Be a hero to a homeless pet.
By providing a short-term foster home you can be a long-term lifesaver.
What does it mean to foster a pet from Best Friends?
To foster means to open your home temporarily to a pet (or pets) and provide love and care while they wait to be adopted. Best Friends provides everything else: support, medical care, food and supplies. You can find more general information about fostering here.
What animals at the Sanctuary typically need foster care?
Several types of adoptable or soon-to-be adoptable Sanctuary pets need foster care for different reasons. Here are some common examples:
- Mama cats with litters (until the kittens are old enough for adoption)
- Orphaned kittens (until they are old enough for adoption)
- Adult cats with special medical needs or behavioral challenges
- Puppies (until they are old enough for adoption)
- Adult dogs with special medical needs or behavioral challenges
- Hospice care pets needing a comfortable place to spend their final days
- Guinea pigs
Fostering helps prepare homeless pets for adoption and sets them up for success in their new homes. And as a bonus, you get to share your home with an adorable bundle of love and fuzz!
Fostering also might give you the opportunity to provide healing care for a sick pet, or to offer comfort during a senior pet’s final days.
How do I get started?
First time volunteers: If this is your first time volunteering with Best Friends Animal Society, you will need to make a volunteer profile and complete our foster orientation.
First time volunteers click here
Previously volunteered (in any capacity, not strictly as a foster): If you have volunteered with Best Friends before and already have a volunteer profile, you can go directly to the foster orientation in the voluteer portal.
Previous volunteers Click here
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 435-689-2502. Foster parents should live within a 45 minute drive of the Sanctuary.
For more information about fostering a homeless pet, watch the video below.