Foster a pet and save a life (or two or more)

Opening your home to a foster pet saves lives! Fostering a pet, whether for days, weeks or months, has multitude of long-term lifesaving results.

  • You not only save the life of the fostered animal, but you free up space in a shelter so another homeless pet gets a second chance.
  • A shelter can be a stressful, scary place, especially for shy and frightened animals. Providing a safe and relatively quiet spot goes a long way toward preparing an animal for adoption.
  • Orphaned or newborn animals, as well as those with special medical needs or behavioral challenges, benefit greatly from the one-on-one attention they receive in foster care.
  • Fostering helps pets get accustomed to life in a home, smooths their way toward adoption and helps set them up for success in their forever homes.
  • If you’re thinking about adopting a cat or dog, fostering is a great way to find out if an animal is a good fit for you and your family. In many organizations, fosters get first dibs on the animal they’re fostering.

Check out our resource page to learn more about the benefits of fostering and to access a list of fostering FAQs.

Learn how to be a great foster parent

Ready to start fostering?

Dogs and cats are the most common pets needing foster homes, but some organizations may also need help with rabbits, birds, guinea pigs or even farm animals. Check out these resources to learn how you can foster for Best Friends or a network partner near you.

A lot of people are afraid that they will get too attached to their foster pets. We’re not going to lie: It’s tough and there are often tears involved. But the bottom line is that sending a foster pet to a loving forever home helps save lives. Knowing you played a crucial role in an animal’s happily-every-after is worth every tear.