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Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoptions Inc. 3238 Cherokee Street Kennesaw, GA 30144

501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 

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What is fostering?

Very simply, fostering is opening your heart and home to provide love and care for a rescue dog.

It's rewarding to know you have helped by being be a stepping stone from a dog's old life to his wonderful new life. 

“I’d love to help, but I couldn’t possibly foster a dog, I’d get too attached and wouldn’t want to give it up”

If you are thinking this, you are not alone. We hear it often from families thinking about fostering for the first time.

Yet, when we speak to foster moms and dads who have been fostering for a while they tell us: “I’m so glad I can help by fostering; it’s such a rewarding and positive experience for the whole family”

These families have learned that, yes, it can be a little sad when the dog you have cared for leaves, but that sadness is outweighed by a feeling of happiness that your dog is finally getting that wonderful forever home he truly deserves. YOU made this possible for him by being his stepping stone from his old life to his new life; what a selfless and loving commitment you have made.

So, please don’t allow worrying about letting go stop you from fostering; we know you will be fine and that you will come to realize that fostering is “all about the dog”. You CAN do it!

What types of fostering do you offer?

Regular Fostering - You take a foster dog into your home and provide love and care until the dog is adopted into a forever home. This is the backbone of our fostering program, and we couldn't rescue so many dogs without your foster help! As a foster parent, you are able to give us important information about the dog in your home, details we would not otherwise know; this helps us create a profile for the dog, to share with potential adopters.

Short Break Fostering –This is short term fostering of a shelter dog, to give a dog a break from the shelter for a little while, perhaps a sleepover or a few days.  This is perfect for families who cannot commit to regular fostering, who have long work hours some days of the week but who could foster on other days, or at the holidays. Not only do the dogs enjoy a break, but we learn so much valuable info about a dog in a home, even if only for a day or so.

Temporary Fostering –When a foster family needs to leave town for a little while, rather than bringing their foster dog back into the shelter we place the dog in a temporary foster home. This is a limited time commitment, which appeals to many families.

How would I choose a foster dog?

You probably already have an idea of the type of dog that would do well in your home, maybe a big dog that likes to lounge around, or a small dog that loves to play with other dogs, or perhaps a medium sized dog that likes to go hiking? We have all sorts of dogs with all sorts of personalities and characteristics and we will help you choose a foster dog that will fit well with your home, family, pets and lifestyle. Depending upon what history we have on a dog we may have a lot or a little information to share with you, but we will always do our best to try to make your fostering experience a positive one.

Is fostering expensive?

Not at all, there is no cost to you in fostering.  Mostly Mutts pays all vetting costs, supplies heart-worm preventative, and is happy to supply flea treatments and food. We can lend equipment such as crates and playpens. All you need supply is TLC.

Will I have an easy-going foster dog?

We hope so, but bear in mind that all dogs need some training and will need a little time to adjust to the recent changes in their lives. Being able to give a rescue dog a safe, loving place to stay is great and we certainly do appreciate that commitment; being able to give a dog a place to stay and help that dog become more adoptable by working on training and behaviors is fantastic and we love it when our foster families are able to help in this way!

What if I need some support?

We have a great group of people, including trainers, willing to offer support, answer questions and give advice. You will not feel alone!

Is fostering safe for my pets at home?

We try to place only healthy dogs into foster homes, although occasionally a foster dog may become sick. If your own pets are healthy adults and are up-to-date on their vaccinations, they are unlikely to become ill. Please do check with your own vet for information on this as we want you to feel comfortable about fostering. If you have puppies, sick or immuno-compromised pets at home please let us know before fostering.

How will my foster dog find his forever home?

All dogs that are ready for adoption are listed online and come to our weekly adoption event. A dog ready for adoption is a dog that is spayed/neutered and healthy, and ready to find his or her forever home. Our main adoption event is held every Saturday at the shelter in Kennesaw. Foster families drop off their foster dogs in the morning (11am) and pick them up in the afternoon (4pm), if not adopted.

Do you have puppies?

Yes, we often have puppies needing foster homes and we love it when families can help care for our pups. Puppies may be as young as newborns with a nursing momma dog or orphaned puppies needing bottle-feeding. Young pups in a litter need to stay together until 6-8 weeks old, at which time they can move into foster homes in pairs. Some families enjoy having a litter of very young pups at home, other families prefer to wait until the pups are little older and can be fostered two at a time. If you want to help with puppies of any age we’d love to hear from you!

Do you have dogs with special needs?

Yes, we do sometimes have dogs with special needs. These could be blind or deaf dogs, dogs recovering from surgery or dogs undergoing a heart-worm treatment, for example. It may be that these dogs need a home to relax in and recuperate for a few weeks before being ready to come to adoptions. If you are able to offer TLC to a special needs dog please let us know.

Do you have kittens and cats?

Yes, sometimes.  Mostly we have dogs (after all, we are “Mostly Mutts”) but from time to time we have cats or kittens. If you are able to foster cats or kittens just let us know.

Where do your dogs come from?

Most of our dogs come from local animal control facilities, although we do sometimes take in dogs from families who are no longer able to care for their pets.

Where are you based?

Our shelter is in Kennesaw, our main adoption event is held in Kennesaw, and the vet we primarily work with is in Kennesaw. Our foster families live in many different locations, but we like to know they are able to transport their foster dogs to our adoption events and to our vet offices, when necessary.

I’m ready! What’s next? How do I become a foster home for Mostly Mutts?

Adoption and Fostering are two separate programs at Mostly Mutts. Depending upon whether you wish to adopt or to foster you would submit either an adoption application or a foster application, but not both. If you are not sure about the difference between adopting and fostering, or need help deciding which is right for you, please contact us.


Once these forms have been submitted we will get in touch with you to follow up.

You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application, or stop by and pick one up at our adoption events if you can't fill out the above form. 

Our fostering and adoption applications are identical, this is because foster families do sometimes adopt their foster pets, they become what we affectionately call our “foster failures”.  This is a double-edged sword for Mostly Mutts because a foster family adopting means we know a dog has found a terrific home, but it may also be how we lose a foster home!

Once your application is approved, you will be asked to attend a foster orientation session prior to taking home your first foster dog; also, we need to conduct a brief home visit, per the GA Department of Agriculture regulations. It’s a not a big deal, and nobody is stopping by with white gloves to check for dust.

Is it fulfilling, satisfying and rewarding to be a foster family?

Yes, Yes and Yes!

So please don’t hesitate, contact Mostly Mutts right away and don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity to become part of your local rescue community.

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Our Mission

The mission of Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc. is to work closely with animal control officers and other rescue organizations to reduce the number of animals entering into and being euthanized at local shelters.  Mostly Mutts provides housing, health care, training, physical and emotional care to adoptable animals, while we work toward finding them a loving home.  Mostly Mutts is also involved in the community with education and awareness programs primarily in the Metro Atlanta Area