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Foster Care Program

Become a Foster Parent

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Foster Parent!

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 Foster Pets. Fostering is often a 24/7 responsibility and pets must be returned to our Clinic for checkups 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 dogs and cats are often foster candidates:

  • Kittens who require bottle feeding
  • Mothers with nursing kittens and puppies
  • Orphaned puppies who are less than eight weeks old
  • Orphaned kittens who weigh less than two pounds
  • Injured pets
  • Pets with illnesses or skin conditions
  • Long-term stay pets

How to Become a Foster Parent

Follow these three easy steps:

  1. Attend a Foster Orientation.  The next Orientation will be held on Saturday, March 16th, at 1PM, at our Adoption Center, 2400 SW 42nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, 33312 (attending an Orientation is NOT required in order to join our Foster Program).
  2. Thoroughly read, complete and sign the Foster Parent Application.
  3. Turn the Application in during the Orientation or at our Adoption Center. (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):

Foster Program Requirements:

  • Live in the Tri-County area (Broward, West Palm or Miami-Dade Counties)
  • Be able to drive, or have access to, transportation in order to bring the Foster Pet to our Adoption Center Clinic for bi-weekly check-ups or in case of emergency
  • Have the ability to keep Foster Pets separate from personal pets at all times

Students, age 14 years and older, will be awarded 40 community service hours for successful completion of a foster commitment (hours are awarded per litter).

For more information, contact: Foster@broward.org

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 and should be kept separate from your Foster Pets at all times. In addition, they must be current on all necessary vaccinations and each pet must have a Broward County rabies registration tag.

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

A: Residents of Broward County, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties are eligible to become Foster Parents.

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

A: Whenever possible, all supplies (including food) will be provided for the care of our Foster Pets.  We will also provide basic medical care and required medicines as approved by the County Veterinarian. 

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

A: Foster Parents are welcome to adoption their Foster Pets pending an approved Adoption Application.  All Foster Pets must be dropped off at our Adoption Center for spaying/neutering prior to adoption.

Q: Can I let someone else foster my Foster Pet?

A: No, your Foster Pet(s) must remain under your supervision at all times.

Q: What if someone I know wants to adopt my Foster Pet?

A: Once the pet is considered adoptable, please have them visit our Adoption Center to complete an Adoption Application.

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