Due to an overwhelming amount of community support and foster inquiries, please allow approximately 1-2 weeks for processing of applications. Please note we may not have an appropriate foster animal for everyone at this time. If you own a dog or cat and reside in Montgomery County, your pets must be licensed before your foster application can be processed.

Due to COVID-19 our foster on-boarding process has changed and there will be no in-person orientations.

Foster an Animal in Need

     If you have a place in your heart and home for animals, consider fostering for the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.  Our foster care program lets animal lovers bring pets from our shelter into their homes on a temporary basis to prepare them for adoption. We know it can sometimes be a challenging experience, but know that what you do matters. Every pet that’s fostered has a better chance at a happier and healthier life.

What are the Requirements to Foster?

Age: The primary caregiver of the foster animal must be at least 18 years old. 

Availability: Foster volunteers should live in the area and/or be willing to drive to our shelter in Derwood, MD on a regular basis. Please consider the potential commute before applying to be a foster. 

Commitment: Fostering may last anywhere from 2 weeks to several months, depending on the pet's needs. 
Fosters who are Montgomery County residents and own dogs or cats MUST have their pets licensed with the county.

How do I Get Started?

1. Submit an online application. 

2. Attend an orientation.
Orientation will provide you with all of the necessary training materials. You will learn about the policies and procedures for the program and have all of your questions answered.
3. Start saving lives!
We will match you with the foster animal(s) that best suit your lifestyle. 

What Should I Expect?

There are many different types of animals who might require foster care. Some may fall into the following categories:

  • Moms with nursing kittens or puppies.
  • Orphaned bottle babies or animals too young to be adopted.
  • Animals who need a quiet place to recover from illness or surgery.
  • Animals who are overwhelmed by the daily stressors of shelter life.

Supplies and care: We furnish all the supplies you need, including food, litter, bedding, toys, enrichment items, and medical care. 

Veterinary appointments: Foster parents are responsible for traveling to and from the shelter for medical care and foster care appointments. The frequency of appointments will vary depending on the reason the animal is being fostered.
For questions, please contact our Community Relations Manager:
Maria Anselmo
Community Relations Manager



"I enjoy fostering because it allows me to not only spend time with animals I love, but to help out my local shelter and make an impact on dogs that otherwise may never have the opportunity to get adopted"

-MCASAC Foster