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.
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, but that is totally optional! Studies have shown that dogs benefit greatly from even one night in a home vs. the shelter. A stay in your loving home for a week or two will give these pets the care they need!
We’re always looking for new foster parents (21 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. Once the animal is ready for adoption, you’ll bring them back to ADL to find a forever home. If you’re interested in helping out, complete the application form below.
Did you know ADL is able to save significantly more lives by transporting adoptable dogs to shelters in Seattle, Washington where homeless dogs are in high demand? Due to northern states having harsh winters, the stray population is much smaller than here in south Texas. Please consider fostering these adorable dogs before their big trip! All foster volunteers will receive the items necessary to take care of their temporary guest, including the following: kennel & bedding, food, medications (if necessary), toys.
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
- Blankets and towels
- Shallow food dishes
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!
View our foster wish list.
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