Foster Volunteers

Care for an Animal in your Home

Providing foster care to pets that are not ready for adoption is a great way to make a difference. When animals require more involved or long-term care, or if they are too young to be adopted, they are placed into foster care.

AWS provides everything you need to care for foster pets, including beds, toys, food, litter and medical care.  All you need to provide a safe, comfortable room and lots of LOVE!

If you are interested in getting involved with our foster program, please start by filling out a foster care application.

Cat/kitten foster:  Kittens are not old enough to be adopted until they are 8-12 weeks old, so we rely on volunteers to take care of them. Throughout “kitten season,” we take in orphaned kittens, pregnant moms, and moms with kittens. We like to get them into foster care right away. Fostering can last from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the age of the kittens and their individual needs. Kitten season lasts through the summer and into the early fall.

Dog/puppy foster: Puppies not old enough for adoption and their mothers stay in foster homes where mom has the quiet space needed to nurse her babies and where the puppies can learn and grow. Puppy fostering can last a few weeks or a few months, depending on the puppies’ ages and needs. While we do not have an official “puppy season,” like we do for kittens, our needs for puppy fosters vary throughout the year.

Medical foster: Shelter pets recovering from injury, sickness or surgery often need extra attention. While recuperating, these animals may be susceptible to illnesses and stresses in the shelter. They heal faster and become stronger much more rapidly while in foster care. We rely on caring volunteer and staff homes to give these animals the environment they need to get well. Medical fosters can include dogs, cats and small animals. Time commitment is on a case-by-case basis.

Behavior Foster: Some pets come to us a little nervous or needing to brush up on some skills to help them become the best family pet possible. We rely on the help of foster families to provide training, socialization and stability to help these animals learn and grow. Fostering can also provide much needed relaxation and a break for pets that find the shelter to be a stressful environment. Volunteer training level and time commitment can vary (from as short as an overnight to as long as a few months).