They’re not asking for forever ... just right now! Being a foster parent is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities that we have to offer. You get to cuddle with cute baby kittens and puppies, care for animals during their medical treatment and help find them homes! Don’t fret, we’ll provide you with everything you need to care for your foster animal, like this Behavior and Training Guide for foster dogs, and set you and your furry foster up for success! If you’re interested in becoming a foster, our program coordinator will help you determine which type of foster will be the best fit for you!
Different Types of Fostering
Fast Track provides adoptable dogs a unique opportunity to meet potential adopters in the community. Foster parents are tasked with making the animal visible in the community by going on walks, visiting the park and celebrating happy hour in true New Orleans style!
Kitten Krewe is by far our most popular foster group in New Orleans, especially during kitten season! Because kittens must be at least 2 lbs. before they can be spayed or neutered, we need fosters to care for them until they get big enough. We do try to keep litters together when possible so expect to care for at least one or more kittens.
Transport fostering is most often our shortest foster commitment. We transport animals across the country to partner shelters for adoption on a regular basis. Transport fosters are needed to care for our animals going on transport to free up space for other adoptables.
Medical or social fostering is one of the most rewarding foster opportunities but also the most difficult. Some of our animals require socialization before being available for adoption and will benefit from spending time in a home environment. Other times, our animals need extra TLC from a foster during or after medical treatments.