Foster With Us!

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Every year, our two Animal Services facilities care for over 6,000 animals. With the increasing number of animals and longer stays in shelters, community support is crucial. Even short breaks away from the shelter environment significantly improve the health and well-being of pets!

Who Needs Foster Care the Most?

  • Medium to large adult dogs needing a break and patience.
  • Puppies and kittens, with or without their mother,
    requiring socialization and support during growth.

Why Foster?

By opening your home, you:

  • Provide a nurturing environment for pets to thrive and form bonds.
  • Reduce stress associated with kennel living.
  • Minimize disease risks, ensuring better health.
  • Offer valuable insights into the pet's behavior in a home setting, aiding in finding them the perfect forever home.

What We Provide:

  • Tailored training materials and support catered to your level of experience.
  • Basic care supplies for the species selected (food, leash, harness, litter, carrier, etc.).
  • Medically vetted pets with up-to-date vaccinations.
  • Contacts, emergency resources, and access to a dedicated Foster Facebook page for continuous support.

How to Become a Foster Parent:

1.    Must be at least 18 years old and reside in San Diego County.

2.    Complete the Foster Interest Form.

3.    Submit your application via mail or email to DAS_Placement@sdcounty.ca.gov

4.    Once received, our placement team will email you a copy of the training manual to get you started!

Join us in making a difference in the lives of animals—become a foster parent today!