By definition foster means to promote the growth of; help develop, help grow.


You provide love, shelter and some basic needs, we provide the rest:

Our foster homes are the heart of Secondhand Snoots Rescue, where our pets get the love, comfort and structure of being in a home while they wait for adoption. Foster homes, help us save the lives of these animals. Without our network of foster homes, we would not be able to do continue our life saving mission. The more available foster home we have, the more lives we can save! 


How does fostering work?

Our foster network provides our rescued animals with a home to live in until a forever home is found. They also allow these rescued animals the opportunity to adjust or re-adjust to living in a home, become socialized and gain some basic manners, making them better members of society. For some, being in a foster home also allows them time to recover from an illness or medical procedure before being made available for adoption.


What does a foster home do? 

As a foster parent, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day care for your foster pet. This may include giving them extra TLC, attention and structure to aid to in their emotional and physical well-being and help to prepare him/her for a new and loving forever home. Secondhand Snoots Rescue always covers any medical expenses and, in some cases, the cost of food and other supplies. You will be required to either bring your foster pet to adoption events, occassional fundraisers and medical appointments, or make him/her available for a volunteer to transport and handle. You will be asked to talk to potential adopters about your foster's personality and habits.


How long will a foster pet be with me?

The search for a forever family for your foster pet begins once he/she is medically stable. We list our adoptable pets on over 100 websites, including and, we also list them on our Secondhand Snoots Rescue Facebook page, our website and various other media outlets. We have no way of predecting how long a foster pet will remain in your care; we have had pets get adopted out within days of coming into rescue, others have stayed in rescue for a year. We expect our foster homes to be committed to long term care of their foster pet. 


How are adoptions handled?

Adoptions are generally handled by a Secondhand Snoots Board Member or Coordinator, as a foster you are not expected, but you are invited, to participate in the adoption process. Once we receive and review an adoption application we will contact you to let you know that an application is being processed. We will complete reference checks and schedule a home visit / meet and greet. We do invite you to participate in the process by communicating with the applicant about your foster pet's personality and habits and attending the home visit / meet and greet. 


If you have questions about becoming a foster for Secondhand Snoots please send an email to ​


  • Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age and must show a driver’s license or other government-issued identification.

  • All members of the family must be in agreement about when to foster a pet.

  • Renters will need landlord approval to have pets or additional pets.

  • Other animals residing in the home must be spayed/neutered, unless medically unable to withstand the surgery, and must be current on their vaccinations (Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, Bordetella) ​

  • We do not allow out "outdoor pets." Pets that are left outside do not bond as easily with their people and are prone to nuisance behaviors like barking, escaping, roaming, digging, predatory behavior and other destruction.

  • Foster homes must be within a reasonable distance from one the rescue coordinators or rescue central location and able to attend adoption events. ​​

  • Approval is at the sole discretion of Secondhand Snoots Rescue's Board of Directors and applications may be denied for any reason.

Upon receipt of your completed application, we will check your personal references and schedule a home visit with you. If your application is approved we can work on finding a foster who will be a good fit for your home and family. You let us know what type of animal, personality, size, etc. that you feel appropriate for your home and we will do our best to find the right match.