Become a
Foster Caretaker


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Become a Foster Caretaker

The LA County Animal Care and Control Foster Program plays an integral part in helping animals at our seven Animal Care Centers.

How to Become a DACC Foster

Reasons to Foster

Cats or dogs needing foster home

We have a wide variety of cats and dogs looking for foster homes. Please consider opening your home to a pet while they search for an adoptive home

Requirements for all Foster Caretakers

To become a foster caretaker, you will need to do the following: Complete and submit a Foster Volunteer Application. Foster Volunteer Application

  • Watch the Foster Orientation available online and read the Foster Manual.
  • Accept the Foster Care Policy Terms and Agreement.

Caring for Special Need Animals

Please review our manuals for support on caring for your foster kitten or puppy


Frequently Ask Questions about Fostering

What supplies are needed to foster? How much will it cost?

The DACC tries to provide food and some supplies to foster caretakers, but due to the large intake of animals needing fostering, this is not always available. Foster caretakers may need to provide space, food, and love for the animal(s). The animal care center will provide you with some supplies, medications, and veterinary care, if needed.

Do I have to live in the area of the animal care center the animal is from to be its foster caretaker?

Yes, so that you can receive proper support we ask that those wishing to foster an animal from any of our six animal care centers live in the area the animal is fostered from. We do not foster animals out to individuals living in other states or countries.

Do I need to have a prior medical knowledge or expertise?

No, but you may be asked to dispense medicine to your foster, so you will have to be comfortable following veterinarian’s instruction if fostering a sick or injured animal.

If I have my own animals, can I still foster?

Yes, but keep in mind that it is always a health risk to expose your animal to other animals. The health risk is minimal if your animals are current on their vaccinations, maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and are not elderly or very young.

What if I have small children?

Fostering is a wonderful family experience and can build a foundation of philanthropy in your children. It is important to select an animal that is “age” appropriate with your children. You must also be diligent about providing guidance, instructions, and rules to your children about caring for an orphaned or special needs animal.

What if I want to adopt my foster animal?

If your foster animal becomes available for adoption; foster caretakers get first priority to adopt their foster animal.As long as foster caretakers meet the animal care center requirements necessary for adoption and do not exceed the limit for owned animals in your city, you may adopt your foster animal.

Can I find my own adopter for my foster pet?

Absolutely! Take pictures of them and show them to all the good people you know would be responsible owners. Return them to the shelter when they are ready and if you have time, be there on a busy day to “sell” them to the public. Bring them to the next community adoption event. DO NOT ever give the animal to anyone without having returned it to the shelter for spay/neuter surgery (if needed), the proper paperwork and receipts completed.

DACC staff may also demand the return of and or remove a foster animal from a foster home for any reason they deem necessary.

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