Foster Homes Needed
Fostering pets that are not ready for adoption is great way to make a difference. Our foster program allows us to care for many more animals than we could if they had to stay at the shelter. Many animals require more involved or long-term care. These cases are placed into foster care in volunteer and staff homes and return to the shelter when they are ready for adoption.
All you need is a safe place in your home — away from family pets — and lots of love. AWS provides everything else, including beds, toys, food, litter and medical care; you name it! If you are interested in getting involved with our foster program, please fill out a foster application and submit to our Foster Coordinators.
Cat/kitten foster: We have many dedicated volunteers who take kittens, pregnant moms, and moms with newborn kittens into their homes to give them a good start in life. Last year, AWS cared for more than 1,800 cats and kittens.
Medical foster: At AWS, we go above and beyond for the animals in our care. We spend thousands of dollars every year on tests, surgeries, and follow-up treatments. While recuperating, these animals are susceptible to illnesses and stresses in the shelter environment. They heal faster and become stronger much more rapidly while in a foster care environment. We rely on caring volunteer and staff homes to give these animals the best chance possible.
PAWS foster: Our PAWS (Pets and Women to Safety) program is a confidential program that provides foster care to animals in need of a temporary home due to a domestic violence situation. Foster homes are kept confidential and require a minimum time commitment. Foster homes can specify what type of animal they would prefer to foster.
Unable to foster but want to make a difference? Consider being a volunteer. Download a volunteer application.