Foster Application

Elder Paws really needs your help! So many senior dogs are abandoned or surrendered to shelters each year. Many shelters realize that seniors are less attractive to adopters than younger dogs and they are often the first dogs to lose their lives to make room for more adoptable, younger dogs. A foster home literally means the difference between life and death of a senior shelter dog. If you are like us and believe that seniors still have value and would like to foster one of our amazing seniors you can start the process by filling out the application below.Once completed one of our foster coordinators will reach out to you regarding the next step in the foster process.

A PDF of the application may also be downloaded here: 2023 Foster Application

ALL FIELDS ARE REQUIRED: If there are any fields that are not applicable, please fill with n/a or fill with 0’s for numerical fields.

Foster Application

Fosters' Name(Required)

Enter your Email Address

Fosters' Address(Required)
Fosters' phone number type(Required)

Best time to reach you (Please enter the time in HH:MM format and select AM or PM):

Fosters' Callback Time(Required)


Do you own or rent?

Do you own or rent?(Required)

Is your yard fenced?

Is the yard fenced?(Required)

Do you have a pool?

Do you have a pool?(Required)

If you have a pool, is it fenced?

Is the pool fenced?

How many people live in your home?

Who are the people living in your home?

How many pets live in your home?

Please describe the breed (i.e., Cat, Dog, Lizard) and age of each pet living in the home:

Why do you want to foster?

Why do you want to foster senior dogs?

What are your expectations for your senior foster dog?

All foster dogs MUST be housed indoors, are you able to do this?

All dogs MUST be housed indoors, are you able to house the dog indoors?(Required)

How many hours a day will the dog be left alone?

Are you willing to accept a dog with physical challenges (i.e., hearing/sight impaired, weakness in legs, or other treatable age-related health condition)?

Are you able to accept physically challenged dogs?(Required)

Are you able to provide reliable transportation to and from vet visits?

Are you able to provide reliable transport to vet?(Required)

Where will the dog sleep at night?

Do you have any experience caring for senior dogs? If so, please describe:

Please describe any physical limitations you have:


**This information is required, your application will not be processed unless filled out completely!**

Have you ever fostered for another rescue or animal welfare organization before? If so please enter the information below for at least two organization you fostered with so that we may do a reference check.

First Foster Organization

Foster Organization #1 Address(Required)
Foster Organization #1 Contact Name (person you worked with)(Required)

How long you fostered for this organization:

Second Foster Organization

Foster Organization #2 Address(Required)
Foster Organization #2 Contact Name (person you worked with)

How long you fostered for this organization:


(If you have personal pets you must list a vet, if you have recently moved please list prior vet)

Veterinarian Address(Required)

Veterinarian Phone Number:

Length of time you've being going to/have known this veterinarian?

Thank you for applying to foster one of our senior companion animals!

Our foster families agree to accept any animal in need, however we can accept foster requests to exclude specific breeds and sexes (male or female) with no guarantee as to how long it will take to find that specific breed or sex of dog.

Our short term fosters care for adoptable senior dogs on a short term basis, typically 3 – 4 weeks while they receive initial vet care. All supplies (food, vet care, medications, collars, leashes, ID tags) will be provided for you.

Our long term fosters are entrusted with our most medically needy senior dogs. These dogs will be in the foster’s care for an unknown amount of time until they are ready to leave this world.

[If an unexpected situation arises where you are unable to continue to care for a foster dog the foster agrees to provide Elder Paws with a (2) week notice, continuing to properly care for the dog, while another foster is found.]

Your foster application will be processed within 3-5 days; you will be contacted at that time for the next step in the process.

Any questions please contact us at (559) 261-5746.

Agreements signed name(Required)

*By typing in your name and today's date above, you agree that all information within this application is true and correct and agree to the statements of care above.*

MM slash DD slash YYYY
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.



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