Foster Supplies

Purchasing Supplies

Some rescues will provide some, if not all, of the necessary supplies for your foster animal. If you or the organization you’re fostering for does not have the financial means to provide supplies, Take a Pet may be able to help. As we continue developing relationships with retail pet suppliers and generous donors, we will begin to have the means to provide our fosters with everything they need to care for their pet, thereby eliminating the financial burden completely for the shelters and foster families.

Purchases made for foster animals are often considered donations and may be tax-deductible. Keep your receipts. You may be asked to bring your receipts into the Foster Department who will complete a donation form for your tax purposes.

Discounted food for Foster Volunteers may also be available through our partners and donors. Please ask our Foster Department for more information!

Required Supplies:

  • Food
  • Collar
  • Pet ID Tag
    We suggest purchasing a few generic ID tags and having “FOSTER PET” engraved on one side, and your city, state and phone number on the other.
  • Leash

Recommended Supplies:

  • Crate/Kennel
  • Dog Bed
  • Baby Gate
  • Harness
  • Soft, non-ravel blankets/towels
  • Newspaper
  • Ceramic/weighted bowls
  • Stain/odor remover
  • Toys
  • Brushes
  • Nail clippers
  • Heating pad
  • Rectal thermometer
  • K-Y Jelly®/Petroleum Jelly
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton balls, facial tissue or toilet tissue for infants
  • Scale for weighing
  • Water mister bottle
  • Noisemaker
  • Notebook
  • Pill applicator
  • Humidifier
  • Rehydrating/electrolyte replacement fluids (Normosol-R®, Pedialyte® )
  • Special formulas or diet foods when necessary.
  • Growth formula if animal is younger than a year or a nursing mother


Avoid or alter toys that are not “dog proof.” Remove: ribbons, strings, eyes or other parts that could be chewed and/or ingested.

Check toy labels for child safety; a stuffed toy that is labeled “safe for children under 3 years old” cannot contain dangerous fillings. Problem fillings include nutshells and polystyrene beads. However, even “safe” stuffing is not digestible.

AVOID tug-of-war toys, unless they will be used between dogs–not between people and dogs.