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 Adult 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, 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!

To become an EmBARK foster, complete our EmBark application form. For more information, email or call our Intake Office at (210) 655-1481, ext 115. Ask for Janette!

Apply to be an EmBARK Foster

Medical/Neonatal Foster

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 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 Medical/Neonatal Foster

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 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! Foster Care Wish List
View our foster wish list.