What Does it Take to Foster?

Foster parents are a critical part of our program! We do not have a physical shelter and rely on foster families to provide a safe and loving home while we search for their forever home!

We do our best to ensure the dog or cat you take in for foster is a good match for your family and home environment. If for any reason the dog or cat isn't working out in your home or you have a dog or cat you can no longer foster, we simply move them to another foster family. You can foster as long as you would like to but are under no obligation to keep them longer than wanted in your home.   

As the foster family, you can be involved as much or as little as you like in determining the best adopter for them. We screen our applicants thoroughly, but the foster family is consulted on potential adopters for their dog or cat, meets the potential adopters, and will have input on whether or not the family is a good match.

Your job as a foster is to provide food, love, and prepare them for life in their forever home. Our adoptable dogs and cats come from a variety of backgrounds and will need time and patience to be comfortable in a home environment. 


There is no cost to foster. All approved veterinary costs are covered by us. We supply the food, toys, bedding, treats, leash and collar with tag, crate (if needed), and any additional supplies to make them feel comfortable in your home.


1. Age.  As the primary caregiver, you must be at least 18 years old. 

2. Current pets must be vaccinated. The shelter environment could be carried into your home. If you have other pets in the home, we require that they have the following up-to-date vaccinations: rabies, bordetella, distemper/parvo for dogs and rabies and FVRCP for cats.

Next Steps

If you meet and agree to the requirements above:  

  • We suggest reading this article on Petfinder that offers great information on How to Prepare your Home for a Foster Pet.

  • Complete the Foster Application. You will be notified upon approval.

  • A home check will be conducted in order to ensure the safety of our pups in your home.

  • Finally, pick your foster animal! We will share the known history of the dog/cat and behavioral traits with you in order to determine if they will be a good match for you to foster.