Foster Diaries

A number of our companion animals reside in foster homes. The reasons vary from those that need extra TLC to the simple fact that given our small shelter we are just not able to house all the lost or turned-in pets that come to us.

Our foster families open their homes and hearts to these wonderful pets. Not only do they provide shelter and care, they also learn a lot about our rescues. Below, in our Foster Families’ own words, are stories about the pets they are caring for. If you discover a pet that you would like to learn more about, please contact the shelter at 313.943.2697.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent yourself learn more by visiting our Become a Foster page.  The experience can be very rewarding for both you and your foster pet.


Bambi is a lovable and energetic 7-month-old pit bull terrier mix.  He is full-grown and a well-behaved, active companion.  He has spent the last couple of months in his foster home with his loving mother and pug sister; getting obedience training and learning house manners.  He is fully “potty-trained” and knows commands (and hand signals) such as: sit, down, stay, in your crate, off, up, come and no.  He has recently started training for the “drop it” command as well as walking on a loose lead.

Bambi is good with both cats and dogs, and VERY much loves to play with other dog friends, no matter their size or gender.  He hopes one day to be lucky enough to go to a home with other canine companions so he can enjoy lifelong playmates!

Bambi was rescued as a stray, very malnourished and very scared puppy.  And although his foster mother has been working diligently to socialize him, he is still somewhat shy around strangers, and may be starled by loud noises and fast movements.  For this reason, his foster mother believes he would do best in an active home with adults, free from young children, (although exceptions may be weighted for children of careful, quiet behavior who know how to both respect a dog and conduct themselves safely around one).

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Bazooka Joe

Bazooka Joe is a sweet, cuddly 4-month-old bundle of joy.  He was a wee bit shy when he first arrived at this foster family’s home, but with the help of the foster family’s dog, Joe has come out of his shell.  He loves to romp in the snow, play chase, and snuggle with his foster brother when he’s all tuckered out.

Joe has been working hard on potty training and is able to use his voice to let his foster mom know when he needs to use the restroom.  He has mastered the command of sit and is working on down, roll over and crate time.  Some of his favorite treats are cheese and rawhides.  He will make someone a great companion!

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Beauty is ready to find a  family to love so she can show everybody just how special she is. She is an energetic dog who is full of life.  She is still in her puppy stage.  She loves playing with her toys.  Beauty does enjoy her walks and does pretty well on a leash.  She does get excited and wants to pull when she sees other furry friends; but we are working on that.  Beauty is a lovable dog who loves to give licks and wants to jump up and give hugs to show affections.  She loves belly rubs and to cuddle.  Beauty is a big girl who thinks she is a lap dog.  She loves attention and people and always wants to be in the action.

Beauty is crate trained and when she is told to go into her cage at bedtime, she will go right in.  She is potty trained and will go ring the chimes on the door when she needs to go out.  She knows basic commands like sit and say.  Beauty would be a good fit for a home that can handle an energetic athletic dog and be willing to give her the attendtion she needs.  She is a sweet dog who would make a great companion.

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My name is Bubba, and I’m a really cute Jack Russell mix.  I’m just a little guy, only about 10 lbs., though I look bigger in my pictures.  I know I’m a little older than what most people are looking for, but I have a whole lot of love left in me.  I am a pretty mellow fella, and only bark when others do.  That’s because I don’t see and hear so good anymore.  No, I’m not blind or deaf, it’s just my age.  I do well with my foster fur siblings, but I haven’t quite learned that not every bone is mine.  My mom laughs when she sees me carrying them around the house looking for place to hide them.  We are working on some training issues, because I haven’t got the full swing of things around the house.  My foster mom thinks it’s because  I’m still a little confused about why I’m in a new home.  That’s probably why I never leave her side and follow her around the house all day.  But I am starting to catch on and if you’ll just be patient and consistent with me, I’m sure I can learn what’s expected of me.  I am so lucky to be in a foster home, where I get so much love; but I really need a forever home.  I’m quite sure once you take me home you will fall in love with me.

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My name is Caboodles.  Everyone says that I am a “happy-go-lucky” boy.  I love spending time with people.  A nice scratch behind the ears, a soft belly rub, or maybe just cuddling are a few of my favorite things.  I love to try and sneak in lots of kisses too.

I am a busy guy and love to fill my days with chewing on bones, playing tug with toys, and playing tag with the other dogs in the house.  I think I am pretty smart too.  I have learned to “sit” and “wait” for my food bowl.  I am learning to walk nice on a leash and have just mastered swimming and retrieving toys in the pool!  I am also house-trained and crate-trained.  I share my foster home with older kids, dogs, and cats, and I love them all!  Please come visit me.  I might be a perfect match for you!

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Happy.  Fun.  Loving.  Playful.  Energetic.  Watchful.  Adaptive.  Well behaved and at times solemn.  This is Casper.  He has been in a foster home since December 2013.  The home is chaotic; filled with several small chihuahua-type dogs and a bunch of cats.  Casper has blended in wonderfully.  Casper, despite his size, has been very gentle with the dogs and cats during play.  He is not selfish with food, treats or toys.  He is potty and crate trained.  He knows, through hand signals, how to sit, shake, stay, back up, and lay down and “go into your crate”.  He is at least hard of hearing and may be deaf, but despite that he minds well with hand hand signals.

Casper loves the outdoors, snow, rain or shine.  He is very athletic and loves romping in snowpiles. Inside he is quiet and well behaved.  He loves sitting on the bench in front of the living room window and staring outside.  He will give warning barks to alert the foster mom of strange passerbys, but he does not bark excessively.  He very much loves to play with toys, especially rubber squeaky toys and balls.  Casper enjoys being petted and especially belly rubs.  He will give kisses; but is not excessive with his licking.

Casper is looking for someone who could exercise him with play and/or walks.  He will give you affection and life-long companionship.

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Nani is a sweet two-year-old girl that is a bit timid; but her Foster Mom is working with her to slowly come out of her shell a bit, so she might do better in a home without young children.  She is a bit scared of shovels and the bathroom, but her Foster Mom is working with her on that too!  Nani loves to go for walks and play in the snow in the backyard and tries to bury her head in the snow.  It is very cute!

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