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We are temporarily NOT accepting foster applications. We have a number of dogs in permanent care (special needs, hospice and retirement care), which prevents us from taking in any new dogs at this time. New rescues will be taken in when space becomes available. Thank you so much for considering to help. Please go to Petfinder to search for a local rescue or shelter that could benefit from your services.

If you are unable to make the commitment of providing long-term care for a dog, but would like to work with dogs, consider becoming a foster parent. Your help is desperately needed, and you will make a significant contribution to the rescue effort. Your assistance can be on a short-term basis, but the rewards for you, and the benefits for the dog(s) you help will be lasting.

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  • You must be at least 21 years old to foster.
  • You must be a resident of Westchester County, Rockland County, the Bronx, or Manhattan, as a home visit must be conducted and dogs will need to be transported to and from lower Westchester County. (Transportation can be arranged if you are unable to travel.)
  • The person who will be the primary caretaker of the dog must be the applicant.
  • You must be able to provide a photo identification and proof of residence.
  • If applicable, you must be able to provide proof that your landlord or managing agent permits pets in your residence.
  • All pets in your home must be spayed or neutered, and current in their vaccinations and heartworm prevention.
  • You must be willing to complete the foster home application in full, participate in an interview, allow your references including your veterinarian to be called, submit to a home visit, and sign a foster home agreement.
  • If possible, isolate a sick/contagious dog from other household pets. Shelter dogs frequently contract kennel cough. The dog will be vaccinated with Bordatella prior to placement in your care, and may be on medication, but he/she may still be contagious for a brief period of time. Even though your dog may have been vaccinated, due to the numerous strains of kennel cough, exposure to other dogs should still be avoided during the incubation and contagious period.

Expectations of Foster Parent:
  • You must be willing to welcome the foster dog into your home and treat him/her as a loved family member.
  • You must be able to provide a good quality dog food.
  • You must be willing to evaluate behavior, crate train, housebreak and/or paper train, teach basic manners, socialize, and administer medication if necessary.
  • You must be able to confine the dog in a crate, or in a separate room, such as the kitchen, when you are not at home until behavior is evaluated. This is to protect your possessions and other household pets, as well as to provide for the safety of the foster dog.
  • If possible, assist with transportation.
  • If possible, speak with potential adopters about the dog.

What to Expect from the Foster Dog:

Please be patient with your foster dog while he/she learns the rules of your home. Remember, this dog may have never been properly trained, may have been treated harshly, may have been in several homes, and may have even spent time in a shelter. The dog may be confused and unsure of what is expected, and frightened by his/her new environment. Behavior that may have been allowed or even rewarded by a previous owner or caretaker may not be approved of in your home. The purpose of the foster home is to provide the rescued dog with structure and stability, and consistent rules which are to be reinforced through positive behavior modification. This will assist your foster dog in making a smooth transition into your home, and eventually into his/her adoptive home. Training while in your temporary care will definitely be necessary. It will take time for your foster dog to settle in, and for the two of you to feel comfortable with one another. Accidents should be expected during this adjustment period. Patience, reasonable periods of confinement, supervised freedom, and training, will help your foster dog's behavior to become trustworthy. However, you should be aware that there may be issues that will never be fully corrected.

  1. Foster application. The purpose of the questionnaire is to determine if a potential foster parent is physically and emotionally prepared to accept the responsibility of caring for a dog on a temporary basis.
  2. Telephone interview. This enables TTR to further assess the potential foster, as well as to answer any questions about the fostering process.
  3. Reference Check. Two personal references and a veterinary reference will be called to help assess the potential foster parent.
  4. Home visit. This allows TTR to see the environment where the foster dog will be residing. This includes a safety check of any fencing or terrace/deck railing, if applicable, and for a TTR representative to meet any other household pets.
  5. Sign foster agreement. This is a legally binding agreement designed to protect the health and welfare of the foster dog.
  6. Take home a dog and start fostering!

  • The foster parent will be advised of all known health and behavioral issues. However, the history of most rescued dogs is unknown. The foster parent must be willing to foster the dog at his/her own risk.
  • TTR will provide for all health care expenses. This includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering, teeth cleaning if necessary, heartworm testing and monthly prevention, flea and tick treatment if necessary, medication, and veterinary care as needed.
  • The foster dog will be vaccinated prior to placement in the foster home. However, spaying or neutering, teeth cleaning, and heartworm testing may need to be arranged at a later date.
  • In case of emergency, TTR must be notified immediately. Payment for emergency veterinary care will only be reimbursed in full providing there has been pre-authorization and receipts have been submitted for all services performed. An emergency contact number and instructions will be provided.
  • A collar, harness, and leash will be provided, and a sweater if necessary.
  • Supportive services are available 24 hours a day for emergencies, and between 9 am and 9 pm for general information. A contact number will be provided.
  • Arrangements will be made for the dog to be groomed as needed.

Please copy and paste the following application to this e-mail link: kathy@tinytreasuresrescue.com, or send as an attachment in a word document. If you do not get a response to your e-mail within several days, please write again (and make sure to put something relevant in the subject line). Every e-mail receives a response. Unfortunately due to excessive SPAM, sometimes important mail gets deleted accidentally as JUNK.

If you have difficulty sending this application, you can print it out and mail to TTR. Please contact TTR and you will be given the address.

If you would like an application to be mailed to you, please contact TTR. You must provide your full name, address, apartment #, City, State, and Zip code.

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Tiny Treasures Rescue
Foster Home Application

How did you find TTR?

Personal Information


Address, apt #:

City, State, Zip:


Phone #: (indicate if home/work/cell, and include area code)

Best time to reach you:

E-mail address:


Current employer:

How long have you worked at your present job?

How long do you work each day?

Does your job require you to travel?

Home Environment

Do you live in a house, townhouse, condo, coo-op, or apartment?

How long have you lived at this address?

Do you own or rent your current residence?

If you rent, have you confirmed with your landlord that you can have pets?

When does your lease expire?

Do you plan to move within the next year?

If you own a townhouse, condo or co-op, have you confirmed with the managing agent that you can have pets?

Are you willing to provide a copy of your lease or a notarized statement from your landlord or managing agent authorizing pet occupancy?

Do you have a yard?
If yes, is it fenced?
If yes, have you inspected the fencing carefully to ensure that there are no holes where a small dog could escape or dig through?

Do you have a doggy door?

Do you have a deck or terrace?
If yes, can a small dog fit through the railing and fall off?

Household Information

Names, ages, and relationship of everyone in your household:

Do you or any member of your household have any medical condition (including allergies or asthma) that might interfere with fostering a dog?

Does everyone in the household want to foster a dog and agree to participate in his/her care?
If no, then why?

Present / Prior Pets

Please list all pets currently in your home (name, male/female, age, breed/species):

Are they all spayed/neutered?
If no, then why?

Are they all current on their vaccinations and heartworm prevention?

Where did you get your pets (breeder, shelter, stray):

What prior pets have you owned:

What happened to these pets?

Have you ever had to have a pet euthanized?
If yes, why?

Have you ever had a pet lost, poisoned, hit by a car, seriously ill or suffer from a chronic condition?
Please explain:

Have you ever brought a pet to a shelter?
If yes, then why?

Have you ever participated in obedience or agility classes?

Responsible Dog Ownership

What will you like most about fostering a dog?

What will you like least about fostering a dog?

Will you clean up after your foster dog in public places?

Will you abide by leash laws?

Will you allow the foster dog to run loose?

Foster Dog

Have you ever fostered before?

Why do you want to foster a dog now?

Do you have any preferences/requirements for a foster dog? (i.e. breed, age, size, personality, energy level)

How long will the dog be left alone each day?

Where will the dog stay when you are not home?

Where will the dog sleep?

Where will the dog eat?

Where will the dog relieve him/herself?

How will the dog be exercised?

Do you have any experience with grooming? (coat care, nail clipping, ear cleaning, teeth cleaning)

Do you have a crate, (it should be large enough for the dog to sit, stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably), a baby gate, or other means to confine the dog when you are not at home?

Can you isolate a sick/contagious dog from other household pets?

What behavioral problems are you willing to work with?

How will you encourage acceptable behavior?

How will you deal with behavior problems?

Can you transport a dog to and from lower Westchester County?

When can you start?

What is your time frame for service?

Please provide any additional information that you would like TTR to consider when reviewing your application.


Please provide two personal references, over the age of 18, who are not living with you. One of these references must not be related.

City, State:
Phone # (indicate if home/work/cell, and include area code)
Best time to call:

City, State:
Phone # (indicate if home/work/cell, and include area code)
Best time to call:

Please provide a veterinary reference if possible.

Check which applies:
( ) This is my current veterinarian.
( ) This is the vet that I plan to use in an emergency.

Name of practice:
Name of doctor:
City, State:
Phone # (include area code)

Please contact all references and give them permission to talk to a TTR representative.

I certify that the above information is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge, and that I have not willfully concealed any information that may hinder my ability to properly provide foster care for a dog. I certify that I have never been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment by a court of law or other governmental authority. I understand that submission of this application is not a guarantee of fostering for TTR.

I consent for a TTR representative to contact my references, including my veterinarian.


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Thank you for volunteering to foster a TTR dog!

Thank you for taking the time to complete this application. It will be processed as quickly as possible. We know that you must be excited about the possibility of fostering a dog, but please be patient. Every application receives a response. You will be contacted ASAP.

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