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Become a Foster Parent

Being a Foster Parent really does save lives! It is one of the most loving and kind things you can do, and you receive the wonderful feeling of knowing that you are saving the life of an animal in need.  Apply today with our online foster parent application!

The animals pictured above are living happily in "forever" homes thanks to the Foster Parents who cared for them until they could be adopted!

What do Foster Parents Do?

Foster Parents provide temporary care in their homes for special needs animals until they are ready to be adopted. A few reasons for animals to be placed in foster care are:

  • Animals that are too young – may need to be bottle fed or given a few weeks growth time to reach an adoptable age/size.
  • Nursing mothers who need a quiet place to raise their babies, or a place to stay while their milk dries up AFTER feeding their babies.
  • Dogs undergoing heartworm treatment – a 6 – 8 week commitment, sometimes longer.
  • Animals with minor illnesses – Most common are Upper Respiratory Infection or Kennel Cough. These can be a 10 – 14 day commitment at the minimum.
  • Rescued animals that have sustained injuries and need a place to recuperate.

How Can I Qualify to be a Foster Parent?

  • You must have the time and ability to care for foster animals in a stress free, indoor environment, preferably away from other animals.
  • You must be extremely conscientious about monitoring the medical condition, energy level, weight and behavior of the animal(s) in your care.  If the animal requires medical attention you must be able to bring the animal in to the shelter for an evaluation.
  • Be willing to ask questions or call with any concerns.
  • Complete a Foster Home Application which is approved by the Foster Home Coordinator.
  • Attend a Foster Home Orientation and Training.
  • Abide by CAP’s policies and procedures pertaining to the animals chosen for Foster Care.
  • Be emotionally able to return the animals that are placed in your care when they are ready to be placed for adoption.

CALLING ALL FOSTER PARENTS!! Every year in the Spring and Summer months, thousands of unwanted kittens are born, many of them ending up at our shelter. In order to save their lives, we need your help. Please consider becoming a Foster Parent today!

Apply today with our online foster parent application or contact our Foster Homes Coordinators if you are interested in become a CAP foster parent.

Have a Pet to Surrender?

The CAP Foster Program does not admit animals directly from the public. All animals placed into the Foster Program must first be surrendered to the shelter, evaluated by shelter staff, and recommended for foster care by shelter management. Please do not contact the Foster Home Coordinators with surrender / intake inquiries. If you have found a needy animal please read further on how to surrender a pet to CAP on the Weekend Sponsor page. 

Foster Parent Care Guides

Dog & Puppy Care Guide

Cat & Kitten Care Guide