Become a Foster

Share your heart & home

CPR Fund is currently seeking foster homes in the Lake/Porter County, IN area to house foster dogs or cats until they are adopted into loving homes.

We provide all the food, supplies, and guidance needed. Your task is to provide a safe, loving environment while these pets wait for adoption. You'll be asked to accept the responsibility of transporting your foster to vet appointments and to either attend adoption days with your foster or deliver your foster to another willing volunteer on adoption days. You can be as involved in the adoption process as you wish, from screening potential adoptive parents to participating in CPR activities!

Fill out Foster application

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are some of my responsibilities as a foster parent?

First and foremost, your job is to provide the rescued animals with a safe and loving home! These dogs/cats have been discarded and some have been neglected and/or abused. Your kindness and attention will make them whole again. We also need you to participate by providing photos and biographical information on your foster, corresponding with potential adopters, bringing your foster dog to scheduled adoption events, screening and choosing adoptive homes and transporting them to and from veterinary appointments. If your schedule does not allow for this level of participation, some of these responsibilities can be assigned to other volunteers.

Q: How do I choose my foster dog/cat?

These are dogs/cats are in immediate danger of being euthanized at local animal control facilities. Pictures and brief descriptions of the dogs in need are included in the email. If you see a dog you would be interested in fostering, let us know right away.

Q: What does CPR provide for my foster dog/cat?

We provide you with a crate, collar, leash, food, treats, toys and anything else required to care for your foster. We also pay for and provide all necessary veterinary care (spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, dewormer, heartworm and flea preventative, microchip, medications, etc) for your foster. The CPR Fund also provides enrichment or special needs specific to your foster such as professional training, pet-sitting if you will be out of town, special diets, etc. You may also join our Foster & Volunteer Facebook page for enrichment, tips, and community support.

Q: Are all dogs/cats up-to-date on their vaccinations? Could they get my pets sick?

As soon as we pull a dog/cat in need, they are given vaccinations for Bordetella (kennel cough), Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus, Corona, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and rabies. The dogs are also dewormed and treated for fleas. However, there are no guarantees so your foster pet should have limited contact with your personal pet for the first two weeks. This will reduce the risk of disease transmission. In the case of puppies/kittens, we do it as soon as they are of age. Also, it is imperative that your personal pets be up to date on their own vaccinations before you bring in a foster.  Finally, by keeping your pets away from your foster's feces and picking it up immediately you will reduce the risk of your pet being exposed to any intestinal parasites your foster may be excreting.

Q: Will my foster already be spayed or neutered?

Usually, yes. However if your foster is ill, injured or less than 10 weeks of age your foster dog will need to be taken to one of our participating veterinary clinics for surgery when s/he is ready. CPR Fund pays for the surgery but transportation and caring for the dog post-operatively is a foster parent's responsibility.  If you are unable to transport your foster, other arrangements can usually be made.

Q: What happens if my foster dog/cat gets sick or injured while in my care?

Immediately contact us about the illness or injury and get approval to see one of the veterinarians we use. Dog/cat MUST be brought to one of these locations or CPR Fund will not pay for any medical expenses.

Q: What if my foster ends up having behavioral issues?

CPR Fund cannot guarantee the temperament of any animal. The “in need” animals are assessed by animal control officers and other volunteers but these dogs are there for such a short a time before they are scheduled to be put down, a thorough evaluation is usually impossible. We rely on their impressions of the dog/cat and would never knowingly place an unbalanced dog/cat in your care. We understand that these dogs/cats will be living in your home and with your family and CPR Fund wants what is best for all involved! We provide enrichment such as training and other methodologies to help. Contact us and we'll do everything we can to help. You may also join our Foster & Volunteer Facebook page for enrichment, tips, and community support.

Q: How long will I have my foster?

Until they are adopted out to a safe, loving, forever home. This varies greatly depending upon the particular dog/cat you chose to foster. Most puppies and small breed dogs or kittens will be adopted within a few weeks of coming into your home. Young adults of what the public considers “desirable breeds” will likely be with you only slightly longer. Older dogs and bully breeds or older cats can take many months to adopt out. This is something to seriously consider when choosing your foster.

Q: Will my foster be house-broken?

Sometimes. This is one of the many reasons CPR Fund provides for and requires that you crate train your foster. Crated dogs are much easier to housebreak! Most adults will catch on fairly quickly. Puppies and younger dogs require a bit more work, but we'll provide you with many tips and tricks if at first you don't succeed. Cats/Kittens are normally litter trained or quick to pick up.

Q: What happens if my foster and my personal pet(s) don't get along?

This is another reason we provide a crate. If after an adjustment period, they just can’t learn to be friends, one method is “crate and rotate”. One dog is safely in a crate while the other gets his attention and exercise. Then you switch. Its not an ideal situation but not every dog will get along with every other dog out there. If there is a serious aggression issue it will be addressed and a dog may have to be moved to a different foster home. However, since we are not a shelter there is never an “extra cage open” to move your foster to so patience is required. You will need to crate and rotate until another foster home opens up or you can switch dogs with another foster parent. This can take some time. Cats/kittens may also need to be in a gated area if you already have a dog/cat that is not welcoming.

You may join our Foster & Volunteer Facebook page for enrichment, tips, and community support.

Let's do it!


Heads up: You'll need a valid driver's license and car insurance to transport your foster for CPR Fund K9 Rescue.

Are you applying to foster a particular dog/cat?

If yes, please provide as much information as possible.

How did you hear about CPR Fund?
If someone referred you to us please provide their name:

First and Last Name:

Date of Birth:

Street Address:



Zip Code:

Phone Number:


Do you have a valid driver's license?

License # and State of Issue:

Type of dwelling:

Do you:

If you rent, please provide landlord's name and contact information:

Do you have dog breed restrictions at your place of dwelling?

If yes, what dog breeds are restricted?

Are you under a HOA, POA, or other organization that makes and enforces rules for your property that allows for the pet type you are hoping to foster?

Do you have a fenced yard?

Which of the following are you interested in fostering? (Select all that apply)

How many adults live in your home?

How many children below the age of 18 live in your home?

If children live with you, what are their ages?

If your yard is fenced, what type of fencing and how tall?

List current pets (name, breeds, age, dog/cat/bird/etc):

Are your pets up-to-date on their vaccinations?

Are your pets spayed or neutered?

Contact info of your veterinarian:

Do you have previous foster experience?

If yes, please list experience (name of shelter, contact info, what type of fostering, dates, etc):

Why are you interested in fostering?

Share any other pertinent information:

Thank you! We'll be in touch as soon as we can.

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