Puppy Fostering Responsibilities for Volunteers
The following was written to help newer fosters understand what is
expected of them. We hope to provide the necessary details regarding
puppy fostering. If there are any more or comments or suggestions we
would love to hear from you. We are always open to doing things
better and keeping everything as simple as possible. Please feel
free to call anytime, especially if the health of a pup is in
Lake Haven volunteers must be 18 years of age or older or accompanied by an
adult volunteer. You must be comfortable
around puppies. Additional training will be provided..
Pups are usually transported to Pet smart for pick up by
All food, medicals, and crates and pens as necessary for
fostering will be provided by Lake Haven.
Puppies must be fed, watered, and sheltered appropriately.
Puppies under 9 weeks should be fed 3 small meals daily. Over 9
weeks they usually can get by with 2 X a day.
The foster must watch stools very closely as puppies can
dehydrate very quickly with loose stools.
Notify Cheryl immediately with any problems or suspected
problems during the fostering process. Phone is 231-652-7507 or
If you are fostering puppies they must be brought to the
Grandville Pet Supplies Plus store on the Saturdays by 11:45 AM.
We are usually there the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month but sometimes holidays throw us
off. We will notify you if that changes. It would be nice if you
can stay with your pups at PetSmart so you can give 1st hand
knowledge of the pups to perspective families and get a feel for
where this pup my go. There is nothing better than taking a pup
out of a kill shelter and then through your efforts finding it a
home, it is quite a satisfaction. If you cannot stay then notify
Cheryl that you will not be staying and make arrangements to
pick pups up at end of showing.
We send the pups paperwork with them where they travel,
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING IT WITH YOU TO Pet Supplies Plus on Saturday
along with the pups.
If you can no longer foster in a given time frame, please notify
Cheryl as soon as possible so that another foster may be found.
If you won’t be fostering for a period of time please return
crates and pens and food so that we may send it to another
We hope you will find your foster experience satisfying.
Lake Haven is run by the kindness, hard work and dedication of its nearly
100 volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to earn class credit, add a
skill to your resume, build character and give back to the community. We
are always looking for the right volunteers to perform a variety of tasks.
If you are interested in any of our volunteer opportunities, please fill out
our volunteer form at