Foster Application

In Consideration of Your Time . . .

It is Pound Buddies’ general policy that we do not foster to homes with unaltered pets or pets not current on vet services; however, we will review foster applications on a case‐by‐case basis.

A Rewarding Relationship, A Serious Responsibility

Fostering a dog is a serious responsibility that offers much love and many lasting rewards.  You are not only fostering a pet, you are adding a new member to your household. Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center strives to ensure that each person who fosters a pet is aware of, and willing to, accept that responsibility. The questions on this form are designed to help our staff make sure there is a good match between each foster dog and its new foster family.

Our Foster Procedure

  • Please completely fill out, electronically “sign” and submit this online Foster Application form.

  • Important Reminder: After submitting your electronic Foster Application, please call your Veterinarian by the next business day authorizing his/her office to speak with a Pound Buddies’ representative regarding your vet history.

  • We will review your Application and contact your veterinarian if you have had a pet under a veterinarian’s care in the past.

  • Upon final foster approval, you will meet with the Pound Buddies Foster Coordinator and sign a Foster Contract.  We will ask you to provide proof that your household dogs are current on their vaccinations (including Bordetella [Kennel Cough]) before you bring your new foster home.

Foster Application processing typically takes three business days.  If you have not heard from us by the fourth business day, please call (231) 767-0921 and leave a detailed message with your name, your phone number, the name of the desired dog, and the date of the application.

After three business days, you may also e‐mail us at foster@poundbuddies.org. In the Subject Line, please type, “I am requesting my foster application status.” In the body of the e‐mail message, please list your name, address, phone, desired animal, and the date of your foster application.

Tell us how you learned about or met the animal you are interested in Fostering (check all that apply):
Tell us how you learned about or met the animal you are interested in Fostering (check all that apply):

Applicant Information
Tell Us About You and Life At Your House
Help Us find the Best Fit for You, Your Family and Your New Dog

I certify that I have read the foster questions carefully and that the information in this Foster Application has been answered truthfully.

I give Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center permission to fully investigate the information provided, as well as contact veterinarians and related officials.

Acknowledgement of Foster Responsibilities:

  1. I agree to attend at least TWO Adopt-a-Dog (AAD) events / month OR I will make arrangements for an available Pound Buddies Volunteer to represent me and my Foster at these events. (Based on the personality and needs of the dog and discussion with the Foster Coordinator, this requirement may be waived in lieu of other methods of presenting the dog to potential adopters).
  2. I agree to take advantage of provided training sessions for my Foster when they are offered.
  3. I agree to keep my Foster current on all vet services, testing and prevention and to accurately and immediately document all procedures on the dog's Medical Record Sheet as a critical part of the pending Adoption paperwork.
  4. I understand that Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will evaluate my foster for adoptability after six months in my care, and if the animal has not been exposed to potential adopters via methods discussed with the Foster Coordinator, my dog may be made available to another foster for adoption or may be returned to the Shelter to re-enter the adoption process.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: After submitting your application, please call your Veterinarian by the next business day authorizing his/her office to speak with a Pound Buddies’ representative regarding your vet history.

  • Please proof your entries before hitting the "Submit" button.
  • If you receive an error message, please confirm you have answered all of the questions.
  • Your valid e-mail address provides the quickest way for us to contact you.
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation upon proper completion and submission of your Adoption Application form.

Contact Info

Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center

1300 East Keating Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49442
(231) 724-6500 (phone)
(231) 724-3495 (fax)
e-mail:  info@poundbuddies.org

General Public
Viewing/Visitation Hours 
(to find your new best friend)

Mon., Wed., & Friday:  2 – 7 pm
Tues. & Thurs.: By Appt. Please Call
Saturday:  2 pm – 6 pm
…or by Appointment (please call)

Missing Animal Hours
(to search for your lost dog)

Monday - Friday:  
  8 am – Noon
  2 - 7 pm
  Building CLOSED: M - F, 12 - 2 pm
Saturday:  8 am – 6 pm

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