Where are Happy Bark dogs from?

Happy Bark dogs come from overcrowded shelters in other areas of the country. We are very blessed in our area to have several animal shelters and rescues that serve the needs of homeless dogs in our community. As a result, we are able to focus our time and resources on other areas where those dogs are less fortunate and are facing uncertain futures.

How long do dogs stay in Happy Bark foster care?

It completely depends on the dog and the situation. Some dogs quickly find an adopter and some look a while longer for the right match. It generally takes between a few days and several weeks, sometimes longer, sometimes not.

If I foster for Happy Bark and I fall in love with my foster dog, can I adopt him/her?

Yes! Keep in mind we do have a waiting list of approved applicants and may be working with an applicant interested in the dog you are fostering. For this reason, it is important to let us know right away if you're thinking of adopting so we don't try to find another adopter for your foster dog.

How are foster dogs advertised and marketed?

Photos and stories of all Happy Bark adoptable dogs are posted on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and on We actually use a really cool phone app (Android and Apple) to allow foster parents to easily send us pictures and give us updates. An important aspect of the foster parent’s role is to help advertise the availability of their foster dogs to friends, family and associates via personal social media and by taking them out (and showing them off!) in public. This is a huge part of Happy Bark's success. Foster dogs are also promoted at special events around town throughout the year. Foster parents are invited to create and participate in programs and events to increase the visibility of their foster dog to potential adopters. Even taking a walk around the neighborhood may help find the perfect home!

I already have pets.  Can I still foster for Happy Bark?

Yes! We welcome foster parents who have their own dogs. We think you will find your dogs showing your foster dog "the ropes" on their new daily routine. Foster dogs also serve as wonderful companions to your own pets. Dogs coming to Happy Bark foster homes are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, dewormed, heartworm negative, microchipped, and treated with flea/tick preventative.

What will it cost me to foster for Happy Bark?

Foster parents provide space, basic training, exercise and love for the dog. Happy Bark will provide all the other supplies and equipment needed throughout the foster experience, including dog food, toys, leashes, collars, bedding, and veterinary care. There is no out of pocket expense to the foster home!

What if I go on vacation or have a business trip?

Given enough notice, we can always make other arrangements or find volunteers to foster sit for short durations. We ask that foster parents always keep their Happy Bark partners aware of any need for temporary foster sitting situations. We also appreciate resourcefulness from our foster homes, so if a solution can be found for the foster dog while you are not available, we would love to hear about it.

How can I learn more about fostering for Happy Bark?

You can get in touch with us via any of our various contact methods. You can also submit a foster application. Submitting an application does not commit you to foster, but is the first step in fostering.
Either way you choose to get in touch, we will reply to schedule some time to chat about the foster program at Happy Bark and answer any of your questions.