Through grant funding received in 2016, Oakland Animal Services has an amazing opportunity to create a sustainable, wider reaching foster program. Foster programs save lives, alleviate shelter stress and provide a chance for the many animals who simply don’t display their most endearing sides in a shelter environment. Fostering also bonds the shelter with the community it serves; providing an additional tool in education about animal overpopulation, the beauty of shelter animals and the values of adopting.
Fostering is a great way to help a shelter animal on a temporary basis. The animal benefits greatly from the relative quiet, stability and just plain fun of home life. Being a foster parent instills a huge sense of accomplishment because you provide the care to prepare the pets for adoption!
How to foster a dog
Want to foster? Complete our foster application, and if you have questions, send an email to .
We provide supplies, medical services, and guidance and support; fosters provide love, attention and a safe environment. Animals in foster homes remain available for adoption by anyone (including you), so fosters should expect to make their fosters available for adoption visits by appointment at the shelter or at other local adoption-event locations
How to foster a kitten
As a foster parent, you will attend our Kitten Foster Class. After that, we will have you fill out an application, once approved, we will be in contact with you should we receive a litter of kittens who need your care. The amount of time an animal is in your care can vary from a few days to several months, dependent on your needs and the needs of the animal. We are able to provide initial food, litter, bedding, toys and a scale. OAS is dedicated to giving our Foster Volunteers the tools they need to be successful parents (you will incur your own expense of traveling to and from the shelter for medical care and foster care appointments)!
How to foster a cat
Our nonprofit partner, Cat Town, was established to take shy, senior and other at-risk OAS cats from the shelter and place them in foster homes where they can thrive. (Cat Town’s founders also opened the nation’s first-ever, wildly successful Cat Cafe right here in Oakland.)
Cat Town provides supplies, medical services, and guidance and support; fosters provide love, attention and a safe environment. When the fostered cats are ready, they become available for adoption directly through Cat Town.
Cat Town is always seeking foster homes for adult cats. Visit Cat Town’s website for more information on how to foster.