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Our At-Home Fostering program provides a temporary home for injured, young or special-needs animals. It may be a mama cat or dog with a new born litter, or an animal recovering from medical treatment that needs a quiet, nurturing place to stay.  You provide the love, we provide everything else!

To fill out an application to foster go here: SHS Foster Application

We have three different kinds of foster programming here at SHS.  The programming differs in the kind of time commitment they require.  Below read short descriptions of each program to decide which is the best fit for you!


Weekend Warrior Program

This program is a short term foster program.  Where you can hang out with a dog at your home at the park for a short amount of time (as short as an hour or as long as a weekend).  While it is not required that your Weekend Warrior dog interact with your current pets – if you have other dogs/kids in your home it is best to have them meet the dog you’re interested in taking to make sure the dog would be a good potential house guest for you.

Buster enjoys his time with his Weekend Warrior at Veteran's Dog Park in Alabaster!

Buster enjoys his time with his Weekend Warrior at Veteran’s Dog Park in Alabaster!

Weekend Warriors help shelter dogs by getting them out of the shelter environment and providing them with exercise, one on one attention, mental stimulation and exposure to the public.  We recommend taking your weekend warrior dog to the dog park, PetsMart, nature hikes, or a sleepover at your place! These outings do a lot of good for the dogs’ mental and physical health.

An SHS staff member reflects on the program:

“I think the Weekend Warrior has been a tremendous success and I’m so thankful to everyone involved who implemented it. I’ve seen dogs come back from Weekend Warrior that started out curled up in a corner and came back tail wagging at the front of the cage ready to meet someone else and go home. There’s actual proof this this is enriching their lives far more than what we can give them to do in a kennel.”

To get started, you can come on by the shelter to fill out all the required paperwork.  Required paperwork includes a foster contract going over all of the expectations we have of you as a weekend warrior.  In order to fill out the foster contract you must be 19 years of age.  After paperwork is completed you are welcome to start weekend warrioring whenever you like!

To learn even more about what all is involved in the Weekend Warrior Program click here.
Bella gradually learning to trust in her weekend warrior home.

Bella gradually learning to trust in her weekend warrior home.

Traditional Foster Program

This program takes in animals that are:

  • too young to be here (less than 8 weeks old)
  • pregnant or nursing
  • recovering from major health issues

Animals in this program return to the shelter once they are old enough or healthy enough to thrive.  Foster periods for this program vary from animal to animal.  Some foster periods can be as little as 1 week to 12 weeks.

Foster animals will have to come back to the shelter regularly for routine medication and exams.

Two 1 week old bottle baby kittens.

Two 1 week old bottle baby kittens.

To learn more about our foster program, click here.

Adoption Ambassador Program

Animals in this program are kept in their foster home until their forever adoptive home is found!  Pets enrolled in this foster program are pets that would not be able to thrive in the kennel environment because they are painfully shy or are experiencing kennel stress.

Adoption Ambassadored dog Sally the Border Collie at an agility rally in Clanton, AL finding her forever home!

Adoption Ambassadored dog Sally the Border Collie at an agility rally in Clanton, AL finding her forever home!

The task of finding an adoptive home for your foster animal may sound overwhelming but we are here to help!  We hold two adoption events every month at our partnering PetsMart stores.  Adoption events are held on Saturdays from 11-2pm.  Adoption Ambassadors bring their foster pet to the adoption events and network their foster pet at PetsMarts.

For more information about our Adoption Ambassador Program click here.

Foster pets are given medical care through our shelter at no extra cost to the foster parent.  Other pet supplies can also be given provided that we have donations available.  

You can apply by filling out our Foster Application. If you have any questions please email or check out our Facebook page for more information.

Click here to view our livestream foster Q&A. Part One -Kittens, Part Two -Kittens


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Becoming a foster parent helps us save lives!