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Fostering is fun and rewarding!  It also requires a certain amount of time, energy and a big heart.  Fostering is incredibly beneficial and critical to our ability to help as many animals as possible.  


Opportunities to Foster

We often need foster homes for:

  • Pregnant cats and dogs from pregnancy until their offspring are 8 weeks old

  • Young kittens and puppies that need extra attention and protection from disease

  • Special needs pets that are injured, rehabilitating from an injury or disease, or are just in need of special attention

  • Pets waiting for transport to rescue organizations

  • Senior animals that are particularly stressed in the shelter environment

  • Emergencies or large animal seizures or extraordinary intake


While our Staff works hard to make our shelter a clean and healthy environment, fighting illness is an ongoing battle. Fostering, especially young puppies and kittens, is one way to help keep our animals as healthy as possible. In foster homes they are not exposed to the diseases that can so easily enter our shelter with the next incoming animal. 


By fostering you are not only saving the life of your foster pet, but you also help us make room for another animal at the shelter.  


How does Fostering work?

Fostering a pet is quite simple – it begins when you volunteer to care for a homeless pet in your home. You take the pet home from the shelter and provide love, nourishment and proper veterinary care until it finds a forever home or go to rescue.  Foster times vary from a few days to a few months.  We will provide you supplies as needed and pay for approved veterinary care.


To learn more read the Foster Care Handbook and the Senior Foster Care Handbook.


If after reading you’re interested in joining our foster program, please complete the Foster Care Application.  Our Foster Coordinator will be in touch to discuss becoming a foster parent as soon as they can schedule.  Keep in mind our Coordinators are volunteers too and their time is limited.  Please be patient.



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