Thank you for your interest in fostering an animal for Animal Rescue, Inc.! To make your inquiry about fostering as easy as possible, we’ve created this FAQ! Read below to learn more!

What types of cats and kittens need fostering?

Animal Rescue, Inc. has many cats and kittens who need to be fostered. We have small kittens with a mother who need a quiet place to grow, small kittens with no mother who need to be bottle fed, older kittens who needs to be socialized, adult cats who need to gain confidence, cats recovering from surgery or illness, and elderly cats who require hospice fostering. Animal Rescue, Inc. does not foster “adoptable animals,” as having adoptable animals in foster care can lengthen the time it takes for them to be adopted. They are more likely to get adopted at one of our adoption centers.

What types of puppies and dogs need fostering?

Animal Rescue, Inc. does not often take in puppies, but occasionally need fostering for dogs under one year old for training or socialization purposes. Most often we have dogs who require training, or socialization after coming from a traumatic situation (such as an abusive or neglectful home or puppy mill). We are also in need of fosters for dogs who require a place to recover after surgery or illness, or need hospice fostering. Animal Rescue, Inc. does not foster “adoptable animals,” as having adoptable animals in foster care can lengthen the time it takes for them to be adopted. They are more likely to get adopted at one of our adoption centers.

What am I responsible for as a foster parent?

The foster parent is responsible for love and care, and transportation as necessary. This includes transportation to and from adoption events or veterinary appointments, or minimally transportation to and from the rescue for this events or appointments. Foster parents are not responsible for veterinary care (must use one of our veterinarians or be authorized to use another veterinarian), food or other necessities. Fosters are welcome to provide financial or non-monetary assistance to their fosters.

What do I need to do to start fostering pets?

Animal Rescue, Inc. has the same requirements for its foster homes as its adoptive homes. Potential adopters must fill out a foster application with personal references, a vet reference. A home visit is required for dogs and sometimes required for cats.

Can I foster a pet for a little while and, if it works out, adopt him/her?

Sometimes families ask to foster a dog or cat to make sure “it works out” before adopting. We cannot support this type of program because of the volunteer and employee hours it would take to process the applications. We suggest meeting and interacting with the cat or dog several times before adopting. Also, the changes in atmosphere are very confusing for the pet. Fostering before adopting also leaves very blurred lines and additional paperwork for both parties. Keep it simple: If you want to change a life: adopt. If you want to change many lives: foster.

Ready to change lives?

Fill out the cat or kitten foster application here.

Fill out the dog or puppy application here.