Foster an Animal

Love animals and want to help? You just supply the tender loving care!

What is the Foster Care Program?

The foster program is a lifesaving extension of the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. Foster parents provide temporary homes for animals that aren’t quite ready for adoption and is a personal and gratifying way to contribute to saving the life of a homeless animal. We have a number of wonderful, dedicated foster families who work with us, but we are always in need of more. The program is administered by CASA (Coastal Animal Services Authority) and funded by Pet Project Foundation.

How Long Will I be Fostering an Animal?

The time required to foster varies depending on the species and the reason for foster; it can be as little as one week or as long as several months depending on the needs of the particular animal. Our foster coordinators will work with you to make sure we match you with an animal that is right for your lifestyle and schedule.

Which Animals Need Fostering?

Animals are fostered for a variety of reasons. Foster families provide the love and stability these animals need to be happy and healthy. When an animal has been in a foster home, it is more confident and social and is likely to get adopted more quickly.

In general, the types of animal who need foster care are:
  • Orphaned kittens, puppies and bunnies
  • Pregnant moms
  • Moms with babies
  • Adult dogs, cats or rabbits in need of socialization
  • Dogs, cats or rabbits being treated for or recuperating from medical conditions
What about Expenses?

Pet Project Foundation will cover the cost of veterinary care and medicine, food and supplies.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Home?

Taking care of a foster animal involves feeding, cleaning, grooming, socializing and generally providing a lot of love and TLC. Because some rescued animals are sick, stressed, or frightened, they may require additional care. Animals with medical conditions may require trips to the vet and administering medication. Small kittens, puppies and bunnies may require bottle feeding and a few trips to the shelter to receive vaccinations. A frightened animal may require extra weeks of attention and socialization to become ready for adoption.

How Do I Become a Foster Parent?

For more information on our foster program and to learn how to become a foster parent, call the Pet Project Foundation phone line at 949-595-8899 or email us at

Expectations of Pet Project Foundation Volunteers:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit an application and attend appropriate orientation and training sessions
  • Be able to make a commitment of at least 6 months to your volunteer position
  • Report to assigned shift on time and stay until the end of your shift
  • Notify the volunteer coordinator if you are unable to come in for your assigned shift
  • Follow the direction of paid staff at all times
  • Learn and follow the policies of the shelter
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the season and to your assignment
  • Report accidents and bites promptly to staff
  • Interact courteously and professionally with staff, guests and volunteers
  • Become a member of Pet Project Foundation by paying the annual dues - a volunteer t-shirt is included with initial fee