Fostering Saves Lives
Providing a temporary, loving home to animals in need is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. Our foster volunteers make it possible for our organization to rescue hundreds of cats and dogs we would otherwise have to turn away due to limited space in our shelters. THANK YOU for opening your hearts and homes and for saving lives!
The Guiding Mission of our Foster Program
- Provide cats and dogs with a safe, nurturing environment and individualized care.
- Socialize shy or timid cats and dogs to prepare them for adoption.
- Give our long-term residents time away from the shelter to keep them happy and healthy.
- Provide adopters with valuable information to place cats and dogs with the right homes.
Our greatest need is fosters willing to take:
- Mom dogs with their puppies;
- Adult dogs with medical or behavior issues;
- Bottle baby kittens (unweaned kittens who do not eat on their own and do not have a mother);
- Mom cats with their kittens;
- Feral mom cats with their unweaned kittens (Read More);
- Cats and kittens with Feline Upper Respiratory Infection (Read More);
- Feral kittens who need socializing (Read More); and
- Adult Cats with medical (injuries, waiting for a medical procedure such as a dental or other surgery) or behavioral issues (shy, does not do well in shelter).
Foster Volunteer Requirements
The following are requirements you must meet in order to volunteer.
- Follow the Steps to Start Volunteering
- Foster volunteer must be at least 18 years of age. Children under the age of 18 will be asked to co-foster with a parent and both must attend training.
- Foster volunteers must check their emails at least once per week while fostering.
- Complete an annual homecheck.
- Currently have fewer than 8 cats and dogs in your home.
If you have questions, please email Foster@savinganimalstoday.org.
Steps to become a foster
Complete an online foster application
Attend a foster onboarding
Once you have completed your application, you will receive an email about upcoming onboarding dates. Onboardings are small, in-person, on-site trainings. Foster onboardings are held 4 times per month (2 for cats and 2 for dogs) and last appromiately 90 minutes. Foster onboarding serves as an introduction to Animal Friends Alliance, our mission, and the expectations and rewards of becoming a foster family.
Pay the foster fee
You will pay the foster fee online via a link provided after you attend onboarding. This $30 fee is non-refundable and helps to cover the cost of your t-shirt, name tag, and background check. **If an interested party has concerns regarding this fee, please speak with our Foster & Transfer Team**
Home Visit – Required by the state of Colorado
After your background check has has been processed, a volunteer will reach out to you to schedule your home visit. We look forward to welcoming you as a foster volunteer!