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Thank you for your interest in fostering a dog for Soldier’s Best Friend. Our foster program helps Soldier's Best Friend find the right dog for the right veteran.

Soldier’s Best Friend (SBF) evaluates dogs from local shelters and rescue groups, and carefully selects those that exhibit potential to be trained and do the work of a trained PTSD service dog. Each dog meets specific criteria, most often with a particular veteran in mind. However, it is nearly impossible to see all potential temperament problems in a shelter environment. An Arizona Foster Home is the vital, bridging link for a rescued shelter dog between the dog’s previous existence and its new life with a veteran. By housing a rescued dog for a brief amount of time (usually no more than two to four weeks), the Foster Volunteer helps the Adoptions Coordinator evaluate whether the dog is a suitable candidate for service dog training, helps calm a stressed and anxious dog, and helps train household and public manners.

NOTE: Soldier’s Best Friend is an Arizona-based program. Foster Volunteers must live in Arizona.

Please answer questions as completely as possible. Once completed, we will review your application and contact you for further consideration.

Foster Application
First Name *
Last Name *
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Please select from the dropdown menu the region of the state where you live or closest to where you live.
Preferred Contact Phone
Are you 18 years of age or older?

Please provide household information about where the foster dog will live. 

Please select the home type from the dropdown menu.
Do you own or rent your home?
What type of yard do you have?
Do you have a pool?
Are you willing to bring your foster dog to SBF training classes?
How many hours a day will the dog be left alone at your residence?
Do you have a doggie door?
Where will the dog be housed during the day? (Indoors, yard, crate, etc.)
Where will the dog sleep at night? (Foster's bed, dog bed, crate, etc.)
How will you exercise the dog? (Walk, run, park, socialization, etc.)
Do you currently have pets?
If you answered yes to the above question, please list the other pets in the home. (Include species, breed, age, sex, etc.)
Please list your experience with dogs. Include breeds, behavior patterns, and your involvement with them.
Please provide your veterinarian name and phone number.
How did you hear about SBF?
Please briefly list any additional comments that you feel qualify you to foster a dog for SBF.

Our Impact

  • Graduate Veteran/Dog Teams


  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs


  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2022


  • Training Hours Provided in 2021


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