• Owned pets and/or people could catch a disease or parasites from a foster animal
  • Owned pets and/or people could be injured by a foster animal
  • Sick animals could expire in foster care or have to return to the shelter for humane euthanasia

Yes. If you decide that you would like to adopt your foster pet, notify the foster coordinators as soon as possible. They will advise you how to proceed.

The program encourages and empowers foster parents to find adopters for the pets in their care. However, this is not required. See ‘Finding Forever Homes’ section above for additional details.

The average time spent in foster care is 2-6 weeks, but may differ depending on the foster animal’s specific needs.

  • Regular internet and email access
  • Transportation to and from Austin Animal Center
  • Permission from the landlord if renting
  • Enough room in the foster home to isolate foster pets from owned pets
  • Up-to-date rabies vaccinations for all pets in the home
  • We also strongly encourage interested foster care providers to discuss fostering with their veterinarian, as their veterinarian may suggest additional vaccinations to protect owned pets

Nursing cats and dogs and puppies and kittens are provided with food. Adult dogs and cats - due to their unique dietary needs - are not provided food. All vet care is provided by the shelter while it remains in foster care. Toys, bedding, litter and liter boxes, bowls, crates, etc are expected to be provided by the foster home.

Any disease or parasites contracted by the foster parent’s owned pet is the responsibility of the foster parent and his/her personal veterinarian.