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When you foster, you help save two lives: the dog you take home and the dog entering an open kennel at a shelter. It’s one of the most impactful & rewarding ways to get involved in the animal welfare community. The benefits of fostering are endless, but according to our current fosters, the best part is knowing that you played a crucial role in saving a life!


A foster saved

each of these happy dogs!

The Details

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's and their dogs!  Classes are located in Livonia and we encourage our volunteers to attend.  We utilize humane, reward-based, force-free training methods.

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