Help the Shibas - Foster a Shiba

We are in desperate need of foster homes! This is the key part of SIRA. Without foster homes we cannot save the needy Shibas. Please consider opening your home and heart to a homeless Shiba. For more information on fostering please read below.

Thank you for considering becoming a foster home for Shiba Inu Rescue Association! Foster homes are the backbone of our group. As a foster home you will care for a needy Shiba in your home until it is adopted out to its forever home. You will find that fostering is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunity available in dog rescue. There is nothing better than to see a dog, who has been neglected and/or abused its entire life go to the loving home it should have been with all along.

What types of dogs are available for fostering?
All types of dogs are in need of rescue. SIRA is dedicated to rescuing Shibas and Shiba mixes. Most of our foster dogs come from puppy mill/commercial breeder releases. These dogs usually need more TLC as they are just beginning to learn what it means to be loved and cared for by people. Puppy millers are often very good with other dogs but are generally shy around people and new situations.  These dogs can vary in age from 6 weeks old to 10+ years.

We also get dogs from shelters or owner surrenders. While these dogs are generally more confident, they usually need some guidance in obedience. Often these dogs were purchased when they were cute little puppies at puppy stores. Once they grow out of the puppy stage and become naughty adolescents (ie. chewing, escaping, just be typical Shibas) the owners decide they are unable/unwilling to deal with them any longer. Shibas are also surrendered because their families move, develop allergies, have a baby, etc.  We get shelter dogs/owner surrenders at all ages, though typically most are between the ages of 8 months to 3 years.

What support does SIRA offer to me and the foster dog?
Throughout the fostering process you will be able to contact SIRA at any time regarding the foster dog. As a foster home you will be invited to join SIRA_Foster our online yahoo talk and support group. If at any time you have questions you may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it directly, and you will be responded to immediately.

What if I have to go out of town while I have a foster dog?
That is fine. To keep costs low we try to find a vacation foster home that can care for the foster dog while you are away. If this is not possible the dog will be boarded at a SIRA approved facility (such as Crest Hill Cat and Dog Clinic or All for Doggies, who work closely with SIRA, if possible) again to keep costs minimal. If you know that you have a long trip or several short trips in the near future it's probably better to wait to take on a foster Shiba until after you return home.

How do I become a foster home for SIRA?
Becoming a foster home is a very similar process to adopting. First you must download, complete and submit the foster home application. The link is provided below.  Once we have received your application we will perform a reference check. You will then be contacted by a SIRA volunteer to arrange a home visit. For more detailed information on this process please visit the Adopt a Shiba page.  Foster Homes must read the Foster Home Policies and Procedures and sign the Foster Home Policies and Procedures Agreement prior to receiving their first foster dog.  If you have adopted a Shiba from SIRA then you are approved to foster, after signing the Foster Home Policies and Procedures Agreement.

Any other questions about fostering? Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please read SIRA's Foster Home Policies and Procedures before submitting your foster home application.

Click here to download SIRA's Foster Home Application

Last Updated (Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:49)

Make a Donation

Did you know many SIRA foster dogs' vet bills cost more than $200? Your donation will help SIRA recoup these costs so that we can continue saving homeless Shibas.