500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton MA 01748 508-435-6938

Becoming a foster family

We're actively seeking foster homes for dogs, cats, and kittens. 

Fostering a dog

We need volunteers who can temporarily foster a dog in their home. Typically the dogs who need foster homes are those who are tougher to adopt, due to shyness or behavioral issues. They may need help learning new skills or simply need a calm home where they can decompress until they find a forever home. 

We also need foster homes for dogs who need extra care due to an illness or injury.

Adult only homes with no other pets are highly desired as dog foster homes, although some of our shy foster dogs will benefit from living in a home with another dog. You don't need to have fostering experience, but dog experience is ideal. Any experience with positive training is a big plus!

The ideal foster home for a dog is someone who will:

A fenced yard would be a great bonus but is not necessary.

I’m interested in fostering a dog.



Fostering a cat or kittens

The ideal foster home for cats/kittens is someone who:
•    Has an isolated space such as a bedroom or finished, heated basement where kittens/mom can feel safe.
•    Is able to transport kittens to the vet if they become ill, and to the shelter every three weeks for distemper shots
•    Is not away from home for more than six hours a day (or less if the kittens are very young)

I’m interested in fostering a cat and/or kittens.

If you’re considering fostering a dog or cat, please make sure that your current animals are up-to-date on all vaccinations and are spayed/neutered. It’s also important that you or a family member have enough time at home to play and interact with the animal. Time commitments for fosters vary. Some may be just a few weeks while others may be longer.

We'd be glad to answer any questions you have. Please check out our fostering FAQs pageemail us, or call 508-435-6938.