Fostering saves lives. Whether you volunteer to care for a litter of orphaned kittens or give an adult dog a break from the kennel, you are making a difference in the life of an animal in need. Fostering fills a critical gap. Young kittens need more care than can be provided in the shelter environment. Scientific studies have shown that adult animals are adopted more quickly after a break from the shelter.
We provide all the training, supplies, veterinary care and support. You provide a temporary safe and loving home.
If you can’t foster but still want to support our program, consider donating an item off our wishlist.
Currently, we are most in need of foster homes for bigger dogs. By providing a minimum two-week commitment to foster a large dog, you’ll be giving them a break from the shelter and providing us with important information about what that dog is like in a home environment, which will help us find them a forever home.
You can make a difference in the life of a homeless pet by temporarily opening up your home to a dog, cat or rabbit. Fostering gives our longer-term residents a welcome break from the kennel and provides prospective adopters with helpful information about how that pet behaves in a home. We provide you with all the supplies you’ll need to care for your foster pet. Foster a pet for as little as a couple of days or as long as a few weeks.
We regularly need foster parents to help animals recover from injury or illness in a home environment. Our foster coordinator and medical team will work with you to ensure you are comfortable with the at-home care your foster pet needs. We will provide all the supplies and medical treatments for your foster pet. Recovery time varies on the needs of the individual animal.
The shelter environment can be a stressful place, and for some pets this means they develop behaviors that stand in the way of adoption. With the help of our training team, behavior foster parents provide a structured home environment to help pets thrive while they look for a new home.
Each year, Pasadena Humane takes in hundreds of kittens in need of foster care. Orphaned kittens under two months old and nursing moms with litters spend 2 to 8 weeks in a foster home before they are ready to be placed for adoption.
Many of the foster kittens are already eating solid food on their own. We also need foster parents who can care for bottle babies, as these most fragile kittens need round-the-clock feeding and care that we are unable to provide at the shelter.
We also occasionally need foster homes for underage puppies and nursing cat and dog moms with litters.
Looking to give a dog a break from the shelter, but can’t commit to a long-term foster? Pasadena Humane offers two short-term foster opportunities that have proven to reduce stress in dogs and help them find new homes more quickly.
Invite a shelter pup over for sleepover! Just two nights away from the shelter is scientifically proven to substantially reduce stress levels in dogs, making them more adoptable when they return to the shelter. Sleepovers can be as short as one night or as long as a few nights. We provide all the supplies and support, you provide the fun!
Foster Field Trip
Take a shelter dog on a short adventure! Visit a local hiking trail, visit a pet-friendly business, or take an afternoon stroll at the park. Our staff will provide you with training and all the supplies you’ll need, including harness, leash and “adopt me” accessories for the pup. Foster Field Trips are offered by appointment only.
Not sure if you’re ready to adopt? Try foster to adopt! Some of our adoptable animals are eligible to go home with you on a trial basis. Once you take the pet home, you’ll have 10 days to decide on adoption. We’ll even provide you with the initial supplies. To participate, you’ll need to go through the regular adoption counseling process. View adoptable pets.
What are the requirements for becoming a foster parent?
- The main foster volunteer must be at least 18 years old and complete foster training.
- You must be able to follow rules and guidelines provided in the foster handbook and/or by shelter staff.
- You must have reliable transportation for bringing your foster animal(s) to the shelter for regular appointments and to the vet in case of emergency.
Is there a time commitment?
How long you keep your foster pet depends on the needs of the animal and your availability. Our foster team will match you with a pet that fits your availability and lifestyle.
Can I adopt my foster pet?
Yes. If you fall in love and want to keep your foster pet, you will have the first chance to adopt. We also encourage foster parents to find adopters for their foster pets. Let our foster team know if you have a friend, neighbor, family member, etc., who wants to adopt your foster animal.
I have pets at home. Can I still foster?
Yes! Depending on the type of animal you foster, we may ask you to keep your foster animals separate from you resident pets. This is especially true for unvaccinated kittens & puppies with developing immune systems.
Do you provide medical care, food and supplies?
Yes, we provide everything you need for your foster pet. This includes food, bowls, bedding, toys, crates, litter, litter pans, etc. All routine medical care, except in cases of emergency, will be done at Pasadena Humane. If you’d like to purchase your own supplies, the foster team can provide you with a list of what to buy.
Is there 24/7 support?
Yes, we have a 24-hour emergency hotline for foster parents.
Do I need to live in Pasadena or near the shelter to foster?
No, we welcome foster parents from throughout the Los Angeles area. But please note, all appointments are done at Pasadena Humane.
I can’t foster, but still want to support the program?
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