Foster Care Program


Foster Parent

Become a Foster Parent

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Foster Parent with us!

Every month we receive pets that require special care. Some of these dogs and cats have sustained injuries or are ill. Others are too young to be placed right into adoption. Your assistance providing much needed care can make a positive difference for such pets.

It takes special dedication and commitment to provide care to our Special Needs pets. Fostering is often a 24/7 responsibility and pets must be returned to our Clinic for checkups as often as every two weeks. Please be sure you are able to commit the time and care for the sake of your fostering success and the health and survival of your foster pet(s).

The following categories of Special Need dogs and cats must often have foster care:

  • Adult dogs and cats
  • Mothers with kittens and puppies
  • Puppies-Very young puppies who are less than eight weeks old.
  • Kittens-Very young kittens who weigh less than two pounds.

How to Become a Foster Parent

Follow these two easy steps:

  1. Thoroughly read, complete and sign the Foster Parent Application.
  2. Drop off the Application at our Adoption Center at the address below (PLEASE NOTE: Foster Parent Applications must be presented in person at our Adoption Center. Applications that are mailed, faxed or e-mailed WILL NOT be accepted):

Animal Care and Adoption Center
2400 SW 42nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Once your application is approved, you will be contacted by the Foster Program Coordinator.

Foster Program Requirements:

  • Be at least 14 years old
  • Have a parent/guardian complete the foster application (minors only)
  • Be supervised by an adult (minors only)

You will be awarded 40 hours for a foster pet or litter of kittens

Please check out our amazing video on Fostering.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I get court-mandated hours by fostering?
A: No. Please see: Community Service Worker

Q: How old do I have to be to become a foster parent?

A: You must be at least 18 years old to apply to be a Foster Parent. While minor children can be in your household, the applicant and primary caregiver must be at least 18 years of age.

Q: Can I have other pets in my household while I am fostering?

A: Yes, however your pets must be healthy. In addition, they must be current on all necessary vaccinations and each must have a Broward County rabies registration tag.

Q: Can I foster if I live in another county?

A: Only permanent residents of Broward County are eligible to become foster parents.

Q: Does Broward County Animal Care provide food/medicine for foster pets?

A: We will provide all necessary veterinary care and medicine; however, you must provide your own food.

Q: Can I adopt the pet once the foster period is over?

A: Yes, you just need to complete an adoption application.

Q: Can I let someone else foster my foster pet?

A: No, your foster pet(s) should remain under your supervision at all times.

Q: What if someone I know wants to adopt my foster pet?

A: Please have them visit our Adoption Center to complete an adoption application.​​