Fostering is the very foundation of our organization. Without the generous foster families who open their homes to a dog in need, we would not be successful at saving so many dogs      

  We take into account your home environment and schedule when matching you with a foster dog. The rescue provides all the supplies and services required to care for your new temporary family member.

  If you live in or near the Rochester and Buffalo Niagara region please consider fostering. If interested please contact us and fill out our
Foster Application            


  - Thousands of dogs are dumped in shelters worldwide every year. We can't save them all, but the more foster homes we have, the more we can save. You can help us make that happen.

  - Don't want to adopt? When you foster you can help a huge heaping of dogs a year be saved from possible euthanasia and find a new forever home!

  - All you need to do is provide a loving warm home and environment with lots of affection for them. BDBH's provides all veterinary care, donated food when available, and all the advice we can give you to help you with your fosters.

  - Meet and greets provide a great way to meet families looking to adopt and great socialization for your foster dogs!!

General questions please email:

With the love and care of a dedicated foster home.  You can make a difference

[by Jim Willis, Author]
Our paths will cross for only a short time, but while you are in my care I will be devoted to you.  If memories of your former life are painful, I will help erase them.  No longer will you hunger and I will help to heal your wounds. If your former life was good, I will promise you an even better future.
One day our time together will come to an end and you will go off to your new home, healthy, happy and healed. As a parting gift, I will give you a piece of my heart to remember me by.  I may shed a tear . . . not for my loss, but for your gain.
Perhaps our paths may cross again for a fleeting instant and I will be comforted by the aura of love that surrounds you.  There will always be a bond between us, though we walk separate paths through this life.
After we reach our heavenly reward our paths may cross again.  You may try to return the piece of my heart with thanks for all that I did for you.  I will tell you to keep it and thank you for showing me that I could be better than I thought I could be, and that I learned in giving came the greatest gifts.
The pieces of our hearts are like grains of sand. They are pulled along a current beyond our control until they come together and form a safe haven.
I, like you, came to understand what it meant to be saved. 

Copyright Jim Willis, All Rights Reserved (used with permission on this site). See Jim's site for more of his writings including "How Could You?", "The Animals' Savior," "The Basset Chronicles" and other favorites, and information about his book, Pieces of My Heart - Writings Inspired by Animals and Nature. "How Could You?" can be downloaded directly from there and everyone is encourage to distribute it, with the proper copyright, of course.

Below are the most common reasons why a dog ends up with a rescue organization

The owners don’t have time for the dog.

The owners find that they can’t afford either basic vet care or the expense involved in treating an illness or injury.

The owner dies or goes into a nursing home.

The owners divorce and neither party can keep the dog.

A young couple has a child and no longer has time for the dog, or the dog no longer fits into their “lifestyle.”

The owner is moving to an apartment building that doesn’t allow dogs.

Why Adopt Instead of Purchasing a Pet?

Approximately 4 million adoptable dogs & cats are killed each year due mainly to overpopulation?  25-30% of dogs for adoption in animal shelters are purebred? The other 70-75%, are wonderful mixed-breed pets, All are just waiting for a chance to be your new friend.

Did you know that many (not all) backyard dog breeders, puppy farms and pet stores who supply the majority of purebreds simply are selling inbred pets without care for preventing genetic problems? Mixed breed pets have less inbreeding, generally less inherited genetic disease, and therefore overall lower vet bills and happier pets!

If you have your heart set on a specific breed, before you visit a dog breeder or pet store, why not adopt a pet from a rescue organization?  Breed rescues are groups that specialize in a particular breed of dog or cat.

Don't be fooled into thinking that animal shelters and pet rescues are filled with dogs or cats that were discarded because they're "bad". Rescue pets for adoption are wonderful companions who became the victims of family tragedy, unlucky circumstances or irresponsible owners