COVID19 Foster updates

Currently with the mandatory restrictions surrounding COVID-19 we are lacking volunteers to help with socializing our wonderful dogs. We are in need of very reliable fosters to provide the interaction our dogs very much need.

Our foster procedures have changed in order to follow the COVID-19 rules and we are no longer able to show families our dogs at the shelter. However, we are undertaking the whole selection process online and we would have one of our volunteers transport the best suited dog for you to your home to do an orientation and house check and to allow you to see how the dog interacts with you and in your home.

We are asking fosters to provide food, bowls, dog beds, leashes, collars and harness if possible as we are currently running low on those items at the moment. Foster families would need to send us weekly updates and plenty of pictures to post on social media to help with our adoption process. Please understand that there will be times when we might request you to do a meet and greet with your foster dog and a potential adopter.

Fosters will need to do monthly heartworm prevention, flea and tick medicine with families needing to pick up the medicine each month at our shelter in Homestead, FL. If renting you would need a permission from your landlord/ apartment building to allow dogs. Fostering can be a rewarding experience during these particularly trying times and it is very important we keep our dogs active and in contact with humans. We are especially looking for fosters who are willing to give time, patience and also help train the dog.

If you are interested in helping Born Free Pet Shelter by being a foster, please fill out this foster application and we will be in touch within a few days. As many people are currently working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are getting many more foster applications than usual and need to select the right homes for our dogs. For this reason, we might not be able to approve all the foster applications.

Placing our dogs in foster homes allows for them to be cared for more personally and helps the dog to better adapt for when they eventually find their forever home. In the foster home, these dogs will know what it is like to live with people rather than in a kennel where they don’t have the opportunity to improve their socialization or behavioral skills. We know that many people shy away from fostering dogs because they don’t want to become emotionally connected to a dog that won’t be their forever, but the feeling of knowing the dog will be in a home as great as yours is amazing. Also, becoming a foster parent will allow us to rescue more dogs than we have space for now.  

Process Breakdown 

When you become a foster parent, Born Free will provide the monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventive meds as well as all the vet care. The vet care would be with the vet clinics the shelter does business with. The shelter will also provide the dog food. The foster mom/dad will socialize and take care of our dog. They will also coordinate the “meet and greet” with anyone interested in meeting our dog for adoption. This can be done at a local park or at the shelter.    

Once you’ve filled this printable foster application or this online application and visit the shelter, we will review the application and talk to the potential foster at the shelter to see which dog will match their lifestyle. Once they take a dog, we ask for them to follow up with us with many pictures to promote the dogs on social media and send us profile descriptions. 

Please email your foster application to


“I wasn’t sure that I was ready to be a foster mom but one day Maria from Born Free called before a hurricane hit and asked me to foster a small dog.  When I got to the shelter and looked at the other little dog there I couldn’t leave and took both dogs.  My family and I loved both dogs and it was difficult to give them up but one was spoken for already and another really sweet couple wanted the other dog.  We transported another large dog to Jacksonville to meet her new owners and I realized big or small – they are all great.  Recently, I saw a special needs dog (blind) at the shelter who needed fostering and I knew the day I took her home she was going to be ours.  We officially adopted her 2 weeks ago.  Whether you adopt or foster, both are so heartwarming for you and your entire family.  The only thing these dogs want is to be loved and they give so much more back.”   

Debbie Preston, Cookie’s mom.