How does our service work?

The Goochy Project coordinates short term foster placements for animals whose parents need to be temporarily separated from their furry family members. All placements are coordinated through the client's professional service provider - for example, a social worker or case manager. You can request a placement for your pet by asking your service provider to complete our request for service.

Pets are placed in private homes with volunteer foster families. It's the client's responsibility to inform us if your pet has any personality quirks - especially issues with children or other animals - that could impact our ability to select an appropriate foster family. Clients and foster families will be mutually anonymous.

The Goochy Project partners with the Doney Coe Pet Clinic to provide veterinary care during foster placements. Clients should register with Doney before we can place your pet in a foster home - visit their website for details. If not registered with Doney, clients must guarantee the cost of potential veterinary services.

As the client, you will identify a date to reclaim your pet before the animal goes into our care. You are responsible for staying in regular contact and communicating any information that will impact this date. If your situation changes and you wish to reclaim your pet earlier than planned, this may take up to 72 hours to coordinate.

Our goal is to keep pets and owners together. However, if you miss the identified date to reclaim your pet, if we're unable to contact you, or if evidence of significant abuse or neglect is identified, the animal may need to be permanently re-homed.

Please note that it can take time to identify an appropriate foster family. Clients are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Do I qualify for a Placement?

Unfortunately, The Goochy Project cannot serve everyone. If you answer "yes" to all of the following, you qualify to request a foster placement.

    1. Are you currently homeless or accessing public services?

    2. Is your animal a dog or a cat? (Other animals may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.)

    3. Are you in need of foster placement for less than 90 days?

    4. Is your pet registered as a client of the Doney Coe Pet Clinic, or are you willing and able to cover the cost of any potential veterinary emergencies?

    5. Is your pet spayed or neutered, or are you willing to have the animal spayed or neutered prior to your foster placement?

    6. Do you have proof of up-to-date vaccinations for your animal, or are you willing to have your animal vaccinated prior to your foster placement?

    7. Are you seeking a foster placement for one of the following reasons:

          • Legal issues (e.g. turning yourself in on a warrant)

          • Inpatient treatment for mental health

          • Inpatient chemical dependency treatment

          • Inpatient medical treatment

how to Request a foster placement

To request a foster placement, please do the following:

  1. Complete our request for service

  2. Fill out and sign the owner's waiver of liability and return to us via email at