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Fostering saves lives: Be a hero to a homeless pet

When you provide a foster home to an animal from Best Friends or a local shelter, you are part of a lifesaving team working to create a bright, healthy and safe future for homeless dogs and cats everywhere.

Indeed, fostering is an easy, direct and short-term way to make a lifetime of difference. It simply means temporarily opening your home to pets in need and ensuring love and care while they wait to be adopted. Best Friends (and some shelters) provide everything you need, including food, supplies, support and medical care.

Perk #1: For a short time, you get to share your home with adorable bundles of love and fuzz!

Home: the best place to learn and grow

A shelter can be a noisy and stressful place, especially for shy and frightened animals. By providing a loving, quiet place for pets to learn and grow, you’re helping to alleviate the burden for a local shelter. You’re also preparing your foster pet for life as part of a family. For orphans, newborns, and pets with medical or behavioral challenges, a foster home can make all the difference in the world.

Ready to get started?

Whether it’s your first time fostering or you’re a pro, organizations around the country are looking for caring people like you. Become a foster volunteer to change the future for a lucky dog, cat, puppy or kitten, and you’ll be helping to save others by creating space for another pet in need.

So, are you ready to save lives and have a blast? You have plenty of options.

Best Friends in Los Angeles

Best Friends in Los Angeles
No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA)Coalition partners

Best Friends in Utah

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kanab, Utah)
Best Friends in Utah
No-Kill Utah (NKUT) Coalition partners

More Best Friends programs and locations

New York
Northwest Arkansas
Polk County, FL
Catawba County, NC
Waynesboro, PA

Foster for a shelter near you

Don’t live near a Best Friends location? Not to worry. There are thousands of Best Friends Network partners across the country, with one near you that could use your help! Search to find local fostering opportunities.

Looking for more ways to save lives in your area?

Check out the pet lifesaving dashboard, which provides the most current statistics for shelters in every corner of the country, county by county and state by state.

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