Foster parents open their homes and hearts to animals who need them now more than
ever. These compassionate people play a vital role in the life of that animal and
are a critical component to the success of AWS’s mission in placing animals in forever
homes. Foster parents provide a home environment for healing and growth that a shelter
cannot duplicate. Simply put: foster parents save lives!
Fosters provide care, exercise and socialization to the animals in their care. They
may be asked to transport the fosters to/from adoption events. They are responsible
to monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems and quickly bring the sick animal
to AWS (or approved alternative) in case of an emergency. As a foster, you may host
animals with special medical need or behavioral needs, mother animals with nursing
litters, larger dogs or kittens under eight weeks of age who need special feeding
and socialization. By fostering an animal you are providing rehabilitation in a nurturing
home environment, directly preparing them for adoption into a forever home.
How long are the animals in foster homes?
It varies and completely depends on the situation. There is no set time.
Can I adopt my foster animal?
YES! Foster parents have first choice to adopt their foster.
Are their any expenses for a foster parent?
NO. AWS provides all the necessary supplies and support you will need to care for
the foster animal including food, crates, medication and all veterinary services.
If I have my own animals, can I foster?
Absolutely! A lot of fosters are also pet owners. This will be a factor in determining
which pets are placed into your home, but will not prevent you from fostering. Family
dogs must have a meet-and-greet with the potential foster dog to see if it’s a suitable
match. We ask that you initially supervise interactions with the animals to allow
your foster to settle in.
What if the animal I am fostering doesn’t work out for me?
We will work with you to find the best match possible for your home and lifestyle.
Although we ask all of our fosters to take their responsibility seriously and make
a commitment to their foster animal. If at any point the foster situation isn’t working
out, we will take the dog back into our care and find another that will work for
How can I help my foster become more adoptable?
If no one knows about your foster or how wonderful it is, then it will be harder
to find a forever home. Let your friends, family and neighbors know you are fostering.
Spend time with your foster in social environments and with new people or animals
to expose them to varied situations. Send us photos from time to tome. We will
update your foster’s pictures on our adoption website.