Leashes of Love is an entirely foster-based rescue. Millions of dogs are euthanized in shelters every year for lack of space and resources. We do our best to save as many lives as we can, but we cannot rescue a dog from a shelter without a foster home. Fosters are the backbone and heroes within our rescue. As an approved foster, please remember there is no cost to you. All vetting and supplies are 100% covered by the rescue. All you need to provide is a little space and lots of TLC.
That's where you come in.
Fosters guide our dogs as they take their first steps into freedom. Many of our dogs have been abused and neglected their entire lives, and a foster's main job is to show them love. In fact, we want to make sure that giving them love and support is all you have to worry about, so we provide everything else. This includes food, vet care, guidance, and other essentials.
We want this experience to be as rewarding for you as it is life changing for your dog. We carefully match up foster dogs with foster parents based on your household's needs. We rescue dogs of all ages and sizes, so your foster will fit perfectly in your family. Keep in mind, however, that foster dogs go through a lot of change in a short amount of time. Many often go into foster homes stressed or even traumatized. You have the privilege of giving them a safe, secure and loving home, so please have patience as they adapt.
Finding a furever home operates on an unpredictable timeline. Some dogs get adopted in days, while some take years. It really does depend on how much time fosters commit to the process. If you decide that you cannot let your foster go, we do allow fosters to adopt. “Foster Fail” is a real thing; just let us know and we will happily discuss it with you. The important thing to remember is that fostering saves lives, and by letting your foster dog go to a forever home, you free up space for another dog in need. It truly is a rewarding experience.
As a foster, your main job will be to show your dog as much love as possible. Additional responsibilities include:
Are you ready to become a foster? Complete the application below and an LOLR representative will reach out to you shortly to schedule a home check. Thank you, and we hope to meet you soon!
If you are interested in entering the LOLR foster base, please read the below document which outlines all of the details about fostering, as well as answers frequently asked questions.
Hello, my name is Lana Gangnes and I have been a foster for several years. There is nothing more special than being part of a team that saves animals. I remember my first foster and all the others in between. Each puppy brought into my home had a special personality and purpose. My children have grown up with a compassion for animals because of fostering. I would say it’s one of our most valued treasures as a family. The memories of our pups are priceless
Dakota started as my foster in September of 2018. LOLR pulled her immediately once I committed and was amazing from the start. They got her great vet care, food, a crate, bed and toys (even though she didn’t use the toys lol). They were very active in wondering how she was growing and responding to becoming a pet rather than stray. Within a week, I knew she’d never leave, but I let her keep adjusting. Finally, December 5th she became mine. LOLR was beyond excited. DJ has made a complete 180 from the day I got her. She is still very wary of the world, but overall has become the goofiest, fun-loving, sweetest and really smart dog. She’s learning how to do new things almost daily and loves her little family now. She has a fur sister and a cat brother now, loving them both so much. She’s a huge fan of walks now (she only started those a couple months ago), hiking, wrestling with her sister, and getting forced to cuddle. Her before and afters are unrecognizable, personality wise & physically.
Fostering brings so much joy to my life. Each and every dog that I’ve had the honor to foster has a place in my heart forever. It doesn’t matter if they’ve been with me for one week or for two years. Being the stepping stone that leads to a loving, forever family is beyond rewarding. It truly is good for my soul. Yes, there have been tears shed when the time to say goodbye arrived, but seeing these amazing dogs thriving in their new homes with their amazing families, where they otherwise may not have had the opportunity, makes it all worthwhile.