Foster program

Fostering a pet is an extremely rewarding and fun experience for the entire family. If you’re looking to make a difference in the life of an animal, but can’t make the commitment to adopt, fostering may be the answer. A foster home provides temporary care for a pet in their home while the pet waits for permanent adoptive home. As kitten season approaches, it is important to have dependable foster homes ready and waiting to provide love and care to kittens in need. We prefer to keep young kittens out of the shelter environment with foster families until they grow big enough to be placed for adoption.

Animal Ark gives volunteers all of the training and support needed to be a successful foster parent. We ask that you provide the love and the food. We provide all medical care as long as your foster is seen by our veterinarian. If you wish to take your foster to your veterinarian, the cost incurred is your responsibility. However, all treatments MUST be approved by the director prior to your veterinarian treating your foster.  Foster parents are encouraged to us the Maddie’s Pet Assistant App. This app will notify you of upcoming vaccinations, deworming, heartworm prevention, etc. It also gives surveys for you to complete and in most cases provide immediate assistance to an issue you may be encountering. When you pick up your first foster, you will receive 2 emails from Maddie’s Pet Assistant within 24 hours. One of those emails will contain your username and password. Another feature in the app is the ability to record their weights while in your care. Your foster coordinator is notified and reviews each survey you complete.. Volunteers are expected to provide quality care by feeding multiple times per day, administering medications when necessary, keeping their living area clean and keeping them happy and friendly.

Dog lovers looking to foster are needed to socialize shy dogs, aid in the recovery of an illness, or simply give a shelter dog a break from being in the kennel.

  • Foster families are required to take on responsibility for daily care of the animal they are fostering.

  • Foster families will need to dedicate the time to transport the animal(s) to the shelter for routine check-ups and vaccinations.

  • All existing animals in the foster home must be up to date on vaccines. 

  • All fosters are required to sign a foster agreement that clearly defines the expectations of the foster. Failure to comply with foster agreement will result in not being able to foster any additional animals for Animal Ark Rescue.

It can be easy to fall in love with any animal especially one that has depended on you. Please take the time to discuss the way your family will handle seeing an animal that you care for leaving you to live with their new loving family. The magic of fostering is knowing that you were able to help an animal heal and then move on to live a wonderful life.

To complete the process, please complete a foster application by clicking on the links below. Once you submit your foster application, the foster coordinator will be in contact with you via email to discuss the next steps. 


Fostering saves lives!