Foster Director

The DC SIR Foster Director will be the main supporting point of contact for the foster program. The DC SIR Foster Director will be responsible for training new fosters, addressing any concerns and needs during the fostering process, working with the Rescue Intake Director on new incoming rescue dogs, working with the Adoption Director to disclose any medical/behavior specifics of the dogs and working with the Media Director to articulate accurate descriptions of each foster dog for Media updates.  The Foster Director will work closely with the President for quarterly training sessions for fosters at locations in the DC Metro area. Whenever possible, the Foster Director should attend monthly adoption events and Expos to articulate our Foster Program and promote applications.

The DC SIR Foster Director will be responsible for the recruiting, onboarding and training of new fosters. This process will include (but is not limited to): sending out required reading material to new fosters, acquire signage documents for DC SIR records, and interview foster applicants to ensure they meet and will adhere to DC SIR Foster Program policies.


  • Must be able to articulate DC SIR’s Mission statement to the community
  • Must be familiar with DC SIR’s policies and beliefs
  • Must be familiar with DC SIR’s foster process
  • Must be able to manage all active fosters
  • Must be able to maintain basic spreadsheet of fosters or manage an admin to do this
  • Must have integrity and professionalism
  • Weekly check-in calls with active fosters


  • Must live in the DC Metro area
  • Must be willing to attend some adoption events
  • Must have exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Must have passion for learning and educating
  • Must enjoy speaking to people and articulating DC SIR’s mission and goals.
  • Must have access to email/internet throughout the day and be able to respond in a timely manner
  • Required: Raw Feeding/force-free training/optimal environment
  • Willing to attend some local adoption events
  • Ability to meet with fosters and their dog when needed
  • Must be passionate about rescue, and love Shiba Inus/primitive breed dogs!

Average Time Commitment:  1 – 5 hours per week*
*This will greatly depend on the number of dogs coming into rescue and more time may be needed during quarterly training sessions.

Apply for this position by filling in the volunteer application then submit via email to and Questions about the program? Check out our foster page for more information. 

DC SIR is a non-profit, volunteer-run network of foster homes in the Washington, DC area.

DC SIR does not have a shelter facility. To meet our adoptable dogs, interested adopters can attend one of our monthly adoption events.