I'm interested to hear about your experiences with fostering dogs. Eventually, I am interested in adopting a dog, but the shelter here is awesome about letting vet students foster and I thought it might be a nice way to see how a dog would fit in with my lifestyle and whether or not the dog was right for me. I could also make sure the dog gets along ok with pets at my parents' home so that when I visit for holidays, everyone will be ok with each other. The shelter will pay for food, vet care, and just about everything else while you foster. I have to contact them and ask how long fosters usually stay at foster homes and if there are any stipulations. I'm thinking about volunteering to photograph the animals at this shelter (looks like they just use point and shoot pictures which aren't always the most flattering!) and that way I could get to know the animals better. A lot of my classmates and upper classmen have dogs. I've been talking a lot with them and they seem to manage ok. After this first block (anatomy) ends around Halloween, the rest of the class schedules are quite lax and I live only about two minutes from the school and could easily run home during lunch breaks if I have a long day. The thing I really need to think about is emergency funds (or pet insurance) and during fourth year we have some long days while in clinics. Most people either ask room mates to let the dogs out on these days or they hire undergrads from the vet program to let the dog out and feed each day for the week of long hours. These are the reasons I'm not rushing into adopting because I really want to make the right decision since it will really affect my life. It would be really nice to have a companion to walk and hike with, and something to get my mind off studying for a while. There are many amazing dog parks near my apartment, and an awesome trail around the corner. As far as shots go, most of them I can get through the school very cheap and do myself, but they also have vaccination clinics as fundraisers for different clubs. I will not get involved with fostering for at least a month, but thought it may be helpful to hear others' experiences. Currently, one of my room mates has an FIV+ cat and she has been thinking about adopting a second to keep him company. I would rather her not adopt a second cat because sometimes she is not that great about cleaning up after the one she has. My mom suggested asking her if she would mind me fostering a dog instead of getting a second cat, and then I could take my time finding a foster. I think a calm dog would be a good companion for the cat, and probably less stressful for him (he is used to dogs) because the dog would not be in his space like a second cat would.