Foster Opportunities

LifeLine's lifesaving efforts are made possible through the many foster parents who care for our animals on a short- and long-term basis. The information that we are able to gather from our foster parents is invaluable! If you are able to foster for any length of time, from days to weeks to months, you are directly contributing to LifeLine's mission of ending the euthanasia of healthy, treatable, and adoptable pets.

** All days listed below are calendar days.

 

Short-Term Opportunities

Weekend Warrior
Rescue Transport Fostering
Spay/Neuter Recovery
Foster to Forever
Friendly Finder
 
 
 

Long-Term Opportunities

Dog Fostering
Behavior Fostering
Medical/Heartworm
Mom & Puppies
Kitten Fostering
Fospice (Foster Hospice)
Court-Case Foster

 

Short-Term Opportunities

 

Weekend Warrior

Our Weekend Warrior program allows you to take a dog out of the shelter for a weekend. This is a great opportunity for a shelter dog to get some quality time away from the shelter. Weekend Warrior is a great option for someone looking to help foster an animal with a shorter time commitment. The information that you learn about the animal, even within a few days, helps us better match the animal with potential adopters. Learn more about our Weekend Warrior program.

Time Commitment: 4 days.

 

Rescue Transport Fostering

We are very fortunate to work with many rescue organizations throughout the United States. Our Rescue Coordinators work very hard to set our animals up for success, even if that is outside our shelter walls. When a rescue organization commits to taking one of our animals, we look to place that animal awaiting transport into a foster home to help free space in our shelters.

Time Commitment: 1-3 weeks.

 

Spay/Neuter Surgery Recovery

All animals in our care must be spayed or neutered before going home with an adopter. After surgery, spending their recovery in foster care is a great break from the shelter. When they return, they are ready for immediate adoption.

Time Commitment: 10 days.

 

Foster to Forever

We understand that adopting a new furry friend can be an overwhelming decision with many factors at play. To help ease this process, we allow potential adopters to foster the animal in their home for 2 weeks. This trial adoption allows the family and the dog to better identify if this will be a successful long-term match. After 2 weeks, we will reach out to discuss next steps.

Time Commitment: 2 weeks.

 

Friendly Finders

This program allows county residents who have found a stray animal the opportunity to foster that animal in their home for 5 days while we search for its owner. After the 5 days, if no owner is located, the Friendly Finder may adopt that animal, continue to foster, or bring the animal back to our shelter to be placed for adoption. Learn more about our Friendly Finders program here.

Time Commitment: 5 days.

 

Long-Term Opportunities

 

Dog Fostering

Foster with LifeLine!

Many dogs in our care are happy, healthy, and ready to find their forever home. Space in the shelter is very limited and it is important that our animals find a foster home to make space for the 40-60 animals entering our shelters daily. All they need from you is a comfy place to stay, a little love, and help finding their perfect match!

Time Commitment: until adoption.

 

Behavior Fostering

Many of our animals benefit from one-on-one attention in a foster home. This allows them to overcome shyness, learn basic obedience, have space to run and play, and generally decompress from the overcrowded shelter life.

Time Commitment: 1-6 months.

 

Medical/Heartworm Treatment

Whether they're recovering from surgery, need treatment for heartworms, or have a condition that needs a little extra attention, the animals in our care that have special medical needs benefit from living in a quiet, non-stressful environment to heal. All vet care and medical costs are covered by LifeLine.

Time Commitment: 1-6 months.

 

Mom & Puppies

When a pregnant dog or mom and her puppies comes into our care, placing them into foster care is critical to ensure that her puppies can stay healthy and be socialized until they are old enough to be adopted.

Time Commitment: birth-2 months.

 

Kitten Fostering

During the Spring and Summer months, we see an influx in kittens coming into our shelters, many of which are very young and not yet ready for adoption. Our kitten foster parents provide a space in their home for the kittens to grow, learn social skills, and develop strong immune systems. Learn more about our Kitten Sittin’ program.

Time Commitment: birth-2 months.

 

Fospice (Foster + Hospice)

Sometimes we discover that an animal has a medical condition that significantly shortens their lifespan. In situations like these, we would prefer that the animal spends its remaining days in a loving home instead of a crowded, noisy shelter. Being a fospice parent can be emotionally challenging but equally rewarding.

Time Commitment: situationally dependent.

 

Court-Case Foster

Some animals that come into our care are severely neglected or were abused by their previous owner. The condition of the animal may be so poor that the county pursues legal action against the owner. Animals that are part of a court case are not available for adoption, as they are still legal property of their owner but can be fostered to begin their journey towards rehabilitation.

Time Commitment: situationally dependent.

 

 

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