Foster Care

Join our Foster Care network and be a part of saving the lives of underage pets! We transfer in approximately 1200 kittens, puppies, and sometimes their mothers into our Foster Care program each year, but the more homes we have in our network, the more we can save. Join us!


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Our Foster Care program saves the lives of thousands of underage puppies and kittens each year, but the more homes in our network, the more we can save. If you have a spare bathroom, or other easily cleanable and confined space, a little extra free-time, and the ability to observe growing babies closely, you can foster for The NOAH Center! Getting started is easy, and we provide all of the resources you will need along the way.

Learn more about the options for fostering below. 

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Puppies & Kittens

If you want to foster puppies or kittens, there are generally three options you can sign up for, Mother’s with Litters, Older Under-Agers, or Orphaned Newborns. These three groups have very different needs and will require varying amounts of work and time from the foster.

Mothers with Litters

Mother cats or dogs after delivering a litter of puppies or kittens. The litter will be too young to be placed for adoption, and likely still nursing. These groups are often low-maintenance as the mom will do most of the work, she just needs somewhere safe and clean to raise her babies. 

Daily Time Commitment: Low

Older Under-Agers

Kittens or puppies who are weaned and eating solid foods, but still need several weeks in a home before they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted. These groups can be great fun, tend to have tons of energy, and can be a great for learning experience for older kids with parental supervision. 

Daily Time Commitment: Medium

Orphaned Newborns

We commonly receive newborn kittens and puppies who are tragically no longer with their mother. Without their mom, they are in need of round-the-clock bottle-feeding. Newborns need a bottle every few hours, while older kittens will feed less often. This can be a big commitment but is extremely rewarding. 

Daily Time Commitment: High

adult animals in need

If you want to foster and are able to welcome adult foster animals, consider one of the following options:

  • Animals recovering from special surgeries, who need to rest and recover in a safe, calm, and quiet home environment. This may include a lactating mother, recovering from nursing without her litter. These situations often require things like bandage changes, regular wellness checks at The NOAH Center, and detailed care instructions provided by our medical staff.
  • Animals who are not “sheltering” well, who may require behavior modification, and likely have training plans. This could mean dogs who are fearful and not adjusting to the shelter environment, dogs with anxiety or reactivity issues which escalate in the shelter environment, or very nervous but non-feral cats or older kittens.

These options may require additional experience or training above and beyond what our puppy & kitten fosters need.

Get Started

We are thrilled to have you join us! Please click the button below to fill out our Volunteer Application and we will get back to you with any follow-up questions and next steps. If you are already a volunteer, simply reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator to get you in touch with our Foster Department. 

If you have any other questions, please reach out!


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Betty White Day

Betty White Day

Betty’s legacy of caring for and supporting needy animals lives on through you. On her birthday, January 17th, consider making a donation to The NOAH Center in her honor.

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