Short-term fostering allows dog lovers to welcome healthy dogs into his/her home for 7 to 14 days to provide socialization in a warm and friendly environment. A socialized dog naturally has a much greater chance of being adopted than one who fears human contact. Socialization activities may include: walking on a leash, mastering stairs, adjusting to schedules, and (perhaps most importantly) mingling politely with family, friends and neighbors.
All animal shelters in Georgia are regulated by the Department of Agriculture, which requires all incoming dogs be separated from current shelter dogs for 10 to 14 days before being available for adoption. A dog that can spend these days in a nurturing private home will free up a space for an additional animal to be brought into the shelter, ultimately saving another life. All necessities are provided, including transportation of the dog or puppy to and from the foster home.
Animals that are up for adoption are not in need of fostering.