We need foster families.

Many of the dogs we rescue were abused and neglected. They spent most—if not all—of their lives without having basic needs met.

​Thes pups need a lot of TLC. We cannot rescue dogs only to place them in a clean cage and expect them to succeed in life or a family. A HavaHeart Rescue foster family is loving, compassionate, and patient. And they make all the difference in the lives of our rescues.

Our rescue pups need help learning how to be a member of the family. They need to learn that not all humans want to hurt them. They need to learn how to play, walk on a leash, and interact with people and other pets.

A loving foster home is the first and most important step on the journey to rehabilitation. Our foster families experience the joy and satisfaction of a job well done as they witness the dog in their care flourish into a confident and healthy pet. The quicker we can get a rescue into a foster home, the sooner they start to forget their past and learn how to become a socialized pet.

What fostering a HavaHeart dog involves.
What fostering a HavaHeart dog involves.

A foster home shares their home with a rescued dog. They provide food, shelter, toys, walks, and lots of attention—as if the dog was their own—until an adoptive home is found.

A few things a HavaHeart Rescue foster family will do:

  • Observe the dog's behavior in different situations (Are they good with kids? Other dogs? Cats? etc.).
  • Work on basic skills (like potty training and leash training).
  • Bring the dog to adoption events to help him or her find their forever home.
  • Provide updates (video, photos, and short written updates) on a regular basis. This helps us update their profiles online and helps us find them an adoptive home.

Foster families are invited to help us in the placement process by recruiting potential adoptive families and interviewing prospective adoptive placements. Many foster families complete a home visit if they wish (to make sure the family is a good fit for the dog). All final placement decisions are made by HavaHeart Rescue's board of directors. The insight of the foster family as well as their bond with the dog is highly valued and taken into consideration.

Who can foster.

Foster families meet the same requirements as any adoptive family. To be considered, you must . . .

  • Have the time, attention, and patience to give to a rescue dog.
  • Include the dog in family activities (treat the dog as if it was their dog).
  • Allow the dog to live as a house dog with as much human companionship and one-on-one time as possible. (Outside living conditions will NOT be considered.)
  • Allow the dog to live unchained.
  • Provide adequate food and water and daily exercise.
  • Provide clean, dry shelter.
  • Ensure the dog wears collar and ID tags at all times.
  • Obey all applicable laws governing control and custody of animals.
  • Love, cuddle, play with, bathe, brush, and teach basic commands to the dog.
  • **If you have other dogs in the home, they must be spayed or neutered and up to date on all vet care (shots and preventatives).
Who can foster.
What HavaHeart provides.
What HavaHeart provides.

HavaHeart Rescue walks with you if this is your first time or one hundredth time to foster. This list is some of the things we provide:

  • Collar and/or harness
  • Leash
  • ID tag
  • Dewormer
  • Toy
  • Blanket
  • Brush
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Potty pads
  • Treats
  • Food to get you started
  • Crate
  • Belly bands/diapers (when necessary)
  • All medical treatment needed
    • medical checkups
    • vaccines
    • heartworm preventative
  • Folder with information to take home with you
  • Membership to private adoption and foster group on Facebook for ongoing support
  • Dedicated Havaheart Rescue foster rep to help you through the process

We only foster in the following cities at this time:

Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana,
Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Tennessee
  • Rogers, AR
  • Downers Grove, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Derby, KS
  • Eudora, KS
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Memphis, TN
  • Ava, MO
  • Branson, MO
  • Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Columbia, MO
  • Eldon, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Marshfield, MO
  • Ozark, MO
  • Springfield, MO
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Webb City, MO

Foster Application