Animal Shelter - Foster

Would you like a way to help homeless pets without committing to a lifetime of pet ownership?  Are you willing to open you home to provide love and socialization to a pet that isn’t quite ready to be adopted?  Do you want to help care for motherless puppies and kittens until they are old enough to find their forever homes?  Foster care might be the perfect option for your family!


Becoming a foster family        

With over 100 foster families, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter relies on its foster program to provide extra care for special needs animals.  Some of the types of animals who need temporary foster placement are:

  • Animals who are sick and injured and need special medical care and a home where they can recover
  • Dogs who are being treated for heartworm and need a quiet place to rest
  • Neo-natal kittens who need around-the-clock care, including bottle-feeding
  • Young animals and animals who need further socialization and training prior to being made available for adoption
  • Long-term shelter residents who would benefit from a break from the shelter environment

Time commitments range from just an hour, to a weekend, to several months, depending on your availability and interests.

Learn more about our Power Hour foster program or taking a shelter dog for a hike. To participate in either of these programs, you need to apply to be a foster and attend an orientation.

To get involved, complete a foster care application.  Applicants will be contacted to attend a training session before they are able to foster an animal.  The placement coordinator can be reached by calling 703-324-0220 or by email.

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