What Being a Foster Parent En-TAILS

Your Major Purpose

To create a nurturing environment in the comfort of your own home, allowing the fostered animals to grow, heal, socialize and become or remain adoptable.

Your Responsibilities to Your Foster Pets

  • Feed, socialize, groom, begin basic obedience, and medicate animals.
  • Ensure the animal’s safety and respond to the animal’s needs.
  • Isolate foster animals from your own companion animals when necessary.
  • Ensure that your companion animals are current on vaccinations and spayed or neutered.
  • Observe and report any problems with the animal to the shelter/rescue’s Foster Care Coordinator.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding foster animals and their situations.
  • Return the animal to the shelter/rescue at the scheduled time.
  • Comply with the shelter/rescue philosophies and policies and act as a Take a Pet representative.

Required Orientation and Training

Some shelters or rescues may require that you attend foster orientation or training programs. We will inform you of any requirements before formalizing your foster application.

Home Inspections

Foster homes are considered extensions of the shelters and rescues, and a facility will often require routine home inspections by authorized representatives. A written record of that inspection will often be available for review.

A home inspection will typically includes:

  • Food storage (no bags on the ground, closed container)
  • Disease control (i.e. is the home clean?)
  • Where foster animal is housed.
  • Where foster animal will sleep.
  • Where foster animal will be kept when you are away from home.
  • Fenced in areas (height, gaps, holes, etc.)
  • Toys and objects on floor or within reach of foster animal.


Commitment times vary according to the individual animal’s needs. Some animals may require a foster home until they’re adopted. Others may only need a 1-2 day crash pad. We will do our best to find you the foster pet who meets your commitment needs.