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fostering with nhpr

New Hope Pet Rescue-Michigan is a foster based dog rescue that relies on people just like you to help save lives. Our fosters are key to the success of our mission - and we're always seeking passionate new fosters to add to our crew!


what does it mean to be a foster?

As a foster-based rescue, we do not have a shelter facility for our dogs - rather, we rely on our team of fosters to house our pups until they find their forever homes. As a foster, you'll welcome your rescue baby *temporarily* into your pack - not just housing, feeding a caring for them, but also helping them develop the trust, love and socialization they'll need in their forever home. It may sound like a big responsibility (and it is!) but you're not in it alone. When you become a foster, you'll immediately have access to all this: ​


vet care

NHPR covers all vetting expenses for your foster - We work with several local vets, all of whom give us discounts on services. Your responsibility is simply to get your foster to and from appointments.


NHPR can help with food, treats, toys, collars, leashes and most other supplies needed. Our goal is to ensure that our fosters have the right tools and supplies to best support their pup. 


NHPR screens all applications for your foster dog, and makes a final decision of placement. When it's time for your pup to go to their forever home, our team will organize the adoption contract and fees. 

nhpr foster community

NHPR's team is here to support you 24/7. All fosters are given access to a NHPR "private" foster Facebook group, allowing you to stay up to date on rescue events, talk to other fosters and staff, and post updates of their foster pups. 

what makes a great foster?

At NHPR, we believe in matching our rescued animals with a foster who can best meet their needs - some dogs need a home that's quiet, with no other animals, others may want the comfort that only another family dog can provide, and some love a rowdy pack with kids, dogs, cats and everything in between. So naturally, we look for fosters with diverse home environments and experiences levels. Whether you're a seasoned pet owner and/or foster, or if you're just getting started, we invite you to learn more about joining our foster team. Here are a few considerations as you begin this journey:


passion for rescuing

There is no greater feeling than watching a homeless & unwanted shelter dog transition from a scared and unloved animal to a confident and loved member of a forever family. Our fosters firmly believe in this mission and live it out with their rescue dogs.


support from your pack

Fostering can't be done in a bubble. Consider who makes up your "pack" - a partner, a family dog, a family cat, children. Make sure everyone is on board to support this new rescue animal you'll welcome into your lives.


patience & support

Shelter dogs come with diverse backgrounds, which require unique care plans. From medication routines, to socialization, etc., they'll need your help decompressing from a scary shelter environment so they can blossom into a loved family dog.


time to give your rescue

When you open your home to a foster dog, you are becoming their temporary family. Fosters help us get their animals to scheduled vet appointments, work on social and emotional skills, and spend time with their dogs to help them learn about family life.

becoming a nhpr foster

Are you ready to begin your journey fostering with NHPR? We are so excited to connect you with a shelter dog in need! To get started, you'll need to complete the following:

foster application

liability release & waiver

Your application helps us assess your home environment, your current pets, and other key details we'll use to match you to the right foster dog.

Once you complete your foster application, we ask that you complete this liability release, publicity release, and hold harmless form.

*Once you complete your application and liability release & waiver, we will review everything and reach out to you to let you know if you've been approved. Once approved, you'll be added to our private NHPR foster community, and you'll get materials and training prior to receiving your first foster dog. Questions or concerns about our foster process? Contact us at

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