The Foster Program
The animals in our care could benefit from the warmth, care, handling and exercise of a home environment. You can be the bridge between homeless and home!
- A home environment allows all animals an opportunity to thrive and be socialized so they can succeed in their forever home.
- Some animals will need to gain weight so they can be spayed or neutered before they are adopted.
What can I expect as a foster parent?
- When you pick up your Foster Pet you will be given training materials, food and other supplies.
- You will keep the
Foster Pet until a forever home is found and/or the animal is old
enough to come back to the shelter.
- You will receive training on feeding and socializing your new Foster Pet.
- Dry and canned food and other materials will be given to you.
- A list of phone numbers and other resources will be in your supplies in case you have questions.
How do I keep them healthy?
- Keep water available at all times.
- Allow some rest time for the Foster Pets.
- Have a safe place to turn them loose such as a spare room or bathroom.
- Handle the Foster Pets so they become healthy, well-adjusted pets.
- If one of the Foster Pets becomes sick or injured, call us right away. The number is in your materials. Please don’t take the Foster Pet to a private veterinarian or you will be responsible for the cost.
How do I become a foster parent?
- You must be at least 18-years-old.
Complete this application »
- Mail it to the County Animal Shelter you want to work with.
- If your application is approved, you will be placed on the Foster list.
If I want to adopt the Foster Pet I fostered, how can I do that?
- Remember, the animals belong to County Animal Services until adopted.
- Return the Foster Pet to the shelter for altering.
- Pay the adoption fee.
- Take home your new Family Member when they are ready!
There may be rare times, due to unforeseen circumstances that the foster parent will be notified they must return their Foster Pet back to the shelter immediately. Failure to do so will result in the foster parent losing the right to care for any other foster animals.