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!

Being a Foster Parent really does save lives! Opening your home to an animal that needs a little extra love 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 application!


What do Foster Parents Do?

Foster Parents provide temporary care in their homes for medically needy animals until they are ready to be adopted. The most common 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 be 18 years or older.
  • 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 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.


In order to become a Foster Parent, you must attend a Foster Home Orientation and submit a Foster Parent Application for approval. You may either attend the orientation OR apply first, but both must be completed before attending a training session. Foster Orientations are typically held every other Sunday, please check the online calendar for dates and be sure to register! Once your application is approved and you have attended a foster orientation, you will need to attend a Foster Medical Training course to learn proper medication procedures and animal health information. Medical Training dates will be provided upon application approval and attendance of a foster orientation.

Apply today with our online foster application and get ready to join our wonderful foster program!!


 Fostering Facts

  • CAP covers the majority of medical expenses (including xrays, some bloodwork, dental cleanings, routine care such as spay/neuter, vaccinations etc)  and at times can help with supplies such as food, litterboxes and other supplies if our shelter stock is full
  • You are not required to keep the pet in your home until they are adopted, only until they are healthy and adoptable. 
  • There are anywhere from 2-5 staff members assigned daily to assist with the foster program, we're here for you!
  • The CAP Foster Program helped over 1000 needy pets in 2017 and with YOUR help we can save more!


Foster Testimonials 

"We fostered two underweight kittens. When we brought them back, the more outgoing one was adopted quickly, but the timid one got a URI, so we brought her home again. That time, she blossomed and became much more friendly, curious, and outgoing. When she was healthy and we brought her to CAP again, she was adopted quickly. They don't all rehabilitate at the same rate, and it was great to finally see her blossom."

"There is nothing more rewarding than nursing a dog through a health crisis and see that dog go to a loving home."

"… they kept growing and eventually discovered they could escape the tub. And once one puppy does it, they all do it. So I am taking out the stinky trash and I can hear the typical yips and woofs, but suddenly I hear the sound of 5 puppies feet stampeding down the hallway and into the living room. It was chaos, yet everyone was smiling. Luckily, I had a lobster dog toy to entice them back.

Corralling 5 puppies is not for the faint of heart."


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 (intake) page.