Foster

Our foster homes play a critical role at Saving Grace, providing a safe place for pups who need a little time before they are ready for adoption. Watch our video, then read below to learn more about these needs and how you can help!

What dogs are in need of foster homes?

There are two main types of foster dogs in the Saving Grace foster program: Puppies with or without their moms; and dogs needing time to recover.

Puppies under six months and pregnant moms or moms with nursing pups come to Saving Grace and are immediately placed into foster care so we can get them up to date on their vaccinations.

We have all numbers of puppies who are in need, from singles and pairs all the way up to large litters, and of course moms with any number of nursing pups.

Dogs needing time to recover can be puppies all the way up to seniors. There are many reasons why they may need time in a foster home but typically these dogs have suffered from an injury or illness, may need time to rest before or after surgery, or simply may need a quiet home for a little while to rest or put on some much needed weight.

Occasionally we have dogs that don’t fit into the categories above and we’ve been known to have the odd cat or kitten!

How do I become a foster home for Saving Grace?

Start your fostering journey by reading through Step 1: Understand what it takes. If you are new to fostering don’t worry, we will guide you through each step and be with you through the entire process.

Jump into our 4-Step Foster Process!

STEP 1: Understand what it takes

Is fostering a good fit for you?

STEP 2: Apply to be a Foster

If think you are ready to take on being a foster, fill out our application.

STEP 3: Attend a Foster Orientation

Once you’ve filled out your application, sign up for our orientation to get more information.

STEP 4: Approval and your first foster assignment!

Receive our welcome letter and handbook, and prepare for your first foster!

Foster News

Get Involved: Foster Homes Needed

There are a lot of mama dogs currently in shelters, ready to give birth at any moment or who have already had their puppies. We would really love to bring these families into our program, but we need your help!

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13 hours ago
Saving Grace NC

Fosters needed!! All of these adorable puppies are currently safe & loved in one of our amazing foster homes. We rely on foster families to help us rescue sweet pups just like these, and we need your help! Click the following link to learn more about joining our foster team. If you're not able to foster, help us spread the word by sharing this post or tagging friends below! Fostering saves lives 🐾❤️loom.ly/G7U6PfY#SGFoster ... See MoreSee Less

Fosters needed!! All of these adorable puppies are currently safe & loved in one of our amazing foster homes. We rely on foster families to help us rescue sweet pups just like these, and we need your help! Click the following link to learn more about joining our foster team. If youre not able to foster, help us spread the word by sharing this post or tagging friends below! Fostering saves lives 🐾❤️
https://loom.ly/G7U6PfY
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Comment on Facebook

I’d love to help foster. I filled out the form and went to an orientation in February 7th but haven’t heard back

I’d love to foster one of these puppies but I live in Winston

Safe and loved. Beautiful.

I’d love to help foster! I am home all day 7days a week! Let me know what I need to fill out.

I wish I could do this

Cuteness overload

Great looking pups, what's the breed mix on them?

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15 hours ago
Saving Grace NC

Host Update for Portia! See what her host said about their time with Portia while she looks for her furever family:“Portia girl, what's there to say about her... hmmmmm.Well for one, I'm shocked she hasn't been adopted yet! She has a gentle demeanor and is a great snuggler. I have two dogs, a pom/sheltie and a black lab, and she was so great with them. She was playful & submissive. Come to think of it, I don't think I heard a growl once from her.During the night, we had a crate with the door open in a gated off entry way- she slept in there happily. Not a peep!Her sit and stay could use some work, but... I can't fault the girl. We worked on it a bit and as time went on she was getting it- could've been the treats but, I just think she's that smart.I hope someone sees the sweet, affectionate, playful pup in her and gives her a furever home. She deserves it!”To meet Portia, schedule an appointment by submitting an adoption request on our website's "Adopt" page. To host an amazing dog like Portia, sign up for our host weekend sleepovers on our website's "Host a Dog" page:loom.ly/MG6X_8ILearn more about Portia by checking out her bio on our website.loom.ly/N6_cvU8#hostupdate #rescuedog #dogrescue #doglovers #happydog #adoptme #savinggracenc #dogsleepover#hostadog #foster ... See MoreSee Less

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She was one of the first dogs that greeted me when I walked through the gates…she came up and gently leaned against me. ❤️🐾😍

She’s so pretty and has the cutest pointy ears!

She’s so beautiful 😍

She looks like scooby doo. So cute.

Daniel Morris

Markie Studnicky Brown

Love this girl

Her face 💗💗

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1 day ago
Saving Grace NC

Being a mom is a tough job , even when you have all the necessary resources to set your little ones up for the most success! Maizy is a momma dogs who had a rough start until she entered the Foster program. She raised her puppies and then went on to find her forever home! With your support, we can continue to offer this opportunity to more mother dogs at Saving Grace! loom.ly/oS-zJpo ... See MoreSee Less

Being a mom is a tough job , even when you have all the necessary resources to set your little ones up for the most success!  Maizy is a momma dogs who had a rough start until she entered the Foster program.  She raised her puppies and then went on to find her forever home!  With your support, we can continue to offer this opportunity to more mother dogs at Saving Grace! https://loom.ly/oS-zJpo
2 days ago
Saving Grace NC

Host Update for Fonzie! See what his host said about their time with Fonzie while he looks for his furever family:“We had such a great time hosting Fonzie this past weekend! Fonzie loves people and belly rubs, he is a great companion if you are living alone or with a family. Well behaved on the leash and around the house. He prefers finding a comfy spot near you to his crate. He is potty trained! Getting into the car may not be his favorite thing but once in, he loves the drive and stays calm. Not so into toys (hasn't had much exposure) but is into all the love and attention you are willing to offer. He loves to go everywhere you go and sits next to you at all times. If you are looking for a good handsome boy who obeys and has good manners, Fonzie is the guy for you. He loves being outside as much as he loves to relax at home. (He snores! LOL) We wish Fonzie finds his forever home soon and whoever adopts him will have a best friend in him forever. ”To meet Fonzie, schedule an appointment by submitting an adoption request on our website's "Adopt" page. To host an amazing dog like Fonzie, sign up for our host weekend sleepovers on our website's "Host a Dog" page:loom.ly/MG6X_8ILearn more about Fonzie by checking out his bio on our website.loom.ly/whKwv-8#hostupdate #rescuedog #dogrescue #doglovers #happydog #adoptme #savinggracenc #dogsleepover#hostadog #foster ... See MoreSee Less

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Fonzie is such a good boy- well behaved in his crate and at mealtime. He is best as a single family dog or with other female dogs. He has been a wonderful friend with all his female playgroup friends on the farm! He really is super affectionate, enjoys being with people! He is just lovely 💕

I love caring for Fonzie on the farm! I’m surprised he has not been adopted yet. He’s a sweet one. 🥰

Fonzie is a sweet boy! Love him!!

Oh I love him! Is he a lab/golden mix of some sort? Andy Naylor

Adore him already! ❤️

He’s so cute!

Gordo would be so jealous

Zach Quinn look at this handsome fella

He’s too cool!

Maggie Ryan

What a cutie

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3 days ago
Saving Grace NC

Host Update for Melanie. See what her host said about their time with Melanie while she looks for her furever family:"Sweet Melanie! We fell in love with this girl. She is very chilland loves laying in the kitchen while you cook and she is very well behaved. She doesn’t pull on her walks and she has great potty manners! Melanie knows basic commands like how to sit and shake on command. She is wonderful with kids of any age and she tolerates young dogs but might prefer dogs her own age or older. I think she just prefers dogs that don’t have all that puppy energy. Melanie loves riding in the car and enjoyed being in the passenger seat.She is great in her crate and slept all night. This girl really deserves a forever home! We just love her so much"!To meet Melanie, schedule an appointment by submitting an adoption request on our website's "Adopt" page. To host an amazing dog like Melanie, sign up for our host weekend sleepovers on our website's "Host a Dog" page: loom.ly/MG6X_8ILearn more about Melanie by checking out her bio on our website.https://loom.ly/Cqzl5_I#hostupdate #rescuedog #dogrescue #doglovers #happydog #adoptme #savinggracenc #dogsleepover #hostadog #foster ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Melanie is such a good and sweet girl! We had the pleasure of hosting her a while back and she’s amazing! I pray she finds her furever home soon! 🙂

Love Melanie’s face! So sweet

She’s precious!

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3 days ago
Saving Grace NC

Maizy is a momma dog who had a rough start until she entered the Saving Grace Foster program. She raised her puppies and then went on to find her forever home! Maizy's family is supporting Saving Grace with a matching funds campaign of $10,000! loom.ly/oS-zJpo ... See MoreSee Less

Maizy is a momma dog who had a rough start until she entered the Saving Grace Foster program.  She raised her puppies and then went on to find her forever home!  Maizys family is supporting Saving Grace with a matching funds campaign of $10,000! https://loom.ly/oS-zJpo
4 days ago
Saving Grace NC

Host Update for Peggy! See what her host said about their time with Peggy while She looks for her furever family:"We recently hosted Peggy, and she is such a sweet girl!Peggy is a go with the flow gal and happy to see anyone she meets. She has plenty of energy for walks and activities but is just as happy to get comfy and relax on the couch with you. Her FAVORITE thing is belly rubs! She loved it. She was great in the car and enjoyed looking out the window. On the leash, she was pretty good as well but could use a bit more practice as she pulled a little. She acclimated well to the house with only 1 potty accident on the first night, but once we got on a schedule we were good to go! Her table manners were good, too. She was interested in the food at first but then was perfectly content to go lay on the couch and not pay us much attention during meals. We put the crate in our room and left the door open with a blanket and her toy in there. She slept in there both nights on her own. She really loves being with her people and with training will remember that they will come back to give her belly rubs even if they have to leave her for a short time. From what we can tell, Peggy loves to be around you and would do well in a home where she gets quality time with her owner".To meet Peggy, schedule an appointment by submitting an adoption request on our website's "Adopt" page. To host an amazing dog like Peggy, sign up for our host weekend sleepovers on our website's "Host a Dog" page: loom.ly/MG6X_8ILearn more about Peggy by checking out her bio on our website.https://loom.ly/SBRO9ts#hostupdate #rescuedog #dogrescue #doglovers #happydog #adoptme #savinggracenc #dogsleepover #hostadog #foster ... See MoreSee Less

Host Update for Peggy! See what her host said about their time with Peggy while She looks for her furever family:
We recently hosted Peggy, and she is such a sweet girl!
Peggy is a go with the flow gal and happy to see anyone she meets. She has plenty of energy for walks and activities but is just as happy to get comfy and relax on the couch with you.  Her FAVORITE thing is belly rubs! She loved it. 
She was great in the car and enjoyed looking out the window. On the leash, she was pretty good as well but could use a bit more practice as she pulled a little. She acclimated well to the house with only 1 potty accident on the first night, but once we got on a schedule we were good to go! Her table manners were good, too. She was interested in the food at first but then was perfectly content to go lay on the couch and not pay us much attention during meals. 
We put the crate in our room and left the door open with a blanket and her toy in there. She slept in there both nights on her own. 
 She really loves being with her people and with training will remember that they will come back to give her belly rubs even if they have to leave her for a short time. From what we can tell, Peggy loves to be around you and would do well in a home where she gets quality time with her owner.
To meet Peggy, schedule an appointment by submitting an adoption request on our websites Adopt page. To host an amazing dog like Peggy, sign up for our host weekend sleepovers on our websites Host a Dog page: https://loom.ly/MG6X_8I
Learn more about Peggy by checking out her bio on our website.https://loom.ly/SBRO9ts
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Comment on Facebook

She’s so pretty! She couldn’t get enough of my 8 year of son the last time we visited Saving Grace. 😊

She’s gorgeous 💗

Sweet girl!! ❤️🐾

So sweet💖

I LOVE HER!!

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5 days ago
Saving Grace NC

Host Update for Capri! See what her host said about their time with Capri while she looks for her furever family:"Capri is incredibly sweet though shy at first. She was nervous getting into cars but was a perfect passenger once she was picked up and put in the car. Doorways and stairs might be new to her but she was encouraged/motivated with patience and reassurance and conquered those fears easily. Treats helped! She was sweet and a little submissive to our dog who's a bit bigger than her. She loves all the toys, but keep your shoes put away. Capri knows a couple basic commands like sit and come. She ate in her crate, separate from our dog. She also slept all night in her crate and has good potty manners. With a little patience and reassurance, she did well on the leash. She is pretty curious of other dogs and barked a bit. Capri is respectful of the cat of the house and understands the meaning of 'hiss'! She naps like a boss and loves attention"!To meet Capri, schedule an appointment by submitting an adoption request on our website's "Adopt" page. To host an amazing dog like Capri, sign up for our host weekend sleepovers on our website's "Host a Dog" page: loom.ly/MG6X_8ILearn more about Capri by checking out her bio on our website.https://loom.ly/jmHn_Kw#hostupdate #rescuedog #dogrescue #doglovers #happydog #adoptme #savinggracenc #dogsleepover #hostadog #foster ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Beautiful fur baby! ❤️🦮🐕❤️

Rose Ruppert Greene Could be Emmie's sister

David Jankowski

What a cutie!

Megan Elizabeth

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5 days ago
Saving Grace NC

There is less than 2 weeks remaining in Maizy's Matching Fundraiser! With your help we can help SO many more pups in the Saving Grace foster program! loom.ly/oS-zJpo ... See MoreSee Less

There is less than 2 weeks remaining in Maizys Matching Fundraiser! 
With your help we can help SO many more pups in the Saving Grace foster program! https://loom.ly/oS-zJpo
6 days ago
Saving Grace NC

Host Update for Anniston! See what her host said about their time with Anniston while she looks for her furever family:"Anniston is a dreamy girl and ready for a family. Anniston was an angel and so easy to host. She has very good potty manners, walks well on a leash, knows a few commands and loved to snuggle! She was playful with our dog—but was just as happy to sneak off to a cozy spot to nap. She was easy going and laid back. We adore this short and stocky girl. We hope she gets the perfect family soon. PS- she has the cutest butt wiggles"!To meet Anniston, schedule an appointment by submitting an adoption request on our website's "Adopt" page. To host an amazing dog like Anniston, sign up for our host weekend sleepovers on our website's "Host a Dog" page: loom.ly/MG6X_8ILearn more about Anniston by checking out her bio on our website.https://loom.ly/46nLP0k#hostupdate #rescuedog #dogrescue #doglovers #happydog #adoptme #savinggracenc #dogsleepover #hostadog #foster ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

She is such a sweetheart!

Anniston is a great dog!!!

She has such pretty eyes!

A real beauty

Nick Lee

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6 days ago
Saving Grace NC

Host Update for Nassau! See what her host said about their time with Nassau while she looks for her furever family:“Our family hosted Nassau a few weeks ago, and she is just delightful!Once she got over the excitement of all the new smells and places to explore, she fit right in, and it was all about snuggles and relaxation. She was very good with our young kids (ages 3 to 9) and loved to take walks with our Foxhound. She so loves exploring all the sights and sounds. She walks well on a leash after she gets all her sniffs in. She was perfect in her crate at night and did well when we had to leave her to run errands. She is calm in the car and usually nests to take a nap as soon as you get on the road. She has much to offer and will make some lucky family so happy.”To meet Nassau, schedule an appointment by submitting an adoption request on our website's "Adopt" page. To host an amazing dog like Nasssau, sign up for our host weekend sleepovers on our website's "Host a Dog" page:loom.ly/MG6X_8ILearn more about Nassau by checking out her bio on our website.loom.ly/A09_1OA#hostupdate #rescuedog #dogrescue #doglovers #happydog #adoptme #savinggracenc #dogsleepover#hostadog #foster ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

She is a sweetheart and is well loved at the farm! Great in her crate and is a fun friend to dogs and people alike!

Naussau is a little ball of sweet energy outside- loves to play with all her pup friends! She is super affectionate and snuggly with people - love this little pint sized girl!

ADOPTED today!!!! ♥️♥️♥️

She is so pretty!

Darling girl!!

Jennifer Carr McLaughlin

Nick Meyer!!

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6 days ago
Saving Grace NC

Join us on Monday for a *Virtual* Foster Orientation! Our foster team will walk you through which puppies and dogs typically need foster care and how you can get involved! RSVP today - loom.ly/uiqOS5c#SGEvent ... See MoreSee Less

Join us on Monday for a *Virtual* Foster Orientation! Our foster team will walk you through which puppies and dogs typically need foster care and how you can get involved! RSVP today - https://loom.ly/uiqOS5c
#SGEvent

Comment on Facebook

How long is the orientation? I have a 6:30 flight to catch but I’m really interested in fostering

I just signed up! So excited!

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FAQs about Fostering

  • Little boy with foster dogs

    For how long will I have a foster dog?

    We need foster homes from 2-10 weeks depending on the dog’s needs. Newborn puppies will need a foster home for about 10 weeks; whereas a dog recovering from a surgery may need 2-3 weeks. Each dog’s situation is unique, and their fostering needs will be as well.

  • Foster puppies looking through fence

    What dogs are available to foster?

    The dogs in the foster program are puppies under six months, everything from single pups, pairs all the way up to large litters.

  • What is the difference between Fostering and Hosting?

    Our Foster program is for very young puppies, sometimes with their moms; and older dogs that need extra TLC after surgery or illness. Foster periods vary but range from 2 to 10 weeks while we work to get these fosters ready for adoption. Our Hosting program is for healthy dogs who are already available for adoption and the Host period is one weekend, or a week during our special holiday host events.

Host a Dog Sleepover

Step 1 What is a Sleepover?

Find out more about our Sleepover program.

Step 2 Pick a Date

Sign up for each time you'd like to have a Sleepover guest.

Step 3 Pick them up

Pick up your sleepover guest, and find fun things to do!

Step 4 Bring them back

It is tough to let them go, but maybe they'll become a permanent member of your home!

Foster a Dog

Step 1 Understand what it takes

Fostering isn't for everyone. Could it be a good fit for you?

Step 2
Apply to become a foster

Show your interest and let us get the process started

Step 3 Attend a Foster Orientation

Pick a session from the calendar to find out more about the program.

Step 4
Accept an Assignment

Taking them home is just the beginning. Your pup will need lots of patience and TLC!

Adopt from Saving Grace

Happy Tails

Stories shared by happy adopters

Step 1 Understand the responsibility

Make sure you understand how adopting a new pet will impact your life.

Step 2
Apply to adopt

Start the formal process that will get you an appointment to meet available dogs.

Step 3 Take them home

Once we all agree you've found your new pet, pay the adoption fee and take them home (after stopping at the Supply Co)!

Step 4
Love them!

Taking them home is just the beginning. Your pup will need lots of patience and TLC!

About Saving Grace

Meet Molly Goldston Founder of Saving Grace

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aka “The Funny Farm” 
13400 Old Creedmoor Rd,
Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

Saving Grace Robeson County

273 Kenric Dr.
Lumberton, NC 28360, USA

Saving Grace Wake Forest

13400 Old Creedmoor Rd
Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

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273 Kenric Dr.
Lumberton, NC 28360, USA

Volunteer for Saving Grace

Step 1 Explore our volunteer options

Step 4 Attend a mentor session

Step 2 Fill out the application form

Step 5 Sign up for shifts/tasks

Step 3 Attend volunteer orientation

Step 6 Keep coming back!

We Need Fosters!

Not all our dogs are ready to stay at the Funny Farm – our Fosters help get them ready for adoption!

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Will you take a deserving dog for the weekend to give them a break from the Funny Farm?

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Every dollar donated to Saving Grace helps us help more dogs find forever homes.

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Sunday: Closed

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