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Just Like Home

Open your home to a dog looking for their forever family.

Fostering with us is easy and is a great way to prepare dogs for life outside of the shelter.


Learn more & apply below.


Invaluable Heroes

Qualified fosters greatly expand HLCR’s ability to rescue & rehabilitate dogs in the Texas Hill Country! A foster not only helps the dog in their care but aids other in-need dogs in the process. Fostering is one of the most effective and humane ways to...

Reduce Overcrowding

For every dog going into a foster home, another can join us on site at the rescue.


Medical and behavioral needs require special attention that a round-the-clock caregiver can provide


Potential adopters love to know a dog's quirks. You can help set their expectations for how the dog will behave in a new environment.

How To Foster

How to Foster


A foster must meet certain requirements to qualify. They need:

  • to be 21 or over.

  • dependable mode of transportation.

  • a schedule that allows veterinary and shelter visits.

  • all household dogs fixed.

  • all household dogs up-to-date on vaccinations & heart worm prevention.

  • Meet our application requirements, pass our 1) home check 2) vet check 3) phone interview and 4) stay in compliance with our foster contract.

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Application & Interview

All fosters should apply online below. Applications will be reviewed by our staff as soon as possible, and they will reach out for a follow up interview and discussion. The phone interview is a great time for both parties to ask all sorts of questions and get familiar with what it means to be a foster! If all goes well, this is how our on-boarding process works:

  • Apply online below

  • Highland Lakes Canine Rescue Staff reviews & responds to your application

  • Complete the phone interview

  • Complete the home check

  • Visit our property with your dogs to have a meet & greet with eligible foster dogs



Fostering dogs is not without responsibility, and that is why we are so thankful for the individuals that step up to the job. While we assume costs, we depend on a foster's time and attention.

HLCR's Responsibilities

For the duration of a foster dog's stay at your home, we will provide:

  • Food

  • Medications

  • Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention

  • Vet Appointment Schedule

When you take a dog home for the first time we will also send you home with the dog's favorite toys if they have a preference!

Foster Responsibilities
  • Transport the dog to and from scheduled Vet Appointments, Events, The Rescue, etc.

  • Provide standard daily care and feeding
  • Administer and track medications
  • Provide and enforce treatment plans (training, activity restrictions, etc.)


Do I need training or previous experience?

Dog handling experience is preferred but not required.

What sort of veterinary care will my foster dog have received?

We are just as concerned for your own dog's health and safety as ours, so your foster dog will have received:

  • Veterinary exam

  • Vaccinations (DHLPP and Bordetella)
  • Microchip Implant
  • Heartworm Test
  • Dewormer
  • Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention
  • Spay/Neuter (depending on health & age)
  • Miscellaneous treatment plans (medical and/or behavioral)

Who can I foster?

HLCR dogs deemed to be a good candidate will be paired with suitable, available fosters who can meet the needs of the dog in question. We will keep in touch as the best fit animal becomes available! 

How long will I foster a dog for?

We expect our fosters to commit to caring for an HLCR dog until they are adopted. Depending on the dog, this can range from a few weeks to a few months. If you choose to provide 'fospice' or end of life care, the duration can be longer.

Foster Application

Foster Application

Apply to foster with Highland Lakes Canine Rescue. If approved, a member of our staff with reach out via phone or email.

Having trouble viewing our adoption application? Use our direct link, here.

Why Foster With Highland Lakes Canine Rescue?

No-Kill and Privately Funded
Stress less about the dog you pick or the pup you pass over. Our dogs receive nourishing diets, in-house medical care, spacious over-night kennels, large yards for all-day play, and daily enrichment. All by loving staff and volunteers. They have all the time in the world to find the only thing we can't give them...
...Their forever homes.

Fosters Save Lives

No Place Like Home
Fosters do more for the health & happiness of our dogs than you can imagine. Some treatments and surgeries require extended healing time and extremely limited activity. A calm home environment is exactly what an amputee or a senior dog with arthritis needs to recover. Observant fosters can also help us reassure potential adopters of their new dog's temperament, preferences, or needs. A shy shelter dog can easily become the life of the party when they feel at home. This sense of home gives dogs a greater chance of being adopted by families that will love them for who they are.
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