Since we are a foster home based rescue, foster homes are very important to us!  Foster homes allow our dogs to avoid euthanasia and finally enjoy life, while getting healthy and ready for their furever home!  Ruff Life pays for all vetting and can provide food and a crate if needed.  We ask that you provide a safe, loving, and learning environment for the foster animal and get him/her ready for their furever home, including training (house, crate and obedience) and socialization! 


  • Must be 21+

  • Must be local to Charlotte, NC or Fort Mill, SC areas

  • Submit a foster application, consent to a vet reference, home visit and sign a foster contract

  • Animals must be kept indoors

  • Personal animals must be up to date on distemper/parvo, bordetella and rabies vaccines

  • Personal animals must be spayed/neutered (*unless there is a documented medical reason*)

  • Willingness to work with foster on house training, crate training, leash training, and basic obedience (We have resources available for fosters to take advantage of if needed)

  • Willingness to give medicine, including monthly prevention

  • Ability to bring foster to adoption events - at least 2 required per month, typically Saturdays from 11-3 in the Matthews or Pineville area

  • Ability to coordinate transport of foster to vetting appointments

  • Foster until adoption - unless otherwise stated before taking on a foster dog

  • Willingness to help find a forever home for your foster (including writing bio and picture taking)

Foster Application

If interested in fostering for Ruff Life, please complete the application.  You can download it as a word document below by clicking the blue button and send it completed to  Thank you for your interest in helping save precious lives!  To submit a foster application, click HERE.

For our Foster Q&A's, click HERE.