Fostering a dog means you get to help give a dog a second chance at life.

Rescue dogs come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of them come from good homes where the owner was simply no longer able to care for them. Others have been neglected or abused, or have been puppy mill dogs. Many have spent time in shelters and have “failed” to find new homes there.

What they all have in common is that they’ve just come through a huge change in their lives. And they all come with baggage. Some have bad habits like barking or jumping. Some have never learned to walk on a leash. Some are anxious, some are needy.

Fostering a dog means welcoming that dog into your home and helping it adjust to the changes so that it will be able to find its “furever” home.

Rocky Road Rescue provides food, crate, collar, leash and toys. We also pay for all of the dogs’ medical needs and periodically offer training through MK9 Dog Training.

Read this article on the Lucky Dog Rescue blog about why we can do what we do:

Fostering is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. It’s given me more joy, laughter, and love than I deserve. At the end, there’s always heartbreak. But never for a second does the sadness outweigh the joy. Never do the tears outweigh the laughter. And never does the pain outweigh the love. Heartbreak heals… but love is forever.


We ask our fosters to treat the dog as they would their own pet:

Dogs often come out of their shells after they’ve been in a home for a couple of weeks, so the initial assessment of a dog may change. So, we rely on your feedback about the dog to know whether we need to provide more support for you or medical treatment for the dog.

We also ask that you help us find the dog an adoptive family. This may mean:

Your assessment of whether the dog and adopter are a good fit is extremely valuable! It’s worth noting that there may be several “meet & greets” before an adoption is finalized.

You can expect to have the dog in your home for a few weeks. Sometimes, but rarely, it goes longer than that.

Still interested in fostering?

We’d love to hear from you!

Please send an e-mail to

or complete our Foster Application Form.