How much space do you need to foster?
If you have a spare bedroom or clean, temperature-controlled finished basement, you can give shelter to an animal in need of temporary housing!
How long is the commitment?
Some of our pets need just a few days in foster; some need a bit longer. Each dog and cat is different! We will find the perfect foster pet for you and your schedule.
What kinds of pets are fostered?
Kittens and puppies under 8 weeks old must go to foster until they are altered and their vaccines are up-to-date; they have a better chance of avoiding illness in a home. Pets with medical needs recover and heal better in a home. Pets that need one-on-one socialization will receive personal attention in a home. Pets that are approaching the end of life deserve to spend their final days in a home.
Is it expensive?
It is not expensive, and what you want to spend is up to you. All fosters receive 8 weeks (the average time for fostering) of food, litter and pans, harnesses, beds, and other supplies as required by individual animals. Many fosters supply their own food to help relieve the burden on the shelter. All medications are provided as well as veterinary care by the shelter vet. Any other special items such as that cute toy you saw at the store may be provided by your choice.
Afraid you’ll get attached?
There’s no shame in what we call “foster failing!” However, many of our foster parents find joy in sending their foster pets into new homes, and then they are ready to help another dog or cat.
How do you become a foster parent?
Please fill out the application. Our foster coordinator will be in touch to schedule a foster interview for you!
Can’t foster but still want to help? Visit How To Get Involved.
Still have questions? Contact FosterTeam@dcspca.org