Are you looking for snuggles and companionship? Want to make a meaningful impact on your community? Show us some love by becoming an AWS foster family!!
Show us the love
Whether taking an AWS resident pup for a lunch date or afternoon adventure, overseeing a rabbit’s recovery from surgery for a week or two, or caring for a litter of kittens for a summer, foster families make a huge difference for the pets in our community, including the pets waiting for new “forever” homes at AWS.
Pets need foster care for a variety of reasons – some for a day or two, some for an extended period of time. Each pet’s needs are unique, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of foster family. Families, couples, individuals, roommates – no matter your family set up or your home environment – there will be a pet (or two or three!) that can use your love and companionship.
Apply to Foster
Ready to get started? Select your preferred animal to access our foster care application. Soon after you submit your application, we’ll be in touch.
Are you a unicorn? Unicorn fosters fill a very special need. They are the unique individuals and families who do not have any pets at home. Thus, they can take in a foster dog or cat that must be the only pet in the household.
Take a dog on a date
Join our growing community of dog date fosters!
We are looking for short-term fosters to show our dogs some love. Short-term fostering is unique for each dog and give them time away from the Adoption Center to have a fun outing in the community.
We’ll work with you (and your schedule) to make sure it’s the date of your dreams! It’ll be one you won’t forget and certainly one your doggy date will remember always. ????
Types of Dog Dates
The Dog Date program runs 7 days a week, though date scheduling is dependent on our dog population at any given time.
If you (or you and your partner, or you and your friend – our dogs aren’t jealous!) can take a dog out soon, fill out your dating profile and we’ll be in touch!
Once you’ve filled out the form and heard back from us, you’re officially a short-term foster and ready to date! Whenever you want to take a dog on a date, give us a call a few days in advance at (207) 985-3244. We’ll work on getting something set up. Dog date scheduling always depends on how many dogs we have in care, their availability and their compatibility with your proposed activity. Most dogs are happy to go out for ice cream, not every dog likes to hike. It takes a little matchmaking on our part to make sure it’s an ideal date!
Fostering Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions or would like to chat with someone to find out if you’re a good candidate to become a foster family, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Volunteer & Foster Coordinator via email or at (207) 985-3244 ext. 121.