The Anti-Cruelty Society's Foster Program is a vital lifeline that aids
in the rehabilitation of cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies.
Foster volunteers are key to the program's success and in 2012 temporarily housed over 200 animals! These dedicated volunteers provide temporary housing for animals who are not ready for adoption room placement. The individual love and care of a foster parent gives the animal an opportunity to flourish in a home rather than in the shelter environment.
By becoming a Foster Volunteer, you can provide the individualized care and affection an animal needs to be restored to their optimal state. By providing these animals with additional socialization, fosters are also preparing them for placement in forever homes. Foster periods may vary from a few weeks to a couple months - but the impact on the person and pet last a lifetime.Common Reasons Animals are Fostered:
- shelter vacation
The Anti-Cruelty Society provides all foster animals with veterinary care, medication, and access to our behavior specialists. Foster parents are asked to supply food, toys, supplies, bedding, and tons of tender love and care.
Foster volunteers must be over 18 years of age and reside within the Chicagoland area. Prospective fosters are encouraged to review our comprehensive Foster Manual for an inside look into the Foster Program. To join our dedicated team of Foster Volunteers complete the Foster Application and submit it, along with any questions, to email@example.com.
To learn more about the animals currently out at foster care and animals waiting for foster placement, please visit our Foster Blog!
Foster Personality Profiles
If you're a current foster volunteer who is bringing back a pet - please be sure to complete a cat or dog personality profile on each animal. These profiles help our Behavior team create adoption profiles for each pet while giving potential adopters an extra glimpse into their personalities.