The goal of the ARL's foster programs is to provide a home environment for pets who need special attention or a break from the shelter. Some pets may need a temporary home for a few days, while others may need a few months.
Our foster coordinators work with new foster homes to determine which program will be the best fit. The ARL provides crates and all veterinary care we deem necessary. Whenever possible, we ask that foster providers furnish basic supplies, such as food and cat litter. For foster program updates and to see pets looking for foster homes, follow the ARL Foster Network on Facebook!
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Crisis Foster: This program provides temporary care for the pets of families or individuals experiencing a crisis due to domestic violence, natural disaster, or other catastrophic events.
Golden Paw Hospice: This program provides in-home care for dogs and cats that have been diagnosed with a terminal illness but are free from suffering and continue to enjoy quality of life.
Mommy & Me: Mom cats with babies are often the easiest kitten groups to foster because the mom cat does a lot of the work of cleaning and caring for the kittens. Fosters will ideally have a spare room where these little families can stay 4-6 weeks while the kittens grow big enough for adoption, and get the fun of helping to socialize them with people so they're ready.
Office Cats: The ARL will match your business with an adoptable cat who is a good fit for your employees, customers, and office environment. The ARL will continue to promote your cat to potential adopters and you can brag to your clients about how cool you are for having an office cat. They may even want to adopt!
PerPETual Care Foster: This program offers pet owners a way to ensure their pets are cared for in the event that their pets outlive them. PerPETual Care foster families care for these pets long-term.
Second Chance Ranch Foster: This program is for barn animals who need a special environment, medical care, socialization or simply a break from the shelter.
Shelter Cat Getaway: This program gives adult cats a break from the shelter until they are adopted. These cats are typically our longer-resident cats or cats who aren’t coping well in the shelter environment.
Shelter Dog Getaway: This program gives dogs a vacation from the shelter, until they’re adopted. You get to do all of the fun things you would do with your own dog: Take them on walks, to the park, to events and more – and we’ll supply a vest they can wear that shows they’re available for adoption so they can meet potential adopters along the way.
Shelter Rabbit Getaway: This program gives rabbits a cozy home while they await their forever home. Rabbits may be introduced to other animals or have a private space.
Silver Paw Senior Pets: The ARL’s Silver Paw Senior Pets program is for senior pets who have lived with an elderly person who has passed away or has been moved to a residential facility and is unable to keep their pet. This foster program would give the pet(s) a cozy home until they're adopted or through the end of their life.
When do we need Fosters the most?
- Caring for pets who have recently given birth, then continuing to care for the family until they are ready for adoption. Throughout the spring and summer, and into fall, we are always in need of fosters for bottle-baby kittens and mother cats with kittens.
- Socializing animals who aren't completely comfortable with humans — typically that means puppies, kittens and small caged pets, but it may also apply to adult animals. Foster families who help socialize pets will do so under the guidance of our pet behavior staff.
- Caring for "special cases" — pets who need a calm, quiet home environment for recovery after surgery, neglect or injury.