When you foster a dog, you’re helping to save a life, providing them with socialization opportunities, and providing relief from kennel stress, which makes them more adoptable. Fostering is perfect for those that are unable to have a long-term pet. Dogs available for foster are typically large dogs or have special needs. Foster agreements are generally for 3 months, but may be shorter if the dog finds an adoptive home. We ask that each foster share their foster journey, in person or through social media, to help find an adoptive home for the dog they are fostering. If you think you might be interested in fostering or have more questions, please contact us: (209) 420-2482 or Foster@apl209.org

What’s Required:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Resident animals MUST be current on vaccinations
  • Must abide by requirements of Large-Dog Foster contract
  • Safe, healthy environment, with 6’ fences to prevent dog from escaping
  • Ability to bring foster dog into the shelter for vaccines and/or medical appointments
  • Ability to administer medications to foster, if needed

What’s Provided:

For a limited time only: Receive a FREE spay/neuter voucher for your owned pet when you foster underage kittens or puppies! Click for info.

Bottle-fed kittens or puppies require additional training. Bottle feeding every few hours is a lot of work, and it’s not for everybody. We have tremendous appreciation for the few, dedicated souls that give so generously! Our Fosters are these puppy’s and kitten’s final hope. Check out our guidelines for Underage Fosters and see if it’s right for you.
Email: Foster@apl209.org
Call: (209)420-0242

For complete information, download and read our foster manuals:

Underage Foster Manual
Kitten Foster Manual
Puppy Foster Manual

What’s Required:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Resident animals MUST be current on vaccinations
  • Must abide by requirements in Underage Foster contract
  • Safe, healthy environment, separate from resident animals
  • Ability to bring fosters into the shelter for vaccines and/or medical appointments
  • Ability to administer medications to fosters, if needed
  • Signed Volunteer Application & Waiver, and Foster Agreement

What’s Provided:

  • Food and/or formula
  • Bottles and other supplies
  • Warming disks and blankets
  • Litter or puppy pads
  • Crates
  • Medicines/medical treatment/vaccines, if necessary
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