TLC Foster

The goal of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa's Foster Programs is to provide an interim in-home environment for pets who need special attention or a break from the shelter environment. Some pets may need a temporary home for a few days; others may need a few months.

Foster program needs include:

  • Giving adult cats a break from the shelter until they are adopted – typically our longest resident cats or cats who aren’t coping well in the shelter environment.
  • Caring for pets who have recently given birth, then continuing to care for the family until they are ready for adoption.
  • Socializing animals who aren't completely comfortable with humans - typically puppies, kittens and small caged pets, but may also apply to adult animals. Foster families who help to 'socialize' pets will do so under the guidance of ARL's Pet Behavior staff.
  • Caring for "special cases" - Pets who need a calm and quiet home environment for recovery following surgery, neglect or injury.
  • Caring for barn buddies (horses, goats, pigs, etc.) who need a special environment, medical care or socialization. For information about the Foster Program for Barn Buddies, please click here.

The ARL Foster Coordinator works with all new foster homes to determine which program will be the best fit for both the pet, and the home. The Animal Rescue League will provide crates and all veterinary care we deem necessary. Whenever possible, we ask that foster providers furnish food, cat litter, etc.

Download the Foster Application Form.

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Contact Information

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Species Preference

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Horse, Rooster, Pig, Goat, and other barn animals
Guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, birds, and other small animals

Foster Type

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Shelter Getaway (adoptable, but needs a break from the shelter)
Bottle Babies (feed every 2-3 hours until weaned)
Behavior (work on a specific behavioral issue)
Socialization (help trust people)
Medical Rehabilitation (crate rest and other beginner medical needs)
Advanced Medical Care (injections, and other advanced medical needs)
Hospice (provide comfort for animals with terminal illness)
Weight Management (help gain or lose weight)
Senior Care (provide comfort for animals with advanced age)
Crisis (provide care until they can be reunited with their owner)