Thank you for your interest in fostering a transport dog or puppy from HSWA. We partner with multiple organizations across the country such as Animal Rescue Front, Safe Haven Rescue and Wings of Rescue to save dogs and puppies from abandonment and high-kill facilities in the South. We truly appreciate your help in this life saving process.
In order to find the best matches, we require the following from potential transport fosters:
- Completed transport dog application
- Up to date vet records for any dogs in your home
- Two references that are not family members
If you are matched with a dog or puppy, fosters provide the following:
- Safe and loving home
- Transportation to and from any appointments at HSWA
- Appropriate exercise for the energy of the dog
- Lots of play time and positive socialization
- Bedding, food, water and treats
Fostering is a lot of work, but it’s worth every minute. Many of our transport fosters plan to adopt from the very beginning, others fall in love and decide to adopt, and some keep the process going by continuing to foster one dog after another. All scenarios are a wonderful gift to the animals in need, so thank you.
Please fill out a Transport Dog Application. If your application is incomplete you will not be considered.
Please note that filling out an application for a transport dog or puppy does not guarantee your acceptance into our foster program. We match dogs with transport fosters on a first come, first considered basis. We check references and veterinary records (if applicable), verify housing, and match according to the date and time an application is received. In order to be fair to everyone involved, we announce the arrival of transport dogs and puppies on our Facebook page as soon as possible (typically 1-2 weeks prior to arrival).
Should you decide to adopt, we require you to provide one year of Heartworm prevention at the minimum. We recommend continuous prevention and testing throughout the life of your dog, but Heartworms are prevalent in the southern United States. To read more about Heartworm disease click here.
Transport dog adoption fees include the following:
- Core vaccinations
- Tests for Heartworm, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis (when age appropriate)
- Treatment for internal parasites
- Flea and tick treatment and prevention
- Heartworm prevention
- Spay/neuter surgery
- Rabies vaccination and tag for dogs over 6 months old
Transport Dog Adoption Fees
(rescues from out of state, such as Puerto Rico, Mississippi, Oklahoma or Texas)
- Transport Puppy (8 weeks up to 12 months): $400 or 2 for $650*
- Transport Young Adults (1 year up to 4 years): $350 or 2 for $550*
- Transport Adult (4 years up to 8 years): $300 or 2 for $500
- Transport Elder (8 years plus): $150 or 2 for $250
* Unfortunately we are unable to offer any discounts on adoption fees for transport dogs under 4 years of age. Also, we can only apply one discount to any adoption special (ie, 2 adult dogs for $450 OR senior, veteran or first responder 25% discount).