Foster Volunteers are Lifesavers
Have you longed to raise puppies or kittens? Would you like to help animals and raise a litter at the same time?
Each year, kittens and puppies are born with no one to take care of them. Most humane organizations cannot take care of underage puppies and kittens because they do not have the personnel to provide the special attention for these little ones. They need people who are willing to raise the puppies and kittens until they are 8 to 10 weeks old when they can be returned to the shelter to be spayed or neutered and placed in permanent homes.
At LA Animal Services, our ability to take in these abandoned animals is directly dependent on the number of reliable foster volunteers we have waiting to take these babies home to raise. We believe foster homes are the future of lifesaving. The more foster volunteers we have, the more lives we can save.
Our foster volunteers are a rugged group of very caring people who do everything from bottle feeding orphaned babies around the clock, to socializing little ones to ensure that they look forward to human and animal interaction. The foster volunteers provide care, safety and love.
If you have the time and can allocate some space in your home for puppies or kittens, fill out a Foster Application and bring it to your nearest LA City shelter. It will be a labor of love that will leave you with great memories to cherish long after your foster animals have been placed into permanent loving homes.
LA Animal Services will offer you as much training as you need. Help from our staff is just a phone call away. Each of our fosters parents are given training which may be quite short if you’re wanting to foster an adult dog who desperately needs to get out of the busy, noisy and many times frightening shelter environment, or longer if you need to be trained in Baby Bottle Feeding of kittens or puppies.
Not only does our foster program maximize the number of animals rescued and saved, it allows LA Animal Services to care for animals who would be difficult to care for in our shelter environment-orphaned or shy kittens or dogs needing one-on-one behavior rehabilitation. For animals who may need a break from the sometimes crazy shelter environment, foster care provides a comfortable home setting that keeps these foster companions happy and healthy. And now YOU have the opportunity to involve yourself in this lifesaving mission.
Foster care volunteers provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats. Some animals may only need a home for several days or weeks, while others may need several months of care. By offering your home to an animal in need, you prepare an animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as DIRECTLY SAVING LIVES by fostering animals from our overcrowded shelters. LA Animal Services is always looking for foster families to help save more animal lives.
Foster parenting can be more flexible than other volunteer jobs that require people to show up for a specific shift during limited times of the day and for a committed length of time. LA Animal Services Foster program is flexible, fun and rewarding once you’re learned how to take care of your temporary companion animals!
For example, you might be a family that is available to foster a litter of kittens for two weeks; GREAT! LA Animal Services will give you some six-week-old kittens so in two weeks they can be put up for adoption at one of our shelters! Or, we can give you a litter of four-week-old kittens who you can place in another foster home after two weeks.
LA Animal Services Foster program isn’t just for kittens. As long as you can give some love and time to these orphaned animals. Any animal you take in will benefit from foster care:
- Orphaned kittens and puppies.
- Underaged, self-feeding kittens and puppies (4 – 8 weeks old).
- Mother cat or dog with nursing kittens or puppies.
- Shy or fearful animals who need socialization.
- Healthy older adult animals (who are usually already house trained) who could benefit from home care—especially in the spring and summer when the youngsters are getting the attention.
We believe that the animals who enter our shelters deserve to have the best possible chance at finding a loving home of their own. A foster parent has one of the most important jobs at the shelter. Foster parents make sure our animals get the home care and attention they deserve as they wait for adoption. As a foster parent you’ll not only save the lives of animals in your care, but you’ll give other animals coming into the shelter the space they need. If those aren’t enough reasons to become a foster parent, consider these:
- Foster animals are temporary companions offering their love freely.
- You’ll be helping to socialize a shelter animal so they become more adoptable and better companions.
- You can put that spare bedroom to good use.
- You’ll delight at the smiles on the faces of the family that adopts your foster animal and possibly make new friends along the way.
- Fostering helps you explore many different breeds of dogs and cats to help you decide which traits you’d like in your next companion animal.
- If for some reason you can’t keep a full-time companion animal, fostering for short time periods is an ideal solution.
- You’ll know that you’re making a huge difference in the lives of your fosters.
Kitten Care Handbook
Fostering Puppies Information
Urgent Need for Kitten Foster Volunteers
Become a kitten foster and save lives! LA Animal Services receives thousands of young kittens every year. The shelters ability to save many of these orphaned animals is directly dependent on the number of foster volunteers waiting to take these babies home to provide temporary foster care.
Fostering is a fun, temporary commitment that makes a huge lifesaving impact at our City shelters. This is a great way to be a big hero to a tiny soul. Foster kittens and help make L.A. a no-kill city!
Foster Volunteers are needed for:
- Momma cats with nursing kittens
- Unweaned kittens (bottle feeders)
- Young kittens eating on their own
Foster volunteers are the future of life-saving. If you are available for a couple of weeks or a month, please help orphaned kittens get the chance they need for a happy life.
In need donation items include:
- Food Scale (For weighing and tracking growth of our kittens!)
- Kitten Formula (KMR)
- Heating Pad
- Royal Canin BabyCat Dry Food
- Miracle Nipples
- Fleece & baby blankets
- Ceramic bowls for food & water
Visit our Amazon Wish List for a complete list of items.
Ready to get started?
Print and bring your completed Foster Application and photo ID to your nearest LA City Animal Services Center or ask for a Foster Application at any of our six shelters. We’ll set you up with an adorable kitten or kittens to begin fostering right away!
If you are already an approved Foster Volunteer, let your shelter know when you are available to care for some kittens.
Learn more about LA Animal Services Foster program.
Do you have time to be a bottle baby foster? Attend an upcoming orientation!