When Evan was released by the courts, he was taken in by Twin Cities Pet Rescue and was first fostered by Mandy and Kevin Malecek. He was treated to Popeye's chicken on his way to his new home. After meeting Evan a few times, Heather and Charlie Stephenson stepped up to take over foster duties and brought Evan into their home while the Maleceks were in the process of moving.
Because Evan was very excitable near other dogs, he was, at first, kept apart from the Stephensons' pets, a 6-year-old pit bull named Emmett and a 13-year-old dachshund named Penelope. It was Emmett, however, who ended up teaching Evan how to be around other dogs, according to Stephenson. Evan would watch Emmett and mimic his actions. He was first introduced to Emmett and Penelope while on his leash, then began taking group walks with them and, eventually, was able to be off leash.
Within three months, Evan was able to be integrated into the mix. Additionally, the Maleceks had completed their move and Evan was going to rejoin them. To celebrate these milestones, the Stephensons created a day of "summer camp" for Evan, to give him the perfect send-off. They created letters from "home" that were "written" by Emmett and Penelope, and even gave Evan a "merit badge" for his bravery in learning to be with other dogs. The three pups enjoyed hot dogs and s'mores on their special day. When the Maleceks brought Evan back into their home, he no longer needed to be kept apart from their other dogs.