Become an HFD Foster Parent

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Heather’s Foster Dogs serves the NE Illinois/NW Indiana area.

Every time we’re out with our fosters someone will inevitably come up and say, “I don’t know how you do it. I wouldn’t be able to give them up.”

While that might be true for some people, fostering is all about a certain mindset. For me, I know that if I don’t get my dog adopted out to a great family, I can’t take in another dog that needs my help. I also like knowing that I get to interview potential adopters and decide if they will be a good match for my foster. When I get to know a potential adopter, I know that the person I choose is going to provide a good home and a happy family that will love my foster pet just as much as I do. To say the job of a foster parent is rewarding is an understatement. Really, it’s a way of life and a common mission that drives all of us at Heather’s Foster Dogs.

Certainly there have been “foster failures,” where the pet does get adopted by his or her foster family….I think that just comes with the territory. But going forward, these fosters still go on to take in  more pets in need, their homes and hearts just a little bit fuller than before.

The stakes are high for homeless animals, and our goal as foster parents is to lessen the burden at local shelters so that as a community, we can save more lives. If you think you might like to foster with Heather’s Foster Dogs, know that we could certainly use your help. The more homes we have, the more animals we can help save.

– Linda Freshley, Heather’s Foster Dogs Board Member

Here are a few of the dogs we met and would have loved to pull and place in our rescue, but we currently have no open foster homes. We welcome families who can foster dogs in need, large, medium or small, whatever fits your household.

If you are interested in becoming a foster and helping us save lives, please email us at or please download & complete the PDF foster application below and return it as an email attachment to

HFD Foster Application



Consider joining us as a foster family.


Love Big Dogs? Let’s Talk!

Can consider only smaller dogs, let’s talk too.


If you think you would like to become a foster with Heather’s Foster Dogs, please fill out the PDF foster application at the link below and return it as an email attachment to

HFD Foster Application

Feel free to contact HFD for more information and thank you so much for your continued support!


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