Foster Program

Why Foster?

Becoming a foster provides critical care for a shelter pet. Sometimes, foster care provides a needed break from shelter life. Often, fosters are needed for pets who are too young for adoption, or need time to recover from a health issue. Placing 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 provide a loving temporary home for a pet in need. We also provide basic training to those who would love to help, but may not have much experience! ADL fosters provide their pets with food, water, shelter, loving attention, and trips to our clinic for medical treatment when necessary.

Embark Foster

For EmBARK, pets are fully vetted – spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped - and ready for adoption! We provide everything a foster volunteer needs. We don’t expect volunteers to help find an adopter for the pet unless they choose to market their foster...

Medical/Neonatal Foster

We’re always looking for new foster parents (18 or older) to join our Medical/Neonatal foster program. 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...

Foster Application

Become a Foster

Active Foster’s needing to schedule their appointments

Schedule Your Foster Appointment

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)
  • Baby Wipes (unscented)
  • Pee Pads
  • Esibilac or KMR Formula
  • Animal baby bottles
  • Electric heating pads
  • Vaporizers
  • Blankets and towels
  • Shallow food dishes
  • Newspaper

Shop from our Amazon Wish List
Not able to drop-off your donations? That’s okay! We also have an Amazon.com wish list of what we urgently need for foster care. Shop from our wish list and have amazon ship your donation directly to the shelter!
Amazon.com Foster Care Wish List
View our foster wish list.



  • What is a foster home? A foster home is a loving temporary home that has basic knowledge of animal care and provides food, water, shelter, loving attention, and trips to our clinic for rechecks and medical treatment when necessary.
  • What does the Animal Defense League of Texas provide to its fosters? All supplies needed to care for your foster(Food, toys, blankets, puppy pads, litter, litter boxes), all medical care approved by our medical team, baby sitters for when you go out of town, and general assistance with caring for you foster.
  • How long should I expect to foster? The length of fostering needed, will depend on what the pets needs are. We have kittens and puppies that are flexible with most peoples schedule, to bottle baby kittens and puppies that require feedings every two hour, to adult cats and dogs who are lower maintenance and will be okay if you’re gone for work all day as long as they have access to food and fresh water.
  • How old to you have to be a foster? Candidates are eligible to foster at the age of 21.
  • What is my role as a foster? Provide a safe, clean, and loving environment. Provide food and fresh water. Monitor and report any medical concerns, Transport to and from recheck appointments at our animal hospital. Follow all instructions that the Animal Defense League of Texas provides.
  • Can I foster if I have a pet? Absolutely! Most of our foster homes have resident pets.
  • Why does my foster pet need to be isolated for 10-14 days from other personal pets/fosters? All pets receive a routine medical examination for common illnesses and are given a full work up upon arrival including but not limited to vaccines, dewormer and flea and tick prevention. The isolation period ensures that your foster is not carrying any hidden illness that are possibly transmissible to other animals. This also allows for your personal pet to get acclimated with your foster pet, by scent. A bathroom or spare room works just fine for this isolation period.
  • I think my foster has gotten my personal animal sick, can I bring them to the ADL hospital for treatment? Unfortunately, no. As a shelter, the ADL can only legally provide veterinary care to its residents. This is another reason a isolation of 10-14 days is recommend for your foster and personal pets.
  • How can I see the kittens and puppies available for foster? Once your foster application has been approved you will be added to our foster email list. Foster pleas are generally sent out Monday through Saturday with a list of everyone who is available for foster. You can also check out our Waiting for Foster page.
  • Who do I contact if I want to be a foster or have questions about fostering? You can reach us by phone at 210.655.1481 ext. 123 or 106 and by email at foster@adltexas.org.


Foster Emergencies

Foster emergency during operation hours:

  • Email the foster team at foster@adltexas.org and call 210.655.1481 ext 123 and leave a voicemail.
  • Come to the ADL hospital immediately! Do not wait for a response.

Foster emergency after hours:

Email the foster team at foster@adltexas.org and title the subject EMERGENCY


Emergency – Requires IMMEDIATE attention

  • Unresponsive
  • Severe trauma or pain
  • Labored or difficulty breathing
  • Significant active bleeding
  • Seizures (more than 3 in a 24 hour period or one lasting more than 3 minutes)
  • Continuous vomiting over 24 hours and unable to hold down food/water

Non – Emergencies that are NOT immediately concerning and are appropriate to monitor

  • Upper respiratory infection (mild to moderate) – kitten is otherwise eating and active
    • Clear ocular/nasal discharge
    • Sneezing or coughing
  • Poor appetite of less than 24 hours – kitten is otherwise doing well
  • Lethargy (low energy) of less than 24 hours
  • Vomiting of less than 24 hours – kitten still active and eating
  • No bowel movement for less than 24 hours
  • Weight loss of less than 10%
  • Hair loss