Help A Dog On Its Journey Home: Foster

FosterFostering is one of the most rewarding and important volunteer opportunities available at Homeward Bound.

Imagine taking a confused Golden that has become homeless through no fault of its own, and with your love, patience and encouragement, help that dog to become a happy and confident dog. By providing a loving, waiting home, you also make more room for others at the adoption center and an important difference in a dog’s life.

Our families generally need to live within 50 miles of our adoption center in Elverta, CA outside Sacramento.

UPDATE: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we received hundreds of foster applications and qualified many families. We are so grateful for your support! To reduce demand on our volunteer staff, we are temporarily pausing our foster applications. We invite you to read about our Foster Process to see if this might be a good fit when applications open again.

PLEASE NOTE: Most of our qualified families are looking to support calm dogs that get along with other dogs. As you can imagine, those fly out the door! What we are most in need of are dog-training-smart fosters that can support a dog that needs to be the only dog (and usually, no cats). If you can help with this need, please email our foster coordinator at