Members of the community can foster pets in their home, providing a safe place for animals to heal, grow, and develop outside of a shelter environment. Both short-term and long-term foster opportunities are available.
What Type of Pets Need Fostering?
Puppies and kittens are our most common foster need as they must be 2 months and 2-3 pounds before they are available for adoption.
Pets who have illnesses that are being treated, are recovering/scheduled for intense surgery, or need behavior modification outside of the shelter environment need fostering as well.
What Are the Financial Responsibilities of Fosters?
All food, litter, toys, treats, collars, leashes, bowls, and any medications or treatments are provided by the Pet Alliance, pending inventory. There are times the foster home may have to purchase items for an animal in their care. This is considered a donation to the Pet Alliance and we are happy to provide an acknowledgment.
Any medical treatment is provided by the Pet Alliance, as long as the pet is brought to one of our veterinary clinics. We do not reimburse for treatments provided at private veterinary clinics. If you have any pets of your own, we ask that they be up to date on vaccines. You will also need an area of your home to be able to isolate your fosters from personal pets when necessary. If personal pet contracts an illness from a foster pet, we will not cover the expense to treat your pet(s).
Are You Ready to Be A Pet Alliance Foster?
The first step in becoming a foster is to review the Foster Care Volunteer Description and fill out the Foster Care Volunteer Application, found below. Our Foster Coordinators will be in contact with next steps within a few days.
Please note that at this time, dogs are only available to be fostered through the Sanford shelter; cats are available to be fostered through both the Sanford and Orlando shelters.