, leash/collar, food, heartworm and flea prevention, etc.).  Foster dogs are provided with medical care through our veterinary partners and you’ll likely need to transport a dog to a vet’s office for vaccines/treatment as a foster guardian. 

Foster dogs are not perfect.  They likely will need patience, affection and understanding as they learn the rules of your home, socialization, and basic training.  Many dogs will need time to adjust to life outside of a shelter or other situation.  Watching these amazing souls come out of their shells is one of the best parts of fostering!


Foster guardians must be available to facilitate meet-n-greets with potential adopters and respond in a timely manner to our adoption coordinator who manages inquiries/applications. As a foster, you will always be part of the adoption process.

Note:  We partner with Training Buddies who provides free basic obedience training for our foster dogs!  Classes are located in Livonia and we encourage our volunteers to attend.  We utilize humane, reward-based, force-free training methods.   Our dogs that are dog-social can attend doggy daycare at 4-Legged Friends Daycare and Boarding in Livonia, as well. 

Becoming a foster parent allows you to experience of changing a dog's future and become part of a wonderful community of people who have the same passion for animals that you do!   Join us!

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