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Choose to Foster

Thank you for considering the lifesaving act of becoming a foster!!  Fosters truly are the FRONT LINE for these animals!  A foster home is a temporary living situation for animals while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care, love, and guidance. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who will open their homes and hearts to foster them.  For some of these animals, this will be their first experience being treated as a family pet. You are their salvation and you should never underestimate the important role you are playing in their lives!

Why Foster?

The only way that we can save animals is with the help of foster homes. Being a foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without making a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. Foster Care is critical to our rescue efforts, the more homes we have, the more animals we can save. Becoming a foster family is a very rewarding experience, and can be a lot of fun. There are tears shed when a foster finally finds a home of their own, but knowing you have saved a life and opened up space to save another helps the tears go away.

How long can I expect to foster a pet?

Fosters will keep animals an average of 2 weeks or less.  Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. Your time commitment will be discussed up-front before you agree to foster the pet, but most foster families keep the animal until the animal gets adopted.

What are the responsibilities of a foster family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment for the animal.

  • Provide food, water, exercise and socialization as appropriate.

  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems and provide any medications as directed.

  • Assist with transport to/from Adoption Events.

  • Participate in helping LCAR find a family for the animal.

Foster Care guidelines and application forms

Additional Questions?

If you have any additional questions about fostering not mentioned on this page, please reach out to us by email:

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