The foster program is designed so the refuge can better understand what a particular dog is like in a home environment, or for dogs needing extra care to be given special attention by loving foster owners.
Paul, who has been fostering Shadow for two months, said she was particularly stressed and scared in the refuge environment and had lost a significant amount of weight, but had since flourished in foster care.
�Shadow is a great house guest who didn�t take long to settle in and is extremely affectionate; she�s a big softy at heart and we have lots of fun,� he said.
�I was concerned about her initially because she was quite nervous, but the difference between when she first arrived and now is amazing.
�She really is a joy to have around the house because she�s such a gentle-hearted, well-mannered dog.
�I would love to see her adopted by a new family who could offer her a stable home life and give her lots of love.�
Shadow is one of more than 100 young dogs at the shelter looking for a new home.
President Karen Rhodes said foster carers gave the home valuable feedback about the dogs for which they cared.
�Thanks to Paul, we now know what Shadow is like in a home environment, which is really helpful for new owners,� she said.
�Our shelter relies on the support of the community and this is one way animal lovers can help the many abandoned dogs in our care.�
Anyone interested in adopting Shadow, or learning more about her, can contact 9381 8166 or visit www.dogshome.org.au.