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Foster Info

Leia’s Hope Canine Rescue is a a foster-based rescue which rescues primarily senior and special needs dogs.

We do not have a physical shelter, as all our dogs are in foster homes. We rescue by pulling dogs from local shelters, retired breeder dogs, or responding to requests from owners who wish to surrender their dogs directly to us to avoid putting them in a shelter.

Leia's Hope Canine Rescue - Decatur, IL: Foster InfoFoster homes are a better place for dogs looking to be adopted, particularly senior dogs, for a several reasons. Shelter life is stressful! Dogs live most of their day on concrete and behind bars, listening to other dogs bark constantly, and although shelter staff do their best, dogs often don’t get as much attention as they should. In a foster home, dogs live just like it was their HOME. Not only do they get all the love and attention of your household pets, which is good for them, but they learn/reinforce those pet skills which are good for their future adopter: socialization with people/pets, housebreaking, commands, etc.

Fostering breeder dogs and puppy mill dogs can be challenging and rewarding! These dogs have likely never known a home, love or a kind touch. Having them start their journey in a home gets them use to a home environment and helps set them up for success in their forever home. We prefer our breeder dogs to go to a foster home with a fence. Your foster coordinator will be there to coach you through the challenges of a puppy mill dog. There is nothing so rewarding and satisfying when these dogs finally start to relax and do simple dog things, like take a treat from your hand or pick up a toy!  

We are always looking for new Fosters, including expanding to surrounding areas! Our Illinois foster must live close to Decatur, Springfield, Monticello or Mowequa. Our Missouri fosters must live close to Troy, MO. If you are close to one of these cities and can make vetting appointments then please complete a foster application. If you have questions please email us or click the link below. We provide the food, vetting and grooming, and you provide the love! Your current pets must be current on rabies vaccination, on year round heart worm prevention and bordetella is highly recommended. A fenced in yard and another canine in the home will be required to foster any of our adult puppy mill dogs. Our puppy fosters must have a flexible schedule and the puppy should not be alone for more than 4 hours at a time.  This is for the safety and well being of everyone.