Please read and answer all questions. Once we receive your application it will be reviewed by our Foster Coordinator. We reserve the right to deny an application for any reason. If you do not hear from us within a week, please do not hesitate to email us at
Name *
Address *
Phone *
1. Please select the size of dog that is the best fit for your family
2. Please select the energy level that is the best fit for your family
Name, Age, Relationship
A) Name B) Name
5. Is anyone in the home allergic to dogs
Breed, Age, Male/Female
8. Are they spayed/neutered
9. Do you have any other animals that will be living with the dog
10. Are all of your dogs up-to-date on their vaccinations including Bordatella
11. Type of dwelling
12. Do you
13. Do you have an outdoor area for the dog
14. Does the dog have access to the outside area while you are not home
16. Do you have a pool
17. Upon a required home check, if any modifications are needed for the dog’s safety are you open to doing that
18. IF YOU RENT - What type of apartment
20. IF YOU RENT - Do they allow dogs
21. IF YOU RENT - Is there a weight limit
22. IF YOU RENT - Is there a breed restriction
23. IF YOU RENT - Do you share the yard with other tenants
Name, Phone Number
32. Are you willing to work with a trainer on any issues that may arise
33. What circumstances would cause you to return your foster dog to I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue
When a new dog comes into I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue, we may have limited information about their previous living situation and ask that our foster families are understanding that there can be an adjustment period for them to acclimate to their new home. Each dog is an individual and we do our best to match them with the best foster home possible to prepare them for adoption. I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue does realize that circumstances may arise when a dog needs to be moved to another foster home that is a better fit. We are a large team of volunteers who all support each other with the common goal of doing what is best for the dog.
To the best of my ability, I agree to keep my foster dog as long as needed until they are adopted. I understand that this can be as short as a few weeks or can extend for many months. *
To the best of my ability, I will assist my foster dog IF NEEDED with potty training, leash walking and/or obedience training to help prepare them for an adoptive family. *
To the best of my ability, I will transport my foster dog to their required vet appointments. If this does not work with my schedule, I will notify my foster coordinator so arrangements can be made with another volunteer for transportation. *
To the best of my ability, I will transport my foster dog to adoption events. These are usually held two weekends of every month throughout Orange County. If this does not work with my schedule, I will notify my foster coordinator so arrangements can be made with another volunteer for transportation. *
By checking this box, I agree that by entering my name I am signing this application electronically. *
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Our Foster Program

I.CA.R.E. would not begin to save as many animals as we do every year without the extremely valuable help of foster parents! Before rescue dogs are adopted into their forever homes, they are first placed in the safe haven of a foster home. This loving and supportive environment plays a huge role in helping each dog begin to recover from the anguish of their past life and once again know how to experience love and trust.

If you’ve always wanted the opportunity to care for a dog but were unable at times to commit to long-term care, then fostering a dog in need is the ideal solution. Until adopted, a foster dog could be with you anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. We do ask that you commit to at least two weeks at a time in order to provide the continuity of care necessary during the dog’s healing process. We also require an approved application and home check prior to placing a dog in a foster home.

Once you’ve become a foster parent, I.CA.R.E. will provide everything that your foster dog needs, including a collar (with ID tag), a leash, toys, and food. A crate will be provided as well if needed. We also cover all medical expenses for the period of time the dog is in your foster care.

We are always available, day or night, to discuss any concerns or issues that you may be having with your foster dog. We have our own personal trainer/behaviorist on board ready to help you if there are any behavioral issues that need to be addressed. Helping rescued dogs work through such issues while in foster care will set them up for success with their new forever families.

Perhaps you find that you’ve fallen in love with the dog you’re fostering and want to make your home his or her forever home. The loving action of adopting one’s own foster dog is a fairly common occurrence that is affectionately referred to as a “Foster Failure” within the rescue community. Once your adoption is finalized, you have the option to further help us by fostering other dogs in need.

If you’re a resident of either Orange County or Riverside County and are ready to begin the rewarding experience of fostering a dog, please click the button above and fill out an online foster application. You also have the option to download an application and email it to us at or fax it to 877-865-2321.  For any additional questions about fostering, contact us at Also, you can always follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with especially urgent fostering needs.