Our Foster Program has been paused while we look for a volunteer to coordinate the program. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please check back with us at a later date.   



Why are Fosters Needed?

We need fosters for various reasons. Sometimes an animal isn’t adjusting well to a shelter environment or they have had a medical procedure that requires an extra level of care that is better suited for a home environment. Sometimes, we simply need a place for AN animal to stay until space ups up AT our shelter.

When you foster an animal you are doing more than you can imagine. Not only are you freeing up a run at our shelter so we can rescue more animals in need, you are giving your foster an even better chance at an adoption. You are taking that animal away from the stress of being in a shelter and providing a temporary home where they can learn to become part of a family and perhaps overcome some fears. Most all, you are keeping them safe and giving them the love and attention they need. Fostering isn’t always easy, but it’s always rewarding and without our dedicated fosters, there would be fewer dogs and cats finding their forever homes.

Foster Process


Complete a
foster application.


Once your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to schedule a home visit by one of our Foster team members. The purpose of the home visit is to get to know you and your home better so we can make the best possible decision about who to place with you. It’s important for the animal to feel safe and secure, and it’s important that you are comfortable having a new animal in your home.


After you have been approved, and signed our Foster Agreement, we will contact you when there is a fostering need. The choice to accept an animal is always yours and you always have the option to decline.


Fostering is one of most important life-saving things anyone can do to help with animal rescue. ANY assistance with fostering GREATLY helps CAAR meet its mission of rescuing animals. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email us.

Foster FAQ

What is expected from me as a foster?

The primary expectation is that you will provide proper care for the animal in a safe and loving environment. But, you also play a critical role in learning as much as possible about an animal. Is the animal afraid of storms? Does he prefer being outside more than inside? Does she play well with other animals and children? Is he fearful or calm? Is he fearful of men? This is all helpful information and things that will help potential adopters know if this is the best dog or cat for them.

You are also expected to participate in our adoption efforts. This includes allowing potential adopters to meet your foster. This may be at your home or at our shelter. You will also be expected to bring your foster to our meet and greet events which are held at various locations.

Can I choose which animal I want to foster?

Rescue animals come in all shapes, sizes, and ages and we want to work with you to make sure your foster is a good match. Once you have become an approved foster, we will match you with an animal that would be the best fit for your home and your lifestyle. There is also a need for fosters who specialize in puppies or dogs with special needs which can be medical or emotional. If you have an interest in becoming a more specialized foster, please let us know.

How long will the foster animal be with me?

It’s difficult to predict how long an animal will stay with you. Sometimes it may be just an overnight visit, but it can also mean a commitment of several weeks or months. The most important thing we need from you is a safe, loving place where the animal can stay for a period of time.

What if I need to leave town for a trip?

You can bring your foster to the shelter to stay with us while you are gone IF we have available space. We do everything we can to accommodate requests like this and ask that you give us as much notice as possible.

Am I responsible for any costs?

We pay all vet costs associated with animals in foster care, including immunizations, medications, and vet visits. We can also help you with food for your foster if needed.

Can I use my own vet?

We appreciate that you may have a vet who has cared for your personal pets, but we have agreements with numerous veterinary hospitals who care for CAAR rescues at greatly reduced costs. All fosters must be seen at one of our veterinary partners for any medical treatments or spay/neuter procedures.

How is my foster transported to appointments?

If you are willing and able to take your animal to its vet appointments, that’s ideal. Appointments can be arranged to meet your schedule. This will allow you to interact directly with the veterinarian and receive any instructions firsthand. It is our policy that animals must be transported in a carrier. If you don’t have a carrier, we are happy to loan you one while you are fostering.
If your work or family schedules do not make it convenient for you to transport your foster animal yourself, we will make every attempt to find a volunteer who can help

What if I fall in love & want to adopt my foster?

We do not allow “foster to adopt” arrangements, but sometimes, a foster animal is such a perfect match that they become permanent members of the family. If that happens, and you decide you want to adopt your foster, and if the animal is available for adoption, you would go through our standard adoption process and pay the standard adoption fee. The exception to this would be if someone has already applied for and been approved to adopt the animal.

What happens after my foster has found a new home?

It’s not unusual for adopters to send us follow up emails and updates with pictures and stories. These “Happy Tails” are a wonderful way for you to see the results of your efforts and the life you helped save.

To assist in this, we encourage our fosters to write a note that will accompany your animal to its new home. Include information that you learned about the animal while he was in your care, any tricks you may have taught him, techniques you used, etc. Also include a way for the new family to reach you whether by cell phone, home address, Facebook, etc.

Are you ready to become part of our amazing foster team?

If you answered yes, just complete our online Foster Application below. Once your application has been reviewed we will contact you to set up a home visit where we can meet with you personally.

Charlie's Angels Foster Application

Thank You To Our Partners Who Support Our Work

We rely on generous sponsors to help us continue our mission to save animals.

Aloft Hotels
Petco Foundation
Lost Pet U.S.A.
Hunter Hometown Foundation
Chewy Gives Back