Foster Application

Please copy and paste the application below into an email or document, to complete and return to us.  We recommend you keep a copy with your responses for your records.  Once you have submitted your application, you will get an email confirming that it has been received. These emails are usually sent within 72 hours, but at times may be slower when application volumes are high, or during busier times in rescue.  Your patience is appreciated!.  If you have any questions about the application, or have not received a confirmation in a timely manner, please email the Managing Director.

CSIR Hearder


If you have adopted from us, fostered for us, or submitted an application in the past, please contact us at  It may not be necessary for you to complete this application again.

If you are ultimately looking to adopt, but want to try fostering first, please complete the adoption application instead.

General Information

Today’s Date:

Street Address:
City, State, Zip:
Cell Phone:
Work Phone:
Home Phone:
Email address:

Are you 21 years of age or older?

Foster Preferences

1. What sparked your interest in fostering a Shiba Inu?

2. Are you ultimately looking to adopt a Shiba Inu? If so, what timeframe did you have in mind

3. What type of dog are you looking for?   (Mark all that apply)

  • Couch potato
  • Companion
  • Lap dog
  • Fetch/tug/play partner
  • Hiking buddy
  • Jogging pal
  • Guard/watch dog
  • Other (explain)

4. What type of energy level are you looking for in a dog?

  • Quiet/Easy going
  • Moderate Activity
  • High Energy
  • Any activity level is fine

5. Do you have an age preference? (Mark all that apply)

  • Young Puppy—8 weeks to 6 months
  • Adolescent Puppy—7 months to 1 year
  • Young Adult—1 year to 3 years
  • Older Adult—4 years to 6 years
  • Senior-7 years or older
  • Whatever the rescue feels is the best fit for my situation

6. Do you have a preference between males or females? If so, please explain.

7. COSIR often rescues Shibas that are aging, or have special medical needs such as, but not limited to, glaucoma, cataracts, arthritis, luxating patella, and/or incontinence.  Would you be open to fostering a dog with special needs?

  • If yes, are you willing to make trips to the vet as needed? (COSIR pays all vet bills)
  • If yes, are you willing to administer all necessary medications and therapies?

8. COSIR often rescues Shibas from puppy mills that are extremely shy/fearful and typically require a lengthy stay in their foster home in order to rehabilitate and help them learn to become a family dog.  Are you open to fostering a shy/fearful mill dog?(Having another well socialized dog in the home is required for this)

Family Information

1. Please list everyone that currently resides in your household, and their relationship to you.  For children, please indicate their age:

2. Do you have children visiting the home regularly (i.e. grandchildren, nieces/nephews)? If so, what ages?

3. Do you or your anyone living with you have allergies to pets?

Animal Background

1. Please list any pets (dogs, cats, etc.) currently living with you.  Include their age and breed:

2. If you currently have dogs, are they spayed/neutered?

3. Describe the personalities of your current dogs/cats.

4. If your dog is an only dog, have they lived with other dogs before?

5. If you do not presently have dogs, have you had dogs in the past? If so, what breeds?

6. Have you ever had to re-home a pet and why?

7. What kind of food are you currently feeding your dog(s)?

Your Environment/Lifestyle

1. Please indicate which type of home you currently live in. Please note: If you rent, we will need to have a signed agreement from your landlord stating that you are able to foster a dog.

  • House
  • Apartment/Condo
  • Townhouse
  • Other (explain):

2. Do you have a fenced yard?

If yes, please answer the following:

  • What type of fencing?
  • What is the fence height?
  • Is the yard completely enclosed with fencing?
  • Is your yard attached to the house with an opening directly from the yard to the  house?
  • Do you have a doggy door? Does it lock?
  • Do you have utility meters in your backyard? If so, does a utility person freely enter the yard to read the meters?

3. What is the longest your dog would be left home alone?

4. What is the average time your dog would be left home alone?

5. Do you travel frequently for your job or personal?

  • If so, how often?
  • What do you do with your current pets when you travel?

6. COSIR requires their dogs to be crated whenever their foster family is not home, and at bedtime.  (COSIR will provide the crate if needed.)  Are you willing to follow COSIR’s rules regarding crating?

  • Have you used a crate before?
  • Are you open to crate training, or do you prefer a dog that is already crate trained?
  • Where would the crate be located in your home?

7. COSIR requires their dogs wear a harness whenever they leave the house/yard for a walk, car ride, trip to the dog park, etc.  Are you willing to follow COSIR’s rules regarding harnessing?

8. How much exercise do you plan to give your foster dog on a typical work day? (Mark all that apply)

  • No additional exercise, they have a backyard
  • Tug, fetch, play
  • Daily walks (How many? How long?)
  • Running/Jogging (How often and how far?)
  • Hikes (How long?)
  • Other (Explain)

9. How much exercise do you plan to give your foster dog on your days off? (Mark all that apply)

  • No additional exercise, they have a backyard
  • Tug, fetch, play
  • Daily walks (How many? How long?)
  • Running/Jogging (How often? How far?)
  • Hikes (How long?)
  • Other (Explain)

Training background

1. Please mark any/all behavior issues you’ve had to work with in the past and describe how you resolved each of them.

  • Potty Training –
  • Crate Training –
  • Leash Pulling –
  • Jumping on people/furniture –
  • Separation anxiety –
  • Dog reactivity and/or aggression –
  • Excessive barking –
  • People reactivity and/or aggression –
  • Excessive digging –
  • Food/toy possessiveness/aggression –
  • Excessive chewing –
  • Fearfulness of strangers/environment –
  • Other (explain) –

2. Which types of training methods you would use with your foster dog? (Mark all that apply)

  • Treats –
  • Clicker Training –
  • Choke Chains –
  • Scruff Shaking –
  • Praise –
  • Crate Training –
  • Pinch/Prong Collars –
  • Muzzling –
  • Play –
  • Leash Corrections –
  • Shock Collars –
  • Alpha Rolling –
  • Other (explain) –

3. Have you ever take any professional obedience courses with your current/previous dogs? If so, can you describe?

4. Are you willing to follow COSIR’s training guidelines and recommendations regarding training and behavioral issues with your foster dog?

5. It is part of a foster family’s job to help prepare their foster dog for success in their forever home.  In some cases, that means some work on training.  What level of training are you willing to work on with your foster? (Mark all that apply)

  • I’d prefer a dog that is already well trained and needs no additional work
  • I am willing to work on reinforcing basic commands, manners, obedience for a dog that already has some of these skills, but needs additional work
  • I am willing to work on basic commands, manners, obedience with a dog that has had no previous training and is starting from scratch

6. Please indicate which behavior issues you would be uncomfortable working with?

  • Pottying in the house –
  • Excessive barking/howling –
  • Excessive chewing –
  • Excessive digging –
  • Dog reactivity/aggression on leash –
  • Dog reactivity/aggression off leash –
  • Bolting/running away –
  • Food/toy aggression –
  • People reactivity/aggression –
  • Cannot be around children –
  • Fearful of sounds –
  • Fearful of new or specific environments –
  • Fearful/shy of strangers –
  • Other (please explain) –
  • None, I am willing to work with any issues that may arise –

7. If your foster dog begins to exhibit any type of behavioral issues that we were not already aware of, what are you most likely to do?

Shiba Inu Knowledge

1. Are you aware that Shiba Inus are “cat-like” in that they are very independent and aloof?

2. Are you aware that Shiba Inus are difficult to train and not recommended for first-time dog owners?

3. Are you aware that Shiba Inus, although relatively quiet, have what is called the “Shiba Scream” when they are either upset or excited?

4. Are you aware that Shiba Inus “blow” their coat off in heavy chunks as the seasons change (about 2-4 times a year) and will either need to be brushed regularly during this time or taken to a professional groomer?

5. Are you aware that Shiba Inus are bolters and runners and must NEVER BE OFF LEASH unless in a securely fenced area?

6. List any/all source(s) of information you have used to research the Shiba Inu breed:


Please provide any pet related references that are applicable to you.  If you have never had a pet before, please provide a personal reference:

1. I have adopted from, or fostered for, the following rescue/shelter:

Rescue/shelter name:

Rescue/shelter phone:

2. I currently use, or in the past have used the following vet clinic:

Vet name:

Vet phone:

3. I currently use, or have in the past used the following groomer:

Groomer name:

Groomer phone:

4. I have never had a pet before, but want to provide a personal reference:



Relationship to you:

Additional Information and/or Questions

Please use this space to provide us with any additional information you want us to know when considering your application. You can also use it to ask any questions you might have about Shiba Inus, the foster program, or our rescue.

Submitting Your Application

Please send a completed copy of this application to:

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