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 making an impact and directly contributing to LifeLine’s mission of ending the euthanasia of healthy, treatable, and adoptable pets.

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DOGS

Learn more about dog fostering opportunities below

CATS

Learn more about cat fostering opportunities below.

DOGS
Short-Term Fostering
Friendly Finder

If you found a lost dog, become a Friendly Finder and help reunite him with their family.

Temporary Rescue/Transport Fostering

Surprisingly, there are some animal shelters in U.S. cities that are practically empty and welcome pets from out-of-state shelters. We transfer pets to these shelters. By law, all transport animals must be held away from the shelter for at least 14 days prior to transport, so we regularly need temporary foster homes for these dogs.

Spay/Neuter Surgery Recovery

Foster homes are an ideal place for our dogs to recover after surgery, and when they return, they are ready for immediate adoption.

Weekend Warrior

Take a dog out of the shelter for the weekend! Learn more about our Weekend Warriors program.

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Long-Term Fostering
General Fostering

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 pets entering our shelters daily. All they need from you is a comfy place to stay, a little love, and help finding their perfect match!

Behavior Modification

Some of our pups need help with specific behaviors such as shyness/fearfulness, resource guarding, leash reactivity, and separation anxiety. These dogs greatly benefit from one-on-one attention in a foster home where they can continue the specialized training.

Young, Medical and Heartworm+

Whether they are young puppies with fragile immune systems, dogs recovering from surgery or elderly dogs who need calmer surroundings, pets with special needs benefit from living in a quiet environment where they can heal. All veterinary costs are covered by LifeLine.

Fospice (Foster + Hospice)

Fospice volunteers provide loving homes for a shelter pet who has received a terminal diagnosis. Instead of a noisy shelters, these pets spend their remaining time in a loving home where they thrive. Being a fospice parent can be emotionally challenging, but our fospice volunteers share that it is equally rewarding.

Court-Case Holds

Sometimes a dog comes into our care who was neglected or abused. Their condition may be so poor that the county pursues legal action against the owner. When this happens, the pet will not be available for adoption until the case goes to court, and the judge releases the pet to us months later. A noisy shelter is not a good place for an abused pet to rehabilitate. You can foster a court-case hold dog and help that pet begin to heal.

Mom and Babies

When a pregnant dog or new mother and her litter come into our care, placing them into foster care is critical to ensure that the babies stay healthy and learn proper socialization skills.

CATS
Short-Term Fostering

If you found a lost cat or kitten, become a Friendly Finder and help reunite them with her family.

Weaned Kittens

When kittens are old enough to eat on their own but not yet old enough to be spayed or neutered, they benefit from living in a foster home where they can continue to grow and play until they are ready to be adopted.

Temporary Rescue/Transport Fostering

Surprisingly, there are some animal shelters in U.S. cities that are practically empty and welcome pets from out-of-state shelters. We transfer pets to these shelters. By law, all transport animals must be held away from the shelter for at least 14 days prior to transport, so we regularly need temporary foster homes for these cats.

Two cute foster kittens on a lap
Long-Term Fostering
Bottle Babies

Fosters for these neonatal kittens act as surrogate mothers. Bottle babies must be fed formula every two-to-four hours, stimulated to go to the bathroom, kept on a heat source, weighed before each feeding and closely monitored for illnesses. Foster parents tell us it’s more than worth the effort when they see the babies grow and thrive.

Families (Mom and Babies)

When a pregnant cat or a new mom and her litter come into our care, placing them into foster care is critical to ensure that the babies stay healthy and learn proper socialization skills.

Special Needs (Socialization/Medical)

Whether they are kittens who need additional socialization, cats recovering from surgery or injury, cats with a specific medical concern or elderly cats who need a calmer environment, cats with special needs benefit from living in a quiet, non-stressful environment where they can heal. All veterinary costs are covered by LifeLine.

Court-Case Holds

Sometimes a cat comes into our care who was neglected or abused. Their condition may be so poor that the county pursues legal action against the owner. When this happens, the pet will not be available for adoption until the case goes to court, and the judge releases the pet to us months later. A noisy shelter is not a good place for an abused pet to rehabilitate. You can foster a court-case hold cat and help that pet begin to heal.

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