Foster Care Program

Why Foster?
Foster care provides temporary homes for animals who need a break from shelter life. Many are too young for adoption, or need time to recover from a health issue. Moving these animals into foster homes not only makes their lives better, but also saves the lives of those who take their place. Fostering a shelter animal is a rewarding experience, but requires hard work and dedication.

What It Takes
The ideal foster care provider has basic knowledge of animal care, as well as a desire to find their foster animal a new home. ADL fosters provide their animals with care including food, water, shelter, and trips to our clinic for medical treatment when necessary.

In most cases, our animals stay in foster care for 2-4 weeks. We will provide everything you need to care for the animal, including food, medication, bedding, a crate, etc. Once the animal is ready for adoption, you’ll bring them back to ADL to find a forever home.

We’re always looking for new foster parents (21 or older). If you’re interested in helping out, complete the Foster Care Application. For more information, email or call the Foster Office at (210) 655-1481, ext 123.Visit the ADL Foster Facebook Page to connect with the ADL foster community!

Apply to be a Foster
Who Needs Foster Care?

  • Puppies: Newborn to 8 weeks of age.
  • Kittens: Newborn to 8 weeks of age.
  • Nursing Dogs and Cats.
  • Animals needing special care/treatment.
  • Older animals who have difficulty adapting to shelter life.
  • Older animals who have been at the shelter for a while, and who need help with socialization.

Other Ways to Help
If you can’t commit to fostering, but would like to support our program, here’s our wish list:

  • Zip Lock Bags (gallon size): High Need
  • Animal Carriers (plastic): High Need
  • Baby Wipes (unscented): High Need
  • Pee Pads
  • Puppy Play Pens
  • Baby Gates
  • Esibilac or KMR Formula
  • Animal baby bottles
  • Electric heating pads
  • Vaporizers
  • Chicken/beef baby food
  • Blankets and towels
  • Dry puppy/kitten chow
  • Shallow food dishes