Foster a Dog or Cat

Our wonderful foster volunteers are the backbone of our organization. If you’re willing to open your home to a deserving animal in need of some love and care, this is the thing for you! We provide everything for our Orphans including all medical expenses, food, basic supplies. We have an awesome network of volunteers to support if you need a day of dog sitting, help with a car ride, or a bit of behavior management advice. We’ll search for the perfect, responsible, well matched adopter for your foster animal and do everything to set our Wagging Dog or Cat up for a successful future with their furever family. If this sounds like a life saving service that you can provide to a homeless pet, please fill out a Foster Application and send it to

Wagging Dog and Cat Fosters

Wagging Dog Rescue ALWAYS needs people to foster dogs and cats. These are the folks who are able to make a long term commitment to caring for their foster animal until we find a perfect forever family. We’ve had dogs and cats in foster care for 5 days to more than a year. It’s impossible to say how long an animal needs to find a great home so we really need foster families who are able to make the full commitment, otherwise our Orphan has to go into boarding and that’s no quality of life for anyone. If you’ve got an opening for a temporary guest in your heart and home, please send us a completed foster app today! Where are the foster addicts?!

DiscoverMe Dog and Cat™ Fosters

Wanna foster a dog or cat but only have a few weeks at a time to donate? Do you have above average canine or feline know-how with a solid understanding of animal communication and body language? Are you perhaps a dog trainer or behaviorist, or an aspiring one? Perhaps this foster spot is the role for you! WDR began an innovative fostering partnership with the San Diego Department of Animal Services Carlsbad shelter and the Orange County Animal Care Shelter – the DiscoverMe Project™. Check out the DMP page to read about the program and see our numerous successes. We’re looking for people who can foster a dog or cat from the Carlsbad or Orange County shelter for 2-3 weeks at a time, who will be able to give the animal time and patience for decompression, and who can help that pup show us his/her true personality which may be having a hard time shining through their shelter kennel bars. Are you the skilled and savvy person that these shelter animals are desperately hoping for? If so, please contact us TODAY!

A Poem To My Foster Dog ~ by Diane Morgan

I am the bridge, between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush, because my heart melted when I saw you,
matted, sore, limping, depressed, lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.
I am made of steel, because when the time comes,
when you are well, and sleek, when your eyes shine, and your tail wags with joy
then comes the hard part.
I will let you go
– not without a tear, but without a regret, for you are safe forever –
A new dog needs me now!
Some heartfelt words from our Foster Parents … ♥
  • Penny ~ who has fostered several Wagging Pups and seen them safely into their loving forever homes
  • Verena ~ first time foster, long time supporter of WDR, whose foster baby just found her furever people!
  • Aileen ~ was our first foster of all time! Check out her page and see some of her foster pups!


WDR thanks our amazing Foster Families,
without whom so many animals would not be
alive, happy and loved today.