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Foster Dogs Incorporated

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Foster Dogs, Inc. is the leading organization in creating positive, inclusive foster communities by providing support, experience, and innovative programs. Foster Dogs connects rescue organizations, adopters, fosters, and other partners together in our shared mission to help animals in need. We create a comfortable, welcoming environment through open communication and support. As the leading community resource we provide expert advice, quality marketing, and several outstanding specialized programs.

Target demographics: The bridge to creating a positive and inclusive animal foster community

Direct beneficiaries per year: one dog per day, to find a foster or adoptive home!

Geographic areas served: New York City area and across the US

Programs: senior shelter dog fostering, donations to local rescue groups, education for new caretakers, dog care materials, free community events, and more

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On behalf of Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue, I am so grateful to Foster Dogs Inc! As a foster based rescue in NYC, we are so happy to have been able to partner up with Foster Dogs. They are a great team to work with and have aided in helping us recruit so many new fosters all throughout NYC for the countless dogs we save. Their team understands that sometimes finding a foster for a dog in need can be urgent, they are always professional, responsive and timely. They also host networking events and educational seminars which have also proven to be valuable and fun.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow where to start. Foster Dogs is not only a rescue through which I've met and fostered several loves of my life, they are also like a family to me. When my dog Zion passed at the sweet old age of 17 I decided I wanted to fospice (foster hospice) senior dogs. I found Foster Dogs online and applied for their fospice program. Within a few weeks I was contacted by one of the volunteers and shortly after had my first fospice, Princess Leia. I cared for three fospice dogs and 1 foster through Foster Dogs Inc and it was the most rewarding work I've ever done. The women behind the rescue are absolutely amazing and truly became my role models. Foster Dogs Inc has integrity, heart, and compassion in spades. The saddest part of moving away from NYC was saying goodbye to my foster family. I cannot recommend this organization enough, they are the real deal.

Dawn Woolard G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family had a wonderful experience with Foster Dogs Inc. I knew a few years ago that I would like to eventually bring a hospice dog here to be with our family. Last year, a little before halloween, I felt the time was right. I started my search, but had very specific criteria due to my family life and environment in which I wanted the dog to thrive in. I passed on a few local dogs due to needing to meet this criteria.

A 'friend of a friend' mentioned Foster Dogs Inc. so I contacted them immediately. I was disappointed to find out that their Hospice program remained fairly local to the New York area (I am in Ct). However, after chatting with Melissa and Leslie a bit, we made a plan for me to actually ADOPT a hospice dog directly through a shelter, yet they would provide me with much of the perks and support systems that are in place for their dogs that are in their Fospice Program . For me, it has been a PERFECT hybrid of adoption and support.

We were contacted about a couple of dogs after Christmas, but I didn't feel it was the right fit. Then, in April, we were contacted about a 16 year old Chihuahua that has mammary tumors. We took her in and haven't look back since. Our little Fran is absolutely amazing, and is an absolute perfect fit for our family of 6 and multiple animals. She was worth the wait.

Jess H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster dog is a wonderful organization and the volunteers are compassionate, dedicated, and making a huge change within the rescue world. As a rescue, FD helps in many ways; adoption events, finding fosters, exposure, social media, and many events for our volunteers to attend to learn, grown, and expand our knowledge of rescue. Thank you for all that you do! Friends with Four Paws appreciates you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I run a foster-based rescue group in NYC, and Foster Dogs has been invaluable to me and our pups over the years, helping us find foster homes for dogs in need and encouraging networking among rescue groups & shelters. Their rescuer happy hours provide networking opportunities, their education series helps rescue professionals share ideas, and their resources have been utilized by many of our fosters over the years. Thank you Sarah & team FDI!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I moved to the NYC area last fall I made it a priority to get involved with an animal welfare organization because I was desperately missing my dogs back home and volunteering with rescue animals had been an important part of my life for some time. I came across Foster Dogs and was drawn to the organization because of the unique events that I saw on their social media pages, and in their photos, it looked like the volunteers were having such a great time! After browsing their website I was further impressed by their Board of Directors and Steering Committee. Soon after, I began volunteering with them and I can confidently say that their volunteers ARE having a fabulous time and doing good for animals all at once! Fast forward to earlier this year when Sarah asked if I might want to foster a cute senior pup from the Brooklyn ACC. Smokey needed a home without other pets and I was eager to have a dog in my home again after fostering and adopting out my fosters from another organization. From the very beginning of my fostering journey with FDI I was supported and given many tools and resources to help find Smokey a forever home. We worked with a wonderful trainer, received great veterinary care, attended adoption events, and had multiple professional photo sessions. After a couple of months, it turned out that Smokey had actually been in his forever home all along...with me and my boyfriend! The support from Foster Dogs did not end there. We were fortunate enough to have been offered additional training sessions, as well as many months worth of heart medication for Smokey through Foster Dogs' partnership with Susie's Senior Dogs. Additionally, we know that through Foster Dogs we have access to a community of supportive fellow fosters, adopters, volunteers, and advocates who are willing to share their knowledge and advice. This has all made for a wonderful fostering and adoption experience that my boyfriend and I are so grateful for. Foster Dogs is an incredible resource to have in the NYC area and is an organization that we will recommend to others over and over again.

1 Shirley S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to New York City from Hong Kong in 2017, I had missed my family dogs very much and was looking at adopting a dog of my own. I attended the Furry Valentines dog adoption event organized by Foster Dogs Inc. and met Sarah and her team about the adoptable dogs. While I did not leave the event with a furry companion, Foster Dogs Inc. inspired me to start fostering dogs while I continue my search. Foster Dogs Inc. connected me with my first foster dog named Mango, with Sean Casey Animal Rescue. He was a senior Chihuahua-mix who's a grumpy grandpa and also epileptic. He stayed with me for over 8 months (and was returned a coupled of times) before finding his pawfect mom. Throughout the fostering period, Foster Dogs Inc. provided me with a lot of indispensable resources and generously included Mango in many of their adoption events. I will remain forever grateful for all that they do in supporting rescues and fosters, and advocating for the voiceless in need.

Since Mango, I have fostered 10 other rescued dogs, one of which was Pinky, a senior Chihuahua who was pulled from NYACC by Foster Dogs Inc. She was emaciated and Foster Dogs Inc. helped pull a team of amazing people together to nurse this beautiful soul back to great health and spirit, and finding her a wonderful new home, of course!

Foster Dogs Inc. have made great strides in rescuing dogs in need and connecting them with foster homes. Look forward to seeing them clear the shelters one day!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot rave enough about my experience with Foster Dogs. They, along with other non-profits in NY, saved Mimi from the streets of Harlem. She was covered in mammary tumors, making it hard for her to walk. Foster Dogs worked with Susie's Senior Dogs to sponsor Mimi's much needed surgeries. Mimi is now the picture of perfect health and is as happy as ever.

Foster Dogs helped me just as much as they did Mimi - I couldn't imagine my life without her. Comprised of fantastic leadership and dedicated volunteers, Foster Dogs is a 5/5 star organization.

1 Oyindamola A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Foster Dogs has been a most supportive and wonderful experience. As a member of their fospice program (Chloe’s Fospice Friends), Wiley has received so much support and love and it makes the experience so much easier. I never feel like I’m alone on this journey and all the members of the team I have interacted with have been professional and very timely with their response. Wiley and I will be forever grateful for their support and hard work

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding the right dog to adopt in NYC can be extremely overwhelming, but I was lucky enough to work with Foster Dogs throughout the process. Their robust social media presence allowed me to discover Chewy, and when I reached out with questions, they were immediately responsive and informative. They shared with me the benefits of adopting an older dog, and the things to watch out for. The adoption process, while thorough, was worked through quickly and was never needlessly burdensome. Most importantly, though, it's through their hard and tireless work that Chewy came into my life.

We've since volunteered at an event with Foster Dogs, Inc., and, unsurprisingly, everyone there is incredibly professional, organized, and devoted to the cause. Because this has remained consistent throughout all of my dealings with them, I even went as far to give my full-throated recommendation to my company to partner with FDI at any possible opportunity.

TL;DR: Foster Dogs, Inc., is a wonderful organization doing incredible work; they brought my own pup into my life and I look forward to volunteering and working with them in the future.

1 Mike H.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog directly through foster dogs and had a phenomenal experience. Sarah is the absolutely best. She's so dedicated to the dogs and their programs are incredible. We recently benefited from their lending library and a previously through an old program (operation foster bound). Foster Dogs is bringing people together and helping the rescue community work together, rather than working in individual spheres. So grateful for all that they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with FDI, I love the work we do. Everyone involved is diligent, competent, and attentive to dogs and humans alike. The creativity of outreach, workshops, and events make FDI so unique and affective.

Abby B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster Dogs Inc. is a special one - I met this little mush volunteering, and just couldn't say goodbye!

I had been searching for a fur baby to call my own, and this one came to me. Ben arrived first at the Joybird event in May, and instantly charmed us all with his makeshift raincoat. After a fun filled day of getting to know all the dogs, and watching this little one closely, I followed him to his next event at Adoptapalooza and brought him home.

Ben and I have had so many adventures together already, and have the Foster Dog team to thank.

To many more!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster Dogs is a one-of-a-kind non-profit that is focused on enhancing the lives not just of dogs but of the rescues within the community. Staffed by passionate and smart volunteers, I have been so impressed by their dedication to education but also the way they use social media to bring awareness and accessibility to people interested in fostering (or who become interested because of them!).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster Dogs NYC is such an awesome nonprofit. I have worked with the organization volunteering at numerous Puppy Parties and Foster Dogs NYC really creates a great little community bringing in people who have the same interest in helping dogs find their forever homes! Since volunteering with the organization, it has sparked my interest in fostering and I have met some great people who truly want find each and every dog the perfect family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of fostering with Foster Dogs through their Famous Fosters program and it was an amazing experience! The Foster Dogs team was helpful and supportive throughout the entire process, and we were able to place my foster pup, Honey, into the perfect forever home.

1 Abigail B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found my furry friend through Foster Dogs Inc and I couldn’t be happier with my pup and with how this agency treated me! They were so kind and patient as I asked questions and decided if this dog was the right one for me. They followed up several times after the adoption to see how my dog and I were getting along, which I greatly appreciated! They were quick to answer all of my questions and were very helpful and kind. I would recommend Foster Dogs Inc to anyone looking to adopt and or even Foster a dog. I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me and taking in such an amazing dog that has taken my heart!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've followed Foster Dogs for a long time and have admired their amazing work from afar. I was so excited to work with them on a collaborative event recently with Pinups for Pitbulls and I was so inspired by their dedication, passion and professionalism. Their team truly love what they do and planning this event at Boris and Horton was simple and organized! I look forward to working with them again soon!

Calla P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Foster Dogs brought their A-Game at our event along with the most adorable puppies and kitties!! They went above and beyond the call of duty and our event was a hit because of the time and effort they put in for us. Sarah and her team are amazing to work with and made everything so easy and great! We look forward to our next event with Foster Dogs!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Foster Dogs helped to organize an incredible puppy party for Tasting Table. Sarah is responsive and organized and brought a great group of volunteers to help out with the sweetest puppies that you can imagine. Our team was thrilled - it was a huge morale booster and everyone had a great time getting to play. They're a great organization, I highly recommend working with them!