Some ways

you can help

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Foster an animal in need

Do you want to help us save dogs? Fostering is a great way of doing just that! When we receive our dogs from local owner surrenders or those brought up from high-kill shelters outside our community, most are waiting for their forever home. They need foster homes who can take in these abandoned pets and give them love until the perfect match comes along. To allow us to continue to save more dogs, we need qualified foster providers to step forward and help us out. Don't let these sweet animals wait any longer by becoming a foster today!

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"Fostering is one of the greatest gifts in my life. I love animals, and giving them the opportunity to grow in a safe, nurturing environment warms my heart. With Wiggly Tails, I know they will be loved, properly cared for and ready to be adopted to an appropriate home, where they will become a family member.  For me, fostering is best cure for puppy fever! I get to play, train, cuddle, so many cuddles, with these lil pups.  I enjoy being a roadstop full of loving and learning for these misplaced pups as well as the benefits associated with hilarious, rambuctious, affectionate little critters."

Fostering FAQs:

What does it take to be a foster provider?
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Because all of our foster homes must be pre-approved, and we rely on volunteers to do home checks, we are only able to serve Eugene/Springfield and the surrounding areas.

Ability to keep dog(s) safe

One of your main responsibilities as a foster provider is to keep the dog safe. This may mean a fenced yard, depending on the circumstances, but also means ensuring that the dog cannot escape and is always accompanied and wearing the Wiggly Tails tag when it goes out.

Willingness to bring the dog to adoption events or to meet with potential adopters

Our rescued dogs are adopted through events at Petsmart and other businesses, as well as via social media. Potential adopters come there to meet them, but in other cases you will need to meet at their home or at a park, particularly when they have other dogs that the rescue dog needs to meet.

Taking photos and making progress reports on the dog

Our dogs are often found by adopters who see their picture and a description of them on Facebook or other social media. We rely on the foster providers to let us know how the dog is doing and to share those positive moments through pictures. You also need to let us know promptly if you have any problems with your foster dog(s).

Love and caring

You may be the one who shows the dog that people do care, by providing socialization and the necessities of life. You will need to provide food, toys, and a bed (at a minimum) for the foster dog(s). (We can assist with donated food, toys, pens, crates and other necessities in some cases. Limited financial ability is not an automatic disqualifier.)

Wiggly Tails Dog Rescue's Responsibilities
Providing accurate information about the dog

Wiggly Tails will provide necessary information to enable the foster provider to effectively care for the dog.

veterinary care

Wiggly Tails is responsible for all necessary veterinary care, including vaccinations, medications and spaying/neutering. Foster providers usually will need to get the dog(s) to the vet.

providing support to foster providers

Wiggly Tails will provide timely support with problems that foster providers encounter when fostering the dog(s). We will also take the dog back if the foster placement fails.

Assisting with special needs

Wiggly Tails will assist with physical needs, as necessary, such as loaning crates, pens, blankets, and other supplies, and providing donated food, treats, and toys, when needed.

The Process to Become a Wiggly Tails Foster:


Contact us to apply for the Foster Care program by completing an application.


Attend an information session.


Have your property inspected for suitability.


Become a foster carer and make a difference to animals in need.


Be A Volunteer

Wiggly Tails Dog Rescue is a volunteer-driven organization, so we rely on our volunteers to help with all aspects of the rescue. One of the nice things about volunteering for Wiggly Tails is that you can work as many or few hours as your schedule and lifestyle allow. We hope you will consider joining us in this rewarding work.

We're looking for people who can:

Adoption Event Support

Dog Training

Clerical Assistance

Graphic and Website Design and Development

Board of Directors


Home Checks

Social Media

If you have these skills we'd love to meet you!

become a volunteer

Spread the Word

We share all of adoptable dogs, fundraisers, and adoption events on our Facebook page. You can help by sharing our posts and following us on Facebook.

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Without the support of our Wiggly Tails Dog Rescue family, we would not be able to provide life-saving transport, medical care, and in-home fostering for our dogs. Please donate today!