Foster care is essential to Grey Face Rescue. Our seniors depend on qualified people to open their homes and hearts to help transition them into their forever homes. Without the help of our fosters, we are unable to operate. 

As a Grey Face foster, it will be your responsibility to love, feed, play with and exercise your foster dog or cat, as well as provide social interaction. You are also committed to taking the animal to vet appointments and fulfill any medical tasks, such as giving daily medications. Foster care means inviting a pet into your home, loving and caring for them as though they were your own, and being able to say goodbye when they find their family.

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Please keep in mind: We rescue senior animals from all types of situations–abuse, hoarding, neglect, shelters, as well as from "normal" homes where owners may no longer be able to care for them for a variety of reasons. No matter the reason behind the transition, our seniors are going to be frightened and confused when everything they've known becomes strange and unfamiliar. It may take some pets longer to adjust to their new home and to the new humans in their lives. Some begin to feel at ease within a few hours or days, while others may take weeks of patience and encouragement. Our team provides techniques and training to help make the adjustment easier, for both the animal and your family, and we ask all fosters to be patient and remain open to learning how to understand your foster dog's language.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for becoming a Grey Face foster home?

  • Live in Minnesota. We are a 100% volunteer-run organization and distance from our St. Cloud base is a factor in how quickly we can process your application. We consider applicants from throughout the state, but if you live outside a 30-mile radius from St. Cloud, please allow us a bit more time to get to you!
  • Have all current animals in the home up to date on vaccinations.
  • Be patient! You are required to give your foster dog 48 hours to adjust prior to "giving up." Snapping and biting situations are exceptions. Some dogs may also be adopted quicker than others, but we promise to work hard for all of them to find the perfect forever home!
  • Attend at least one adoption event a month.
  • Have your foster animal on a leash when outside at ALL times, unless you have a fenced-in yard.
  • Exercise your foster pet adequately. Foster dogs are expected to have daily walks.
  • Be willing to drive your foster pet to vet appointments at one of the approved vet clinics we work with in the St. Cloud and/or Twin Cities area.
  • Give your foster pet medication if needed; on time and in the correct dose.
  • Post weekly updates and photos to our Facebook Foster Community, including the dog's likes, dislikes, behaviors. Be willing to also share photos of the dog interacting in your home on your personal social media accounts.
  • Supervise your foster pet at all times. When no one is at home, the dog should be baby-gated or crated if needed for safety.
  • Your home needs to be adequately cleaned and prepared for your foster. At anytime, we are able to deny your application to foster if we feel your home is not prepared for your foster.

What does the process of becoming a foster look like?

The first step is to fill out the foster home application. Due to the number of applications we receive, please be patient with us as we sort through your information. We invite you, in the meantime, to join our Facebook group for Dogs Needing Foster Homes. There, you can keep watch for a dog you are interested in and comment on a photo if you think the animal might fit in well with your household. If all goes well, you will be able to begin your new role as a Grey Face foster!
Once you have completed the online application, we will:
  • Set up a phone interview with a foster team member to go over more of our foster requirements. If you have not heard from us within 7-10 days, please email us at Be patient as our team are volunteers and do work full-time jobs with families.
  • Check your provided references, both personal and vet clinic.
  • Schedule a home visit with one of of our volunteers. If we have any concerns about the home or environment where the dog will be, we may ask for more information at this time.
  • Send you our handbook and our foster contract, both of which must be reviewed and the contract signed and returned before we can match a dog to your home.

How much does it cost to foster a senior with Grey Face?

There is minimal cost to the foster. Grey Face Rescue pays the cost of all veterinary care, food, and other supplies the dog may need.

Will I get to decide which animal I bring home to foster?

Animals listed as needing fosters in our main Grey Face Facebook page album are also posted in our Dogs (and cats!) Needing Fosters Facebook group.

How long does it take for a dog to get adopted?

We cannot make any promises regarding how long a particular pet will be in your home. Please consider this carefully before applying to foster, as we make very effort to avoid moving them repeatedly so we don't create more stress on the animal.

Will I be involved in choosing my foster's forever home?

We have found that foster homes are the best judge of what kind of home is the best fit for their foster dog’s particular needs. You will be involved in the screening process of potential adopters so we can find the best home for the dog.

What if I fall in love? Can I adopt my foster?

Yes! We definitely allow this. We ask that foster homes let us know immediately of their decision to adopt their foster pet, as we may need to contact other in-process applicants. We also require foster homes to submit an adoption application, which may be processed, to determine if you are a suitable home for adopting the dog. Foster homes are also required to pay the usual adoption fee.

I have a question I didn't see answered here; what do I do?

Please feel free to email our foster team at