Foster Care Program

We rely on a dedicated group of foster volunteers to help us in our mission of saving animals’ lives. While we provide the training, supplies, veterinary care and support, our volunteers provide the open hearts and homes. Together we save the lives of many young animals by preparing them for adoption and opening space in the shelter.

Types of Foster Care Opportunities

Kitten Season Lifesavers

Every spring and summer, the shelter is flooded with hundreds of very young kittens. Because kittens must be at least two pounds before they can be spayed or neutered, we need foster volunteers to care for them until they grow to that weight. Additionally, foster homes provide valuable socialization during a critical stage of development. At times, we also need homes for underage puppies and nursing moms with litters. If you’re interested in fostering kittens, please email us:

Adoption Ambassadors

PHS Adoption Ambassadors welcome adult animals into their homes and keep them until they are adopted. The foster parent must be committed to making the animal visible in the community by going on walks, visiting the park and attending PHS adoption events.

Transport Foster

As part of our lifesaving work, we transport animals across the country to rescues and other shelters. Transport fosters are needed for short term care of animals scheduled to travel.

TLC Foster Homes

Some of our animals require more socialization before becoming eligible for adoption and will benefit from spending time in a home environment. Some of our animals also need extra care during or after medical treatments.

Next Steps

If you would like more information on fostering, please read our Foster FAQ to determine if fostering is right for you. If it seems like something you would be interested in, please email us: The general foster commitment is 2 to 8 weeks but may vary depending on the animal’s needs.

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