It takes a very special person to become a Foster Parent. Whether it’s a litter of two-week old kittens, or a neglected hound dog who has become terrified of people, many animals need extra love and attention so they can become ready for adoption. These special animals need love, care, and a learning environment that only a foster parent can provide. If you are interested in fostering one of the pets in our care, please fill out our online foster application. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Foster Team at You can also visit Remmi’s List, which highlights our animals most in need of foster care who are available for weekend and overnight foster homes. 

What is 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

Angels of Assisi provides all medical care at our Community Pet Clinic, plus the basic needs of each foster care pet including food, bowls, crate, and more.

What kind of people are eligible to become foster 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 30 miles of our Roanoke, Virginia shelter. Is that you?

Before you bring a foster animal home, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your own pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. You may wish to ask your veterinarian if your pets need any additional vaccinations.

Which pets need Foster Care?

They include:

  • 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

Why is the Foster Program so important?

Angels of Assisi 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!

For additional help and tips on fostering kittens, check out our Kitten Resources Page.