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Foster Program Information

To prepare for adoption, some of the stray dogs picked up by Animal Services require extra socialization and TLC. The Foster Program was developed to fill those needs. Families interested in fostering are required to complete a Foster Parent Application and once selected will enter into a Foster Parent Agreement.

Families considering fostering are encouraged to take a few moments to consider the information below:

  • All family members must be in agreement to become a foster home for one of our Animal Services Agency dogs prior to applying.
  • As many of the stray dogs available for fostering are not yet sterilized, all family dogs must be spayed or neutered unless they are registered purebreds used for breeding.
  • All by-laws pertaining to dogs residing in the City of Winnipeg must be followed, including a maximum of four dogs over the age of 6 months per residence.
  • Foster families must have a secure yard before they take on a foster dog. Often these dogs are at the Animal Services Agency because they have been found running loose in the neighbourhood.
  • Foster dogs must always be on a leash and never allowed to run loose outside.
  • Foster families should have a separate area for the foster dog to be located initially so it does not come into immediate contact with family dogs. This will minimize the risk of disease transmission.

Foster dogs will be matched with a suitable foster family who can best meet their needs. For example, some dogs are not good with children so the Animal Services Agency would not place such a dog with a foster family with young children.

The Adoption/Community Education Coordinator is in charge of the Foster Program at the Animal Services Agency. Contact the Animal Services Agency for more information.

Last update: January 9, 2015