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Foster Guidelines



Between the rescue and the forever home exists one of the most important parts of the abandoned animal's future, the foster home.  Fostering is a very important aspect of the work we do at LSAR.  It can literally make the difference between placing the rescued animal in their forever home or not.  

Why?? Simple, most animals do best in a nurturing home environment.  Many animals become stressed in runs or kennels for long periods of time. They do better when they are placed in a foster home where they receive companionship, reassurance, activity, basic training and most important, lots of love. They can more easily be evaluated and the foster parent will help in determining just what home will be best for them in the adoption process.

Fostering can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have. Whether you love cats or dogs, puppies or kittens, you are building the bridge to their new home. It could be a senior dog, who has lost its owner, and needs some extra kindness while they adjust to this unknown change. It could be a puppy, who will form its first socialization with people, kids, and other animals through you.  It could be a cat, who just needs a quiet place as it learns to trust again.  And on top of the rewards, fostering really is a lot of fun.

So would you like to know a little more about becoming a foster home for LSAR?  Here are the guidelines for fostering. Please take a look and see if this is something you (and your family) would be interested in doing. We really need your help! 


Before being placed in a foster home, every animal is assessed for health problems, temperament, and is spayed/neutered (if old enough).  Because LSAR is under time constraints to save these animals, it is possible that certain health or temperament issues will not be apparent at the time of the initial assessment.  This is where the foster person's input is crucial to the life of the animal, as well as determining the type of home it will need. If at any time you do not feel comfortable with the animal you are fostering or if you have questions, please contact us immediately.

  1. LSAR will furnish collars, leashes, grooming supplies, medicines, cat litter, litter boxes, etc. for all animals in our program while in foster care. We can furnish food, or you can keep receipts and be reimbursed for food.
  2. We believe in crate training for all dogs, it helps with house-training, keeps the dog out of mischief when left alone, and gives the animal a sense of security, actually the list of "positives "is endless. We do have crates and kennels that foster homes can use while fostering a dog in our program. Please ask if you need one and/or if you need assistant crate training a dog. Foster animals, especially dogs, should be contained when you are not there to supervise them. Any dog can be destructive to your house, thinking those new shoes or your sofa make great chew toys, that digging in the yard is a really fun pastime, and escaping from a fenced yard a new trick. Again a crate or kennel can help keep the foster dog and your home/belongings safe.  LSAR is not liable for loss or damages.      
  3. Advertising animals for adoption is the sole responsibility of LSAR, foster homes can not advertise an animal on Craig's List, in the paper, etc. The exception is your own Facebook page but only with approval from your LSAR sponsor and/or one of the contact people listed below. LSAR will set the adoption fee for each animal.
  4. Many of our rescues are strays, some have had little training, so any basic obedience training a foster household can provide will make it just that much easier to place the dog in a forever home. Please ask if you need help in teaching your foster some basic commands. This also applies to house-training!
  5. We strongly recommend that if you have children or animals of your own that the foster animal be kept separate from them for a reasonable amount of time until it is accustomed to its new environment. This also allows you to get to know the animal one on one.  Children should be supervised and not be left alone with any foster animal. Your foster animal should not be left alone with your other pets until you are absolutely certain there are no issues. Remember you are responsible for the safety of your children, other children, adults and animals that enter your home and your own pets/animal on your property.
  6. Accidents and illnesses happen. If your foster animal becomes ill or injured, please isolate and contact your LSAR sponsor or if not available, please refer to the contact list. If the injury or illness is an emergency, and you can move the animal safely, please transport to a veterinary clinic. Let the clinic know that this is an LSAR foster animal. Contact your sponsor or one of the LSAR contacts immediately! (If for any reason, you cannot transport an injured or ill foster animal, please call your sponsor or one of the LSAR members on your contact list immediately.
  7. Foster homes must agree to keep the foster animal safe, not expose them to severe/extreme weather, provide fresh water and food daily, provide a clean and healthy environment for play and sleep, not leave them unattended for excessive amounts of time, nor leave them on a chain or in a crate for excessive amounts of time. Foster homes agree that their LSAR sponsor and/or board members can visit the foster home at any time.
  8. Puppies can never be left alone outside. They are easy targets for other animals, either domestic or wild. Cats and kittens must be kept inside at all times. If you are fostering a very small adult dog, please take care to ensure they are supervised whenever they are outside. Again they can be an easy target for other animals.
  9. As applications for adopting your foster animal come in to LSAR, they will be forwarded to you for review. Each foster person assists in determining who will be the best owner for their foster animal. You are responsible for contacting the potential adoptees, asking questions, relating information about the animal to the prospective new home, even setting up a "meet and greet" that can include meeting any other animals in the home. Your sponsor or another LSAR board member will oversee and complete the adoption for your first foster animal. They will explain all the necessary paperwork, go over any questions you have and make sure you thoroughly understand the process before you complete an adoption on your own. Remember you can always contact your sponsor or another LSAR board member to discuss a potential adoptee, or go over any questions or concerns you might have about the adoption process.
  10. LSAR wants your foster experience to be an enjoyable one for you and the animal. The majority of people who foster for LSAR have had many truly wonderful fostering experiences and most have fostered for years!  But please understand LSAR cannot guarantee the health, disposition or life span of the animal you foster since in most cases we are uncertain about its background. The foster person needs to be aware that there is a certain amount of risk involved with fostering any animal for LSAR.

Thank you for helping us save lives   

Life Savers Animal Rescue

P. O. Box 643, Polson, MT 59860


Foster/Volunteer Application


If you are interested in fostering dogs or cats, or in volunteer opportunities, please print and complete the form below and mail to LSAR, P O Box 643, Polson, MT 59860.    Thank you!


Name: _________________________________________________________________


Address: _______________________________________________________________


Your email address: ______________________________________________________


Day Phone: __________   Evening Phone: _________   Cell Phone: ___________


Do you work - Full time ______   Part time ________   Retired _________


Where would your foster animal stay: ________________________________________


Do you have a fenced yard?  Yes: _____ No: _____ If yes, how high? ___________


Do you have any other pets?  Yes: _____ No: _____


If yes, describe them: ______________________________________________________




Are their shots current?  Yes: _____ No: _____


Are they spayed/neutered?  Yes: _____ No: _____


Do you have children?  Yes: _____ No: _____ If yes, what are their ages? ____________


How much time will this animal spend alone? __________________________________


May we visit your home?  Yes: _____ No: _____


Do you plan to foster on a long term, in-home basis, or on an emergency, short-term basis? __________________________________________________________________


For general questions, please email:  If you have a true emergency with your foster animal, please call your sponsor directly.

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Contact Us


Please note that LSAR does not have a building. All pets are in volunteer foster homes; please check individual listings for contact information. If you are interested in helping us save lives by becoming a foster volunteer, please contact us at (406) 676-4200 ; lsar@lsar

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Who We Are

Life Savers Animal Rescue (LSAR) consists of a dedicated and caring group of individuals working to rescue animals.  Our goal is to enrich the lives of the animals and the people who adopt them. 

To compassionately shelter lost, abandoned and surrendered pets and rehome those animals into a caring environment, thereby enriching lives through adoption. 

  • To build animal-friendly communities by encouraging respect and compassion for all animals.
  • To promote kindness to animals through education and by example.
  • To advocate responsible pet ownership.
  • To educate the public on the merits of Trap/Neuter/Return of feral cats.
  • To support spay/neuter of domestic pets, thereby reducing pet over-population.
  • To assist in finding responsible caretakers for homeless pets.
  • To work to eliminate the need to ever kill homeless pets.
  • To develop a network of supporters and volunteers who endorse our Mission and support our goals.
  • To work in alliance with local animal shelters, rescue groups, pounds, and humane society organizations to ensure these forgotten animals are taken care of.

If LSAR does not have the "lifetime buddy" you are looking for, we will help you find it. We also urge you to contact local shelters, rescue groups and animal control facilities in your area.


Because we want to ensure all of our animals are placed in environments where they can thrive for the balance of their lives, we reserve the right to screen our prospective adoptive owners and to terminate the adoption process at any point. In order to affect a successful and problem-free placement, our adoption process takes into account the temperament, age and condition of the animal and the environment it will be placed in. Family members' ages and long-term expectations of the prospective home will also be considered. We have only the best interests of the animals and the new pet owners at heart and we seek to avoid misplacements which will end in heartache for everyone. We appreciate your understanding in the event we feel you and a chosen animal are not the right match.

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Consider donating to LSAR


As a group, we collectively use the following:
1. Canidae dog food - all stages and all flavors
2. Blue Buffalo Adult and Puppy food
3. Dr. Elsey's cat litter
4. Blue Buffalo adult chicken cat food (dry)
5. Fancy Feast canned cat food.
6. Puppy Potty Pads

We use Patented Kuranda Dog Beds because they are durable, chew proof and easy to clean. Kuranda makes beds for dogs and cats; either would be put to good use. If you would like to donate a bed to us, click here..

If you wish to make a donation in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special event, we will be pleased to send a card to the recipient of your choice. Please include their name and address.

If you wish to donate items, rather than cash, check "our needs" page or contact us to see if we have an immediate need for items that might not be listed.

If you would like to sponsor a pet (spay, neuter or adoption donation), we will apply your donation as directed and (if you wish) credit you on the website.

We are a private, publicly supported 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
All members of LSAR are volunteers and do not receive any financial compensation for their tireless efforts. All donations made to LSAR go directly to the care of the animals in our program.

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Our Needs

Foster Homes: Of course foster homes are what we need more than anything else. We can only help as many animals as we can house and without a "facility" we're limited.  We rely on our foster homes to provide loving in-home care to the animals while we provide all the necessary supplies including food, toys, litterboxes, medication, etc.  Getting to know the animals and helping find the right forever home for them is one of the most rewarding things about rescue.

Food and Cat Litter: Costco brand dog and cat food is always needed; foster volunteers may use different brands of food and/or litter, so don't hesitate to check with us first. 

We always need printer cartridges. We print all of our photos ourselves to place on the posters around town for everyone to see. Printer cartridges needed are: Brother LC20E black and color.

Misc., A Few Other Things Needed: Dog and puppy food; Cat and kitten food, dry and canned; Cat scratching post; Cat climber; Pet crates (carriers), any size; Live Animal traps, cat and kitten size

Money:  We will never turn down a donation of cash.  Without that our spay/neuter assistance program would not be able to help low-income pet owners in Lake County.  Donations can be mailed to:  LSAR, P. O. Box 643, Polson, MT 59860. 

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Please note that LSAR does not have a building. All pets are in volunteer foster homes; please check individual listings for contact information.

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