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Fill your house with love! Foster with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

As we bring more at-risk pets into our lifesaving program, we need more foster homes! Can you help? Our dogs and cats would love to keep you company. Plus, it'll help make more room at the Sanctuary for incoming pets. We provide the food and supplies, you provide the loving home. Fostering is a fantastic way to help save lives, so sign up today or contact your local shelter about fostering if you are not local to Kanab. For general information about what fostering entails, click here. For information on fostering for one of our other locations across the country, click here.

Pets currently in need of foster

Here's how it works: 

  1. Start by filling out the foster application and watching the orientation video
  2. Look for a follow-up email that explains how the program operates and complete the on-deck survey
  3. When we have a foster match for you, a pick-up time will be arranged, and our foster coordinators will meet you to offer supplies and support 
  4. Provide your foster pet with care and love while receiving food, supplies, veterinary care, and access to a 24-hour emergency phone line

Your commitment today can help make Utah a no-kill state! It's that easy! By providing a short-term foster home you can be a long-term lifesaver. 

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 volunteer portal.
Previous volunteers click here

What types of pets can I foster?

Cats and kittens

This year, local shelters will receive thousands of kittens (two months of age or younger) who need urgent rescue and care. Kittens are some of the most at-risk pets in shelters because they require intensive around-the-clock care, and many shelters don't have the resources or staff to provide that level of care. Not only does fostering help kittens find forever families, but it also saved their lives and greatly decreases the number of cats and kittens who are killed in shelters each year. 

We are also in need of foster homes for adult cats who have special requirements or just need a break from the stressful shelter setting. As an adult cat foster, you'll provide us with valuable information about your foster cat's personality that will help us find the perfect adopter! 

Dogs and puppies

By fostering a dog, you'll provide the animal with necessary relief from life in a shelter. Just one night in a foster home can be extremely beneficial to the dog's mental health. Providing a comfortable, temporary home for dogs will also provide us with information about the animals' in-home behavior and plays a crucial role in helping us find them forever homes. 


  1. Willing to complete an online registration (~15 minutes) including: creating a volunteer profile, watching a short orientation video, and digitally signing agreement forms. 
  2. Must be eighteen years or older — or have a parent/guardian's assistance
  3. Reliable transportation and internet access to schedule your foster pet's appointments

Can't foster but want to help? 

A lifesaving gift - your gift to the animals goes straight to work helping dogs and cats right here at the Sanctuary. You'll be supporting our ongoing lifesaving operations, and ensuring countless pets receive lifesaving medical care, love, companionship, and the chance to find a family of their very own. 

Donate here

For more information, email or call 435-689-2502. 

For more information about fostering a homeless pet, watch the video below.