Get Involved

As an organization that operates completely on volunteers, Must Love Dogs NW has several ways you can help out….


We are always in need of friendly faces to join our pack and help us represent our cause at local outreach and adoption events or assist with fundraisers.


Help find the perfect home for a pup!  Adoption Counselors process adoption applications, respond to general inquiries from the public regarding adoptable dogs and provide information regarding the events and services provided by Must Love Dogs NW.

Adoption Counselor

Fostering a dog in need…what could be more rewarding than that!

Our Must Love Dogs NW Foster Program is greatly in need of big hearted folks to provide short-term (and sometimes longer term) in-home care for needy dogs until they are adopted. Please help us save more lives by becoming a foster parent!


Have you been considering fostering but aren’t quite sure what it’s all about? Have a few questions that need answers?

  • Q: What is a pet foster parent and what do they do?

    A: A foster parent provides temporary, in-home care for puppies and dogs who are in need of a forever home. Foster homes make it possible for us to rescue homeless dogs from a variety of situations by providing these animals with temporary care and shelter until they find their forever homes. Foster homes provide foster animals with plenty of love, adequate food and water, shelter from the elements, exercise…..and did we mention Love?

  • Q: Why are pet foster parents needed?

    A: We can only rescue as many dogs as we have foster homes for…Not only do foster parents help us maximize the number of animals rescued, they also allow us to care for dogs who may struggle in a shelter environment, animals recovering from or in need of surgery or other medical care, or dogs needing one-on-one socialization or behavior rehabilitation.

  • Q: Who should foster?

    A: Someone who:

    • cannot, at the moment, adopt a pet for his or her entire lifetime but still wants to help.
    • loves pets and has some room to welcome them while they wait for adoptive homes.

  • Q: What does it cost?

    A: All pre-arranged veterinary costs are paid by MLDNW. We can also provide food, crates, leashes, collars, training tools, etc.  as needed…. But of course, any financial donations that the foster home can make towards fostering are also greatly appreciated (and tax deductible!)

  • Q: I already have a dog and a cat. Can I still foster?

    A: Yes! Before you bring a foster dog home, you may wish to ask your veterinarian if your pets need any additional vaccinations. Some foster families delegate a spare room for their foster dog so that their own pet isn’t stressed by repeated new animals in their territory. Some foster families live with pets that enjoy the company of the foster dogs, and they give the foster free run of the house. Either way, we will always do a meet & greet to insure that everyone will get along.

  • Q: Can I adopt the animal I foster?

    A: Yes. Approved foster parents are eligible to adopt the animal they foster.