Thank you so much for your interest in fostering an animal in need. We are always seeking foster homes for cats and dogs. Foster homes are the most important part of our rescue. Without foster homes, we are unable to rescue animals who would otherwise be euthanized. Many animals do not do well in a shelter environment, regardless of the level of care.  They are much more well-adjusted, have fewer behavior problems, and are overall happier when they have been acclimated to life in a home.

ALIVE Rescue Memphis provides each foster home with the necessary supplies they will need to care for their foster animal, including food, crate, bedding, toys, treats, and any necessary medication.  We cover all vet care (from our approved veterinarians) during the foster period, as well as any daycare and/or boarding needs.  All you provide is love, patience, and stability as they make their way to their forever home!

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please click here to fill out our foster application. We look forward to receiving your application. Please allow 72 hours for an adoption/foster coordinator to review your application and contact you. The terms for a found dog are different and all details for found dogs can be found on the Found Dog page on this site.


How long are animals in their foster homes?

The length of an animal’s stay in a foster home varies significantly, and there is no way to determine how long the animal will need a foster.  Animals may stay in foster homes anywhere from a few days to several months.  If at any time you need assistance with taking care of your foster animal (going on vacation, etc.), we will provide them with a place to stay while you are gone.  Additionally, if you can no longer foster the animal for any reason, we will provide a new foster home as quickly as possible.

What does ALIVE Rescue Memphis provide?

ALIVE Rescue Memphis covers all financial obligations.  We pay for all the animal’s medical and veterinary expenses, food, supplies, a crate, collar, and leash.  Additionally, we will provide support and guidance on training and the behavior of your foster animal.

What if I can no longer keep my foster animal?

We understand that life events may happen that require a dog to be moved immediately, but please try to give as much notice as possible if you are no longer able to foster so that we can prepare for the animal’s transition.

What if I want to keep my foster animal forever?

If you decide to adopt your foster animal, you will go through the same adoption process as all other adopters.  You can read more about our adoption procedures here:

What if my foster animal needs to go to the vet?

If your foster animal needs to go to the vet, ALIVE Rescue Memphis will cover all veterinary expenses.  More details on this will be provided to you if you become an approved foster home.

What if I need help with training my dog?

Taking in a foster dog can be hard work.  Dogs that come into ALIVE Rescue Memphis are on a wide spectrum of training.  Some dogs require little to no training, while other dogs (especially very young dogs or dogs who have never been family pets) require more training.  The foster dog’s foster coordinator will be there to provide guidance and support on training your foster dog.  If more expertise is needed, we have trainers with whom we will put you in touch. We know that foster families have different abilities in regards to time and commitment, and we ask that you put in as much time as possible training your foster dog as this makes them more adoptable.

What if I already have a pet of my own?

Many people who currently own pets foster with ALIVE Rescue Memphis.  Your current animals must be up-to-date on all vaccinations and be spayed/neutered.  Exposing your pet to other animals is always a health risk, whether that be on walks, in the park, or at the vet.  If you pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and is healthy, the risk is minimal.

Will I be responsible for getting the foster dog adopted?

No, but we do need your help.  Foster dogs need to be made available for adoption events and introductions with qualified applicants.  We do not ask that you have these introductions in your home, but we will need to be able to pick up the dog and take it to the introductions and events. By providing quick responses to inquiries about schedules, you will help make the dog’s adoption go more smoothly.

What are my responsibilities as a foster home?

As a foster home for ALIVE Rescue Memphis, you will need to provide space, meals (food provided by ALIVE), basic training, exercise, and love for the dog.  We will provide you with everything else you need.  We ask that you provide us with regular updates on your foster dog so that we can use this information to find it a suitable forever home.