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Want to Save the Lives of Newborn Puppies and Kittens? Be a Foster Parent!

Every month, North Shore Animal League America rescues dozens of pregnant dogs and cats, nursing mothers and their litters, and orphans in need of care. With the arrival of spring, we have more mothers and litters in need of fostering than ever before.

Right now, these families are safe and sound in our Nursery, where they are receiving the tender, loving care they deserve.

But the best place for nursing mothers and their babies is in a foster home, where animal lovers can provide them with a nurturing home environment until they are ready to be placed for adoption.

We need your help! Please consider becoming a foster parent to provide these mothers and their precious kittens and puppies with the care that will enable them to grow strong, healthy and happy!

Our foster parents receive all the supplies they need at no cost. Food, playpens, crates, toys, towels—everything you need will be provided to you. You will also receive training so you’ll be all set to tend to the little ones in your care.

Marilyn McKaie, one of our volunteers, has fostered animals of every age and need, providing them with the socialization and love they need to prepare them for their new lives. “Fostering is extremely gratifying, and it’s the most selfless act of kindness you can bestow on a shelter animal,” she says. “Every animal deserves to be in a home.”

With our Pet Adoptathon weekend kick-off event coming up on June 1st and 2nd, we will have more animals than ever before in need of foster parents. The more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save! So, if you’ve ever wondered what you can do to help our mission to rescue, nurture and adopt, this is a perfect opportunity.

The time commitment will vary, from as little as a week up to about a month. Fostering older, ailing or unsocialized animals often requires a longer commitment, but right now, our biggest need is for foster parents to care for mothers and their litters.

Please open your heart and home to these animals in need. The gratitude and love you receive in return will stay with you for a lifetime!

To learn more about fostering mothers and litters before Pet Adoptathon, or during any time of the year, contact Alex Bab, our Foster Care Coordinator, at (516) 883-7900, ext. 352, or email You can also learn more about the program and apply online by clicking here.

Help Save Lives By Donating Supplies

Pet Adoptathon, our largest adoption event of the year, is coming soon! Please help us save more animals by donating supplies. Here are some of the items we need:

  • Crates
  • Playpens
  • Carriers
  • Toys
  • Blankets
  • Towels

To donate, contact Alex Bab at (516) 883-7900, ext. 352, or email