500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton MA 01748 508-435-6938

Our foster parents help save lives and give a dog or cat the greatest chance of success at finding a happy, forever home.

Foster an animal in need

Dog fostering

Volunteers who foster dogs are helping to save a life. You are freeing up space in the shelter for us to save another animal -- and giving a dog the extra help they need to cope until they find their forever home.

Even in the best of circumstances, shelter life is stressful for dogs. Some dogs cope with this better than others. For those who don't or who may take longer to find a home, we place them in temporary foster homes so they can feel safe and comfortable until they find their permanent home. As a foster, you can provide a dog with the comforts of home and a place where they can thrive until they find their forever home.

We also need foster homes for dogs who are recovering from an illness or injury, who need some extra help learning a new skill, such as leash walking or house training, or who need assistance with behavioral issues like counter surfing or being jumpy. Our staff is there to support you with humane, scientifically-proven methods for helping your foster dog learn essential skills that will set them up for success in their new home.

Hear from one of our dog fosters.

Join our foster family.


Cat and kitten fostering

As a kitten foster, you can play a critical role in saving lives of mother cats and their kittens as well as orphaned kittens. Young kittens are susceptible to infection and it's not safe for them to stay in a busy shelter environment. We need volunteers who can care for kittens in their home and provide them with TLC until the kittens are old enough to be adopted. 

We also need foster families to care for cats who are shy, scared, and/or have a tough time adjusting to shelter life. Providing them with a temporary home helps improve their physical and mental well-being, and increased their chances of a successful adoption. 

Our staff is here to support you and provide guidance in helping your foster cats/kittens thrive. We also cover medical costs through our veterinarian while dogs are in foster. 

Join our foster family.

Learn how fostering makes a difference.

Meet one of our kitten fosters.