Become a Foster

To foster a dog or cat, please click on the Apply Now button below

Thinking of adopting, but not sure you are ready for the commitment?
Want to save a life and be rewarded in tail wags and kisses?
Try fostering and become part of our Pet Rescue family!

Over the years, Pet Rescue has successfully placed thousands of cats and dogs into permanent, loving homes. This is in thanks to the work of our foster families who prepare our rescues for life as a proper family pet. But there are always more animals to save!

The average foster lasts a few weeks and all cats/dogs are screened for health and temperament. We provide basic supplies, veterinary care, and guidance. You provide love, training, and a home. The care and attention of foster families allow Pet Rescue to expertly match our cats/dogs with prospective homes.

If you live in Westchester or Southern Fairfield counties and are willing to care for a foster cat/dog, please submit an application and join the Pet Rescue family. Fostering is a fun and immensely rewarding experience you will never forget.



"What a love we have found in Doc! He is the perfect dog! Please know how grateful we are to you for your hand in bringing us Doc. We feel so blessed to have such a beautiful dog!"
- Celeste (Darien, CT)

"Olive (now Madison) is doing wonderfully. We wanted to say thank you for fostering her and letting us take her home! She is a very special kitty."

- Nicole & Michael (Hawthorne, NJ)

"Thank you for everything you do for all the animals! It's obvious to us that you gave him a lot of love and attention - please know that we will continue the same."

- Lisa & Patti (Stamford, CT)



Top 10 Reasons to Foster

10. Enjoy furry companionship without a lifetime commitment.

9. Get out and meet great new people.

8. Teach family members great life lessons.

7. Learn more about dogs & cats, behavior, grooming, and health.

6. Enhance your own pet’s social skills.

5. Increase your foster pet’s chances of finding a great new home.

4. Help without spending money.

3. Feel good about yourself.

2. Teach an old dog or cat new tricks – it is fun!


Frequently Asked Questions

It really depends. The average foster dog is adopted to a wonderful, forever family in less than a few weeks. For kittens, 3-4 weeks, depending on their age. Adults take a little longer. Of course, there are exceptions to any rule.

Some of the cats/dogs listed on the Pet Rescue website are already in foster care. New foster families are carefully matched to a foster cat/dog based on criteria provided by the family during the screening process.

Pet Rescue has both veterinarians, trainers and experienced volunteers to help foster families work through any problems with their fosters. If the situation is just not working out, dogs/cats can be moved quickly to another foster home.

Foster families sometimes find it too difficult to let their foster dog/cat go to a new home. While Pet Rescue would prefer you adopt out the dog/cat and save another life by fostering again, we understand that this is not always possible. In these cases, it is permissible to adopt your foster dog/cat. However, Pet Rescue asks that you decide within the first three days of fostering if you will adopt.

Pet Rescue works with several high-kill shelters in the South, as well as locally to rescue our dogs. Most are picked up as strays off the street or turned in by owners. Failure to spay/neuter leads to an endless cycle of unwanted dogs and pups. Many of our cats and kittens come from local surrenders. During kitten season, we are inundated with phone calls about litters of kittens. We also help with local TNR and find that some of the cats are friendly enough for adoption.