Thank you for your interest in fostering! Pet Haven’s foster program is a critical component of our mission. Opening your home to a dog or cat in need is an incredibly rewarding experience and helps save cats and dogs in need!

  • For an application to be a dog foster, click here.

  • If you are interested in being a cat foster, click here.

What does it mean to be a Pet Haven foster home?

Pet Haven foster homes provide housing to cats and dogs waiting to find their forever homes. Pet Haven pays all costs associated with housing the animal, including food, kennels, litter boxes, veterinary care, and supplies. You provide a safe and loving home for animals in need,, and really become the best advocate for the animal in your care. As a foster, you will know the specific needs of the animal, and can help determine what type of home would be the right one for your foster cat or dog. You would also attend adoption events (usually twice per month for a couple hours over the weekend) with your foster animal .

I’m not the most experienced pet owner, can I still be a foster?

Yes! Pet Haven is lucky to have dog and cat volunteers with a wealth of knowledge about having a cat or dog in your home. All foster families are assigned to a foster “pod” that is lead by a pod coordinator. The pod coordinator is the go-to person for all questions about your foster cat or dog. You’ve always got an army of volunteers to help you along the way!

What if I already have a dog or cat at home?

Our dog and cat volunteers work very hard to make sure everyone is comfortable with a foster placement. Pet Haven works with its foster homes to make sure the animals placed in their care are a good fit for both the two-legged and four legged members of the foster family!

What if I’m going out of town?

Pet Haven has a tremendous network of “respite” fosters as well as boarding facilities that provide back-up care during time away. We ask that you work with your pod coordinator as soon as you know of out-of-town plans to arrange for respite care.

How long of a commitment is fostering?

If you decide to become a Pet Haven foster, we ask for a one-year commitment. During that year you may foster one animal, or several. Pet Haven understands that you may need a short break between fosters, and that is OK. If you aren’t sure you want to be a full time foster, consider respite fostering for short-term needs! (e.g holidays, weekends, time when full time fosters are out of tonw).

How do you say good bye to a foster dog or cat? Don’t you want to keep them all?


It is definitely a bittersweet moment when your foster animal finds its forever home. Knowing that you can open your home up to a new foster animal in need helps make those goodbyes a little easier. A quote from the website sums up the importance of fostering:

“So how do I prevent myself from becoming too attached? I never think of a foster dog as ‘mine.’ Each dog already belongs to someone else — it just so happens that I haven’t met that person yet. The dogs just stay with me until their special person is able to come and take them home. Another foster volunteer looks for minor, arbitrary faults in each new dog: ‘Oh, well, we don’t need another male.’ ‘This one’s nice, but we already have a white one.’ And of course the easiest way to keep from getting too attached is to remember that there is another dog that needs my help after this one goes home.”