Fostering for the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, CA

What is Fostering?
Foster homes provide an alternative to the shelter’s kennel environment for animals in need of more time and attention.  Foster homes provide the environment, special attention and time that shelter staff cannot.

Why Foster?
Many dogs and cats cannot go directly into the shelter’s adoption building due to health, behavioral issues or age.  Young kittens and puppies need foster care until they are 8 weeks old, at which time they can be legally adopted.  Sick or injured animals need foster care until they are well enough for adoption.  In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a shelter.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?
The time is based on the individual needs of the specific animal.  For most, foster care is provided on a very short term basis ranging from several days to a few weeks. Other cases can require a longer commitment.

What does a Foster Family Do?

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
  • Provide food, water, litter, toys/play & lots of love
  • Provide exercise & socialization as appropriate; as well as monitor medical and/or behavioral issues
  • Transport to/from any necessary veterinarian appointments and to/from offsite adoption events

Fostering an animal in need has rewards too numerous to list.  Knowing you have helped save a life is it’s own reward. Providing the care and time required to help an animal in need is a feeling like no other. Fostering is also a way to have an animal companion and help an animal without a lifetime commitment.

“To foster an animal is a great GIFT and act of KINDNESS.The animals hold a special place in your HEART and you make a world of DIFFERENCE in their lives”

We can’t do it without you

Please contact: Front Street Animal Shelter’s Foster/Rescue Coordinators
Dogs: Lori Rhoades,
Cats: Nikki Barnett,

Visit our Website at:

2127 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: 916-808-7387: Wednesday – Friday  12:00 pm – 5:30 pm.  Saturday – Sunday 12:00 pm. – 5:00 pm

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