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Fostering Saves Lives

What is a foster volunteer?

A foster (individual or family) cares for an animal in our rescue while they are awaiting adoption. The foster helps the animal decompress, socialize, and adjust to life outside the shelter.
When we have available fosters, we are able to save more dogs and cats from euthanasia.

Why should I foster?

Fostering improves the life of a homeless animal.  It may be the first time that a cat or dog has experienced love and kindness from a human.  In addition, fostering helps open up a kennel at the shelter so another animal isn't euthanized. As a foster, you can provide a direct and positive impact on an animal, which helps them get ready for their forever homes.

What kinds of animals need fostering?

Shelter2Rescue fosters only dogs and cats.  This may include orphaned kittens and puppies, animals recovering from illness, injury or medical procedures, short-term fosters waiting for out-of-state transport, or an animal that just needs a place to decompress and become more confident before being adopted.

What are the requirements to be a foster?

We welcome experienced and novice foster volunteers.  A foster volunteer must be at least 18 years of age, be able to provide a safe and secure environment for the animal, and be willing to stay in communication with our foster coordinators. All household members must agree to foster.

What does it cost to foster?

Shelter2Rescue can assist you with food and necessary supplies. We work with a network of veterinarians and cover the animal's medical expenses, including medication. You need only provide your home, attention, and love.

How long will I be fostering?

Typically two weeks to several months, depending on the animal. As you tell us about your foster, you might enjoy helping us write an engaging bio to increase interest and the number of applications.  During the application process, you help us select the home best suited for your foster.