When animals require more involved or long-term care, or if they are too young to be adopted, foster volunteers care for them in their homes. Being a foster family is a great way to make a difference!
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.
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 the year, but most frequently in the spring, summer and early fall, 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.
Rescue 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. Our need for puppy fosters varies throughout the year.
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.
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.
Current foster volunteers: Access VicNet to update information, log in hours and more!