Foster A Dog

Interesting in Becoming a Foster Care Provider?

Our foster care providers are volunteers who help provide dogs much-needed breaks from the shelter. Foster homes come in all shapes and sizes, and there are as many reasons people choose to foster as there are dogs in need of foster homes. We need foster families to help our dogs who have health issues, need a break from the shelter, or could use some work on their social or behavior skills before being adopted. We can help find the right match for your family.

Things to note:

  1. Dog socialization testing: We test large breed dogs with other large breed dogs. We are unable to test dogs with cats and small dogs. We also – for very obvious ethical reasons – do not test dogs with young children.
  2. Foster counseling: We conduct all foster counseling via email at We are here to help you through the process and answer your questions!
  3. Expectations: Stockton Animal Shelter is a high-intake, underfunded and under-resourced facility. The shelter operates with a veterinarian on average 4 days a week despite tons of animals coming in. Your foster dog will be dog-tested, gets free spay/neuter, is microchipped, has been vaccinated for rabies (if of age) and has undergone needed shots. 

To learn more about fostering, please read on, and then contact us at and fill out our foster application. Thank you for choosing to be a hero!!!

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