At CPCRN, we believe that every dog deserves a loving home and a chance to thrive. Our Dog Fostering Program provides a temporary safe haven for dogs in need, connecting them with compassionate individuals and families who are willing to open their hearts and homes.

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What is a Foster Home?

Because Col. Potter is a National organization and does not have a brick and mortar facility, a foster home is the backbone of our organization.  A foster home is a temporary home for a Cairn Terrier or Cairn Terrier mix. The majority of Cairn Terriers that come into rescue require a temporary foster home prior to being adopted by a new owner. Without foster homes, the majority of Cairn Terriers that end up in shelters or are abandoned or given up by their owners would be euthanized. Foster homes are the backbone of any rescue program. Your becoming a foster home is most welcome.  KNOW that all APPROVED (by the Director) medical expenses incurred for the dog you are fostering, as well as any supplies are reimbursed/paid for in total by Col. Potter.

Rescue me not only with your hands but with your heart

How long could I have a foster dog?

The answer to this question is typically unknown. The length of time a dog is in any foster home depends upon the area in which the dog is being fostered, the condition or age of the dog, and the circumstances that brought the dog into rescue in the first place. Foster home care can be as short as a “Bed and Biscuit” during a transport, but generally it is two weeks for evaluation, then one or more months before a dog is matched for an adoption. In the case of a dog that is rescued and who needs medical care or social rehabilitation, it can be much longer. Some dogs do stay in foster care for over a year if they have significant health or behavioral issues. CPCRN does not set an artificial limit to the length a dog will be in care. As a foster home, YOU have the ability to tell us the type of foster dog you can care for and the length of time you can foster.

I am the bridge between what was and what can be


Will I have support?

We work with you every step of the way so that you never feel that you are without proper direction or guidance in any aspect of your fostering. Our foster homes are assigned a mentor to guide them and to answer any questions or concerns that the foster parent has. Once a foster is placed in your home, you will receive an email with their contact information and they will have your information. The Foster Home Director is also available to help with any issues beyond what the Mentor can do. We are committed to providing all necessary medical or behavioral care for our fosters with Col. Potter paying for all care.

We can only save as many dogs as we have foster homes for.

Foster Application

Fostering a dog is a rewarding experience that not only saves lives but also brings immense joy and fulfillment to both the foster caregiver and the furry friend they welcome into their lives. By becoming a foster parent, you become a crucial part of our mission to find permanent, loving homes for these dogs. If you would like to become a foster home, the first thing you’ll need to do is fill out the foster application. After we have reviewed your application, our team will be in touch to discuss next steps.