How to Apply to be a Foster Carer:

Thank you for your interest in fostering for us! Foster carers save lives. Without reliable foster carers we cannot take in any dogs. We are very grateful to each and every one of our foster carers for allowing these dogs into their hearts and homes. Our foster carers are a very valued part of the NZCR family!

Although we are based in Christchurch, we are looking for foster carers from all over New Zealand to add to our database of foster carers.

To be considered to become a foster carer, please download and fill out the appropriate application form below and forward to our email with any supporting information and photos of your property. Failure to attach required consents and photos will result in a delayed or rejected application so please ensure you have filled out all of the required info. 

Our foster application form and foster manual should be reviewed prior to you submitting your application as we will expect that you have read our terms and are able to adhere to these. Please read both documents carefully for an overview of your obligations as a foster carer and ensure you are able to commit to becoming a carer. It requires passion and commitment and involves more than just housing a dog until adoption! 

We rely heavily on reliable and passionate foster carers to enable us to take in those dogs who need to be rescued or rehomed. If approved, you will be added to our database of foster carers and closed Facebook Group. We advertise dogs requiring care here, from time to time. 

Let us know anything else you require to foster

We are able to provide our foster carers with dog food, crates, beds and bedding, leashes, harnesses and anything else required. Please note down anything you need in order to foster, on your foster application form. Please note: these items (aside from bedding) do not go with the dogs once they are adopted. 

Please note: These items are to be returned to NZCR, or retained for use on the next foster dog. They do not go to Adopters. Items such as: Beds, bedding, vet books and Council tags are the only items to be passed on to Adopters.

Foster Carers need to be willing and able to provide the following:

  • A healthy and safe environment for the foster dog.
  • Transportation to and from vet appointments.
  • Socialization, training and handling.
  • Enough free time required to successfully foster a dog. Sorry no full time workers please! Part time workers, those who are retired, or work from home are welcome to apply.
  • Be able to make the commitment to being a foster parent.
  • Meet with potential Adopters in order to introduce the dog.
  • Ensure you have the appropriate Council licensing, your own pet dogs must be de-sexed and vaccinated up to date. As we often recieve in dogs who require de-sexing and vaccinating.

Please carefully consider whether you are seriously able to commit to becoming a foster carer, prior to submitting your application. Fostering a dog is more than simply providing a roof over it's head. It involves a lot of time, patience and training. It is a considerable commitment to make!

What about if I want to adopt a dog?

We do not offer foster to adopt "trials". Please see our adoption tab for more information on that process and application form, if you are looking to add a dog to your family permanently. We offer one month trials on all adoptions. Foster forms are for those strictly looking to foster.

A message from one of our Foster Carers:


“I haven't been a foster mum for very long. After losing my elderly fox terriers over the last two years, I decided I just could not replace either of them. A friend of mine drew my attention to the rescue and I decided to apply to foster. I got my first call not too long after to take in a wee chap who needed care.  I am now totally smitten with him.  What a fantastic experience it is to take a rescue dog into your home and offer them love and stability, and in return you get to watch them blossom. NZCR is very supportive and in contact with me regularly. I can see myself continuing with this, it's opened a whole new experience for me. Thank you to the Team at NZ Chihuahua Rescue for introducing me to Mr Darcy.”

- Lisa, Foster Carer for NZ Chihuahua Rescue