Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and learn more about fostering an animal in need.
Each year, over 3-4 million animals are euthanized in the United States at shelters across the country. Animal rescues groups have become strong advocates for these animals and their volunteers work tirelessly to save as many animals as they can. Through education, spay/neuter programs, and advocacy they try to curb the overpopulation of pets that inevitably leaves so many without homes.
Most rescues are volunteer-based rescues who take animals in and place them in foster homes until they are adopted by a forever family. Because most rescues are small, non-profit organizations, they rely on the public to participate in their mission of saving animals by donating and more importantly, providing short term, in-home care for animals until they can be adopted.
The mission of this page is to provide a centralized place for information on fostering in general, and to provide a place where those interested in fostering can apply to do so and be matched with a rescue that meets their criteria. This site is not affiliated with any one rescue; our goal is to work together with Twin Cities rescues to recruit and activate as many foster homes as possible for multiple rescues so that we can save as many lives as possible.
Please keep in mind that if you choose to apply to foster, you are never obligated. You are completely in control of when, who, and how frequently you take an animal into your home. It is best to work closely with the rescue to discuss your specific lifestyle and home situation to find an animal that will be a fit for your home until that animal is adopted.
Thank you for your interest in fostering, and I hope you will find information that answers your questions and that ultimately you are encouraged to open your heart and home to an animal in need. Every foster home with their doors open is a life saved. Please share the information you learn and tell others about how they can help.
- College Students as Fosters
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there requirements people should be aware of before becoming pet foster parents?
- Can I adopt the animal I foster? What is Foster to Adopt?
- Do I need a fenced yard in order to foster a dog?
- How can I volunteer to become a pet foster parent?
- How do I see pets that are available to foster?
- How long is a foster period? What happens if the pet doesn’t get adopted? What if it doesn’t work out for me?
- I already own a pet. Can I still foster?
- I am less than 18 years old. Can I foster a pet?
- What are the joys of fostering?
- What does it cost to foster a pet?
- What happens after I fill out the Foster Application Form?
- What if I am going out of town, or on vacation?
- What is a pet foster parent?
- What kind of support will I get?
- Where are the pets that need foster homes?
- Who should foster a pet?
- Why are pet foster parents needed?
- Will I get an animal with behavior issues?
- Will I get too attached to my foster pet? What if I can’t let go?
- Will I have a say into who adopts my foster pet?
- Overview of Fostering
- Should I wait until I see an animal I’m interested in before I sign up?
- Twin Cities Rescues
- What kinds of animals need fosters?
- Why children make great fosters