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Fostering for Pawsitive Hearts

Pawsitive Hearts Dog Rescue was founded in 2019, and since then has given a forever home and new life to many dogs that might otherwise have been euthanized. Pawsitive Hearts is a foster-based program, allowing us to save more lives all over Ohio and surrounding areas. Pawsitive Hearts foster homes provide temporary homes for rescue dogs until a forever home is found. 

Being a foster parent is more than just caring for a homeless dog. You are helping this dog get ready for their forever home. Our dogs often come from difficult situations; they may have been dumped at a shelter, found on the streets, or their human may have passed away. These are stressful circumstances, which may impact their behavior. As foster parents, we are helping these dogs learn how to adjust and this may include providing some training. There is no such thing as a “perfect” dog, so be prepared to put some work into your foster dog. Do not fret! You aren't alone, we have lots of resources available to help you navigate training and tips for fostering! Consider reading either of the following resources if you are on the fence about if fostering is right for you and your family. 



If you are ready to sign up as a foster for Pawsitive Hearts Dog Rescue please fill out an application using the link below: 


or CONTACT US with any additional questions you may have, For more information about the application process for fostering, click the button below!


The Fostering Process

1. You must live in our fostering radius, within one hour of Zanesville or Columbus Ohio. We require all potential fosters to have a home visit. We will sometimes accept fosters outside of the nearby cities but you MUST be willing to transport the foster dog to and from Columbus as needed for medical care, meet n greets and/or events for exposure.

2. All other dogs in your home must be spayed or neutered and kept up to date on vaccinations/heartworm preventative.   Exceptions are made for dogs who cannot be spayed or neutered due to medical reasons; this reason MUST be given on your application.

3. Help with transporting of foster dog to and from vet appointments

4. Practice slow-intro of foster dog to resident dogs and children

5. Understand that these are rescues. Many rescues come with "baggage" and often need help with house-training, crate-training and basic commands.

6. We expect our fosters to communicate with the Directors on a regular basis and to provide updates/pictures often so that we can place the foster dogs appropriately. Communication is VERY important. 

​Our intake-to-foster process is (usually) as follows:
We try to always have fosters lined up prior to committing to taking on a new dog. We cannot pull a dog from the situation until we have a committed foster and at minimum one back up foster for that dog. It is critical you reply with your availability as soon as possible so we can make arrangements for the dog to come into the rescue. 

Because our foster dogs sometimes spend extra time at the vet or come to us from a shelter, there is a chance he/she could develop a contagious respiratory infection/kennel cough. It is for this reason that we ask that you have your dog given the bordetella vaccination. But because, like human influenza, there are many strains, there's no guarantee it will guard against the viruses. You must understand and accept that you are taking this risk (there is always this risk with any new dog you bring into your home). We will provide vet care ONLY for our dogs, not resident dogs.

While we understand that some families are very passionate about fostering, we do ask that our foster homes not bring any new dogs into their home while one of our foster dogs is present unless this is communicated to us first. Just as we know you don't want to incur any additional expenses or have your dogs exposed to outside diseases/microorganisms, we don't either.

​Fostering is a very important part of our organization and we welcome your application. If you are only interested in adopting and are fostering to trial a dog, we recommend that you apply to adopt instead; it takes a lot of time and effort to get families setup to foster and accustomed to our policies. 

Fostering rescue dogs is one of the most rewarding experiences! Naturally, we all love dogs so very much - its why we do what we do! So getting attached is part of the process. (I mean, how could you not love them!?) It is important to remember that fostering is a critical part of what we do, and you are helping us save a life!! 

Read below one of our favorite resources on fostering