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Foster Care Program

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a foster parent? In this video, North Shore Animal League America spokesperson and volunteer Beth Stern and her husband Howard share their first experience caring for six orphaned kittens and finding them their perfect adopters in this Howard TV Original Production.

Love animals and live in the New York Metro area? Consider becoming a Foster Care Parent and open your heart and home to an animal.

What’s Foster Care?

Foster care is an opportunity to care for an animal that’s not yet ready for adoption. It’s an alternative for animal lovers who can’t make a long-term commitment, but still want to help rescue animals.

Fostering is a truly rewarding experience

The Animal League provides all no-cost medical care at our medical center, plus the basic needs of each foster care pet including food, bowls, crate, litter, and more.

Why is the Foster Care Program so important?

The Animal League regularly rescues animals that would be euthanized due to a lack of space at other shelters that destroy pets for population control, or a special medical, or age related issue.  As a foster parent you are helping an animal in need and you’re also providing the added space needed to bring another animal to the shelter— that’s saving another life!

What kinds of people are eligible to become foster care parents?

All kinds!  We match the perfect foster care pet to your individual needs.  Whether you work or stay at home, have a small amount of time or want to make a full-time commitment, we have a pet that needs your help.  Fostering lets you make a difference in an animal's life.  We are looking for caring, compassionate individuals, 21 or older, who live within 50 miles of our Port Washington, NY shelter. Is that you?

Which pets need Foster Care?

  • Kittens and puppies that are too young
    for adoption
  • Cat and dog nursing litters that need a quiet home to thrive
  • Cats and dogs recovering from surgery, illness, or injury that need a comfortable place to heal
  • Senior pets or other pets that have special needs


How do I become a Foster Care Parent?

Simply complete and submit our online application and a foster care representative will contact you to review the application and answer any questions that you may have.

    Frequently asked questions about fostering and the
    Foster Care Program