Foster Volunteers

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 space and lots of LOVE!

Short-Term Foster

From time to time, we have a need for short-term fosters, specifically for animals going to special adoption events (usually held on Saturdays or Sundays). It’s a fun way to bond with a pet and enjoy the fun and energy that goes with having a puppy or kitten at home for a few days. It’s a great opportunity for young families, retired couples or college roommates. When it’s time for the adoption event, we invite the foster families to be their foster kitten or puppy’s adoption ambassador and chat with potential adopters about how much fun they had with the pet and share stories about its personality. It’s a great way to experience fostering without a long-term commitment. And, did we mention, it’s fun?

Feline 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 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 a few days, a few weeks to a few months, depending on the age of the kittens and their individual needs.

Canine Foster

Before they reach adoption age (8-12 weeks old), puppies stay in foster homes where mom has quiet space 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.

Medical Foster

Pets recovering from injury, sickness or surgery often need extra attention. They can 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 wellMedical foster animals include dogs, cats and small animals. Time commitment is on a case-by-case basis. For those able to do so, there are occasional hospice fostering situations for extremely elderly or gravely ill pets.

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.

To get started, please fill out the foster care application. After receiving your application, we will be in touch regarding foster needs we have. Thank you!

If you have any questions about our foster program, please feel free to reach out to Marie O’Brien, Community Programs Manager at (207) 985-3244 ext. 127.

Current foster volunteers: Access VicNet to update information, log in hours and more!