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Improve the Lives of Homeless Pets

Pets thrive in homes. Open your heart and home to a shelter pet for a weekend, a few weeks or longer. Help keep them happy and healthy, and free up limited shelter space for other pets who enter our shelters.  

Why Foster?

There is nothing like the love and warmth of a family. Fostering enables pets to thrive in a home where they are less stressed and better socialized. Thus, they are less likely to get sick than pets in shelters.

Fostering is also important for pets who are too young to be at the shelter due to their fragile immune system. Pets can have a quiet space to heal from an illness or surgery or specialized attention to improve on various behaviors.

We provide the vet care, supplies, support and adoption assistance. Share your home with a shelter pet and help save a life!


Checkout a few of our dog fostering opportunities below.

General Fostering

Many dogs in our care are happy, healthy and ready to find their forever home. All they need from you is a comfy place to stay, a little love, and help finding their perfect match!

Weekend Warriors

Let a shelter dog spend their weekend with you! From exploring Atlanta to hanging out at home, help us learn more about our dogs to help us find them their perfect home.

Medical Treatment

Pets with special medical needs benefit from living in a quiet, non-stressful environment where they can heal. All veterinary costs are covered by LifeLine.

Rescue Transport

Foster a pet for a few weeks before s/he travel out of state to one of our wonderful rescue partners.


Checkout a few of our cat fostering opportunities below.

Bottle Babies

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.


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 will learn proper socialization skills.

Special Needs

Some kittens and cats need additional socialization or may have a specific medical concern that is best cared for in a foster home.

Weaned Kittens

When kittens are old enough to eat on their own but too young to be spayed or neutered, they benefit from living in a foster home where they continue to grow and play until they are ready for adoption.

LifeLine donor wearing a mask, holding hands with a shelter dog

"Its a feeling like no other"

“Watching a foster pet thrive, learn, grow and come out of their shell in your home is a feeling like no other. It’s so hard to say goodbye when they get adopted, but updates from their new family make it all worth it!”

– Alexis, foster parent since 2017



We want to make fostering with us as accessible as possible, however we do have some requirements for participating. 

To get started, complete the dog or cat foster questionnaire. We’ll reach out when a pet meeting your criteria is ready. If you have dogs, we can arrange a meet and greet with your pets at our shelters. Our greatest need is foster homes for medium-to-large (40-60lbs) dogs.


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live within a reasonable travel distance to your chosen shelter
  • Provide transportation for veterinary visits or emergencies
  • Offer a safe, indoor, temperature-controlled space and adequate food
  • Stay in contact with your Foster Coordinator and Foster Coach
  • Allow a periodic home visit every 6 months, which is required by GA law


Every donation helps us keep people & pets together.

You can make a difference and help save lives!


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