Fostering for
Pets Bring Joy

Opening your home to a homeless animal

Thank you for your interest in fostering for Pets Bring Joy (PBJ)!   We're always in search of loving foster homes for at-risk cats and dogs - the more foster homes we have helping us, the more precious lives we can save. :o)

Here's information for prospective fosters that we hope you will find helpful. (Ready to help an animal in need? Please submit a no-obligation foster application)

What is involved in fostering a cat or dog for PBJ?

When fostering for PBJ, you'll care for the cat or dog in your home, providing routine supplies (food, litter for cats) and love! Pets Bring Joy will be responsible for all veterinary expenses, provided that you work with us to make an appointment at one of PBJ's cooperating veterinary clinics.

How much does it cost to foster a cat or dog?

There is no cost to foster, other than the cost involved in purchasing food and supplies.

Am I required to bring my foster pet to adoption events?

No, you are not required to do so, but are welcome to do so if you wish! Either way, your foster pet will be promoted to prospective adopters via the web and when we speak to them upon receiving an adoption application.

What if I have other pets of my own? How will I know whether they will get along with a foster and vice versa?

First, we will make certain to place a cat or dog in your home that is good with other animals -- cats, dogs, or small pets (fish, birds, hamsters, etc.) depending on the type of pet that you already have.

That being said, it's particularly easy to foster a cat, because you needn't introduce him/her to the rest of the pets in your home: as long as you have a single room to spare in your home (bedroom, bathroom with a window, etc.), your foster guest can live in that one room - after all, it beats the alternative of living in a cage.

How long will my foster pet be with me before being adopted?

The length of time that you foster for PBJ varies, depending on your preferences:
  • Some people like to foster a cat or dog for as long as it takes for him/her to be adopted (which can be 3 - 6 months or longer);

  • Some people prefer to be short-term fosters (several weeks to a month), helping us out with providing temporary housing for cats/dogs who are newly arriving from shelters.
We'll discuss your specific situation with you before placing a foster cat or dog in your home.

What if I fall in love with my foster and don't want to give him/her up?

Fosters always have the first right to adopt their foster animal! We will let you know when a qualified adopter is interested in meeting him/her, and you can at that time express your desire to adopt the pet yourself instead.

I'm interested in fostering ... what's the next step?

Please submit a no-obligation foster application by clicking the link at the bottom of this page; you'll receive a copy of your application via email for your records, and we'll be in touch by telephone and email soonest. As a small, all-volunteer rescue organization, we thank you in advance for your patience.

To submit a no-obligation foster application, please click here - thank you!