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As Madison County's only open admission shelter, we are always at capacity.  Hoarding cases, kitten season, or simply a high intake day can cause an instant space crisis.  Without the open hearts and homes of our foster families, we couldn’t give each animal the second chance they deserve.

Being a foster parent is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities that we have to offer.  You get to cuddle with cute baby kittens and puppies, care for animals during their medical treatment, and help find them homes!  You can make an immeasurable impact by opening your home and your heart to an animal in need. 


As a foster care provider, you can help make second chances possible and better prepare a homeless pet for a successful adoption.  If you’re interested in becoming a foster, our adoption coordinator will help you determine which type of foster will be the best fit for you!


We are always in need of foster homes.  

Our more urgent needs include:  ​

Pregnant and nursing mothers

Motherless kittens who need to be bottle fed to survive

Heartworm positive dogs

Cats and dogs with serious injuries

Senior pets who are depressed 

Long-time shelter residents 

Dogs in need of rehabilitation for behavior challenges (Experienced fosters only.)


Fostering is a mutually beneficial relationship.  The commitment is as important to you as it is to the animal.  Making a difference for a shelter pet during a difficult time is a rewarding experience you'll want to do again.  Fosters show compassion in ways most only wish they could.  


We will provide anything you need (food, crate, toys, litter) to give these cats and dogs a much needed break - for a few days, weeks or months. We appreciate our fosters who are willing to take on those general expenses as it helps our dollars go that much farther.  Not to mention, those expenses are tax-deductible!

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