Definition of Foster Home:

A foster home is temporary care for pets while they are await adoption or transport. Foster families provide safety, food, care and love. The number of animals that can be saved depends on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

Why should I foster?

Some of our dogs and cats cannot go directly into adoptions or be transported to rescue immediately, therefore, the only way we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes.  Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption.  In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a rescue.  For some dogs and cats (older, ill, abused, injured) may need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.  Also, because we are a no kill rescue, many of our animals have been with us for several years.  Bringing them into your home would take them out of the rescue environment and allow them to learn about being in a loving environment, which will make them much more adoptable.

A few of the benefits of Fostering:

There are many benefits to fostering!  But the Main Benefit is that it SAVES LIVES!

Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home.

  • Having an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, especially if you are unable to adopt
  • Some enjoy the challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury
  • It can help you heal from your own loss, from being depressed, from not feeling you have a purpose in life, etc
  • Pets learn that they CAN be loved!
  • It lowers the number of animals that get euthanized each year because it opens up space in the rescue for another animal.
  • It’s FUN for you and your other pets (and your children)
  • It can make you more active (by walking the dog, playing in the yard, etc).
  • It is good for socializing as you will meet new people that you would have never had the opportunity to meet.
  • It’s easy to get started and we help you every step of the way.
  • Saying GOODBYE is a happy ending. Don’t’ put off fostering because you think it will be too hard when your foster gets adopted.  It’s never easy to say goodbye but knowing that your foster is going to a safe, loving, secure and happy home makes it all worth it.

Who needs fostering?

You can foster cats, dogs, puppies, kittens, or any other animal we have at the rescue.  Typically, they are:

  • Orphaned kittens and puppies needing to be bottle fed
  • Mother cat or dog with nursing kittens or puppies
  • Under-aged, self-feeding kittens and puppies (4-8 weeks old)
  • Animals recovering from injury or illness (may need medication)
  • Animals that are mildly sick; such as Kennel Cough in dogs or Upper Respiratory Infection in cats. (may need medication)
  • Shy or fearful animals that need socialization
  • Healthy adult animals waiting for space at the rescue, or that need a break from life at the rescue
  • Animals that would benefit from home to home adoption

You may choose the type (dog/cat/adult/young, etc) of animal you are comfortable with inviting into your home. We will assist you in finding a pet that is suitable for your home.

 What are the duties of a Foster Family?

  •  Feed, socialize, love, groom, introduce basic training, and care for the animals as if they were your own
  • Bring your foster animal(s) to scheduled vet appointments and events to be viewed by potential adopters
  • Observe and report any problems with the animal
  • Return the animal to the Rescue upon request

Can anyone foster?

Foster parents must be at least 18 years old.  If you are under 18, you can still foster with permission from your parents or legal guardian.

Can I let my foster dog play with my personal pets?

There are a few guidelines that we ask foster families to adhere to regarding their personal pets. While foster dogs playing with other pets is often fine, we advise that you consult with your veterinarian to ensure that all of your personal pets are healthy and up-to-date on all vaccines. In limited situations, some of our foster animals need to be kept separate from your pet/s but we will advise you of this before you decide to foster that particular animal.

Will a Yaqui representative visit my home?

Yes, we may make home visits to you home.

Can I foster a dog if I don’t have a fenced yard?

Yes. Even if you do have a fenced yard, we request that you supervise all outdoor activities with the foster dog. And we ask that you always keep him or her on a leash when you’re on walks.  But a fenced yard is ideal.  Please be sure not to let your foster animal alone in the fenced yard if she/he likes to dig as they can quickly dig a hole big enough to escape.

Foster pets and kids:

Fostering is a great experience for families.    It’s important to select an animal that is age-appropriate and size appropriate for your children. You should also provide guidance, instructions and rules to your children about caring for your foster animal.  It may even teach kids responsibility, kindness, and the commitment it takes to owning a pet.

What supplies are provided to me?

If requested, we can provide you and the animal with all dry food, medications and age appropriate vaccinations, as well as a microchip. Spay/neuter surgery (if applicable) is also available to foster pets, and is usually a requirement before going to its forever home.

Any additional supplies (toys, formula/bottles, canned food, beds, crates/kennels, carriers, leashes and collars, etc), are available by donation only. The supplies we are able to provide to you depends on our supply of donations.

How long will the animal(s) be in my home?

It depends on the situation (age of pet, illness, injury, or behavior issues). You will be told given an estimate on how long of a commitment we believe it will be.  Whenever possible, we try to have you foster until the animal is adopted.

How will my foster get adopted?

Every animal is included on our website.  You can provide us with photos/stories that we can share (at events, Facebook, website, etc). When your pet is ready, you may also reach out to your network of family/friends via email, Facebook, etc.

Will my foster pet have a name?

Our foster animals already have names. We ask that you do not change the name we have given them while fostering as their name corresponds with medical and other important records.

Can I adopt my foster animal?

Yes, in many cases.  And foster parents have first choice to adopt their foster pet. Paperwork is required and our regular adoption fees may apply.

Can I contact Yaqui Animal Rescue?

Yes, we are always available to answer your questions/concerns.  Contact us with any issues (pet gets sick, injured or lost, etc).  We will advise you as to what steps should be taken next.

Can I return my foster animal to the rescue if I am unable to foster any longer?

We understand that situations change and it may become necessary to discontinue fostering. We request that a foster parent provide as much notice as possible so that we can find an alternative foster home.  Of course, in an emergency, a foster parent may always bring their animal back to the rescue.

What if I go on vacation or have a business trip?

If given enough notice, we can usually find volunteers that can foster sit for short durations. We ask that foster parents always make us aware of any temporary foster sitting situations such as with a pet sitter or boarding or if you want to take the animal on the trip too.

I am INTERESTED!….so what do I do next?

We are so pleased and excited that you are interested in fostering.  Please complete our foster application and send it to and someone will contact you once your application has been reviewed.