Become a Member of the Gateway Pet Guardians Foster Family

Help rescue dogs and cats in need in the St Louis area

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Gateway Pet Guardians foster home. As you explore becoming a foster parent, please consider the following:
image2“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ― author Karen Davison

Why become a foster?
Fosters are a vital part of our mission of saving as many lives as possible and we would not be here without the help of people like you! By becoming a foster you are giving the the abused, neglected, and many times homeless animals living on the harsh streets of East St. Louis a second chance. Fostering a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

What are the requirements? Do I need training?
This 24¬hour¬a¬day commitment requires total dedication by the participant (and everyone in the household). We also require that all family pets be spayed/neutered and update to date on all shots for the safety of both the family pets and the foster dogs. Approved fosters will participate in a Foster Orientation and will also be assigned a Foster Mentor to guide you through the foster process.

How long will it last and how much will it cost?
Fostering is a transition time for rescue pets as they recover, learn, and grow while waiting for their “fur¬ever” family. Foster time periods typically range anywhere from two weeks to several months, depending on the animal’s age and needs. Gateway Pet Guardians will provide all the essentials for your foster dog ¬ veterinary care, food, crate, and toys.

How do do I get started?
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact us to get started today. We can answer any questions you may have, and can start the application process.

Foster Application
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“I figure I already have one dog, one more won’t make a difference, but it makes a difference to the foster dog who otherwise might not have a second chance. And as much as it kills me to say goodbye E.V.E.R.Y. S.I.N.G.L.E. T.I.M.E. It’s a happy ending for the foster and their new family.” ~ Katie Bick, Gateway Pet Guardians Foster