What is Fostering?
Fostering is when you provide a temporary loving home for an animal for a period of time. We give you any supplies that you might need to care for your foster pet, and you can take your pet anywhere you'd like! Foster dogs love to visit the pet store and go to the beach, and kittens love to hang out in lots of new places. You don't have to foster until an animal is adopted, and most animals get adopted within a few weeks. Even as little as a week of fostering will help us.
Some shelters look for fosters for special needs animals, but we believe all animals could benefit greatly from being in a foster home, so if you're interested in beginning as a foster parent, you can foster a laid-back dog or cat and not have to worry about medications or special training. Most of our foster animals are actually in perfect health and have no behavioral issues!
Why should you foster?
When you foster an animal, you're giving him or her a much quieter and calmer environment than they have when they're at our shelter. Your foster pet will be able to get one-on-one attention from you, and they'll be able to learn how things work at home. They also get a little more space to roam, and maybe even a big yard to play in. More importantly, your foster pet will get some love before they go to their forever homes!
You're also helping us out because we'll have more space to rescue more animals, and you'll be able to expedite an animal's adoption process because you'll be able to teach them house manners and help them come out of their shells.
We're always in search of foster parents who would like to continually foster animals, meaning when your foster is adopted, you take in another one! This provides us with a system and a constant ability to rescue one or two more animals because you're providing a home for one. Even though we're always looking for long term fosters, if you can just foster for a week or two, that's great too!
What if I want to foster to adopt?
If you're interested in fostering to adopt, we do allow our fosters to adopt their pets after they've fostered, but our recommendation is seeing if your dog or cat qualifies for a trial period, which will allow you to take him or her home for 1-2 weeks and see if they're suitable in your home environment. Most medium and large adult dogs, older pets, shy animals, and adult cats are eligible for trial periods.
If you're not sure if you're ready to adopt yet but would like to consider adopting your foster pet, we recommend you go ahead and fill out a foster application! If you're more interested in fostering to adopt, we'd recommend filling out the adoption application.
Who can foster?
Anyone who's over 18 years of age can foster a pet! If you're younger and would like to foster, we'd recommend talking to your parents about taking in a foster cat or dog for a week or so and see how it goes!
We serve areas near Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Bernardino, and everywhere above and in between. We even have some foster parents in Mexico! If you live closeby or if you visit the area often, we'd love for you to help us foster. All people are welcome, both local and nonlocal!
If you have pets at home, you can still foster! We'd recommend keeping your pets separate in the beginning, especially if you're fostering kittens and you have cats, but after a period of time, it'd be great to introduce everyone. If you've got pets at home, we'll be sure to give you foster pets who are friendly towards other animals.