Bethany has fostered more than 30 Dalmatians.  How can she give up dogs she has nursed and nurtured?  "There is always another deserving Dal waiting to be rescued.  When I get a dog from a shelter or off the street, I teach it to love and trust again.  Knowing I've prepared an unwanted dog for a wonderful home is so rewarding.  And being greeted by my former  foster dogs with a shower of kisses is a real high!"
Sue has fostered more than a dozen needy Dalmatians.  Some have had chronic health conditions, some have been seniors, some have had attitude, but all have had love in their hearts for the person who cared for them.  "Seeing a fearful, abused Dalmatian  become confident and enjoy being handled gently is gratifying.  Knowing it has a new loving home helps me prepare for the next dog waiting for my care.  And there is always another wonderful Dalmatian waiting for a chance at a new life."
Susan has fostered dozens of Dalmatians, a number of greyhounds, and a litter of 14 mixed breed dogs that came to Spotsavers.  She says, "Sure, I cry when I take a foster dog to its new home, but then I have space for the next Dalmatian waiting for me.  I know there are always Dals waiting for foster care.  They need me!"

We Do Not Have a Shelter, But Depend on Foster Care

Foster Care is temporary care by foster "parents" who keep their canine guests safe and help train them to be more adoptable.   Helping a homeless  Dalmatian find a new home and avoid a bad ending is a rewarding experience. 

Qualifications:  To be a foster home, of course, you must love the breed, be very patient, and be willing to spend time working with your foster dog.   As a foster parent, you will observe your foster dog's temperament, behavior and manners.    Foster parents are expected to bring their foster dogs to Adoption Events where they can meet potential adopters.
Sometimes people are afraid to foster because they are afraid of becoming too attached to their guest, and then having to give them up.  Foster families need to keep their goals in mind.  When you are a foster home, you save the lives of many dogs.  As wonderful as it is to adopt, (and we are always looking for loving adoptive homes) adoption saves only one or two dogs.  Fostering saves many, many  more!


We are grateful for our wonderful foster homes, and dedicated volunteers.  If you think you'd like to help, give us a call (314/842-8958) or email us at for more information.  We only have 3 foster homes at this time.

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