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Become a Foster

WSAL always needs pet parents willing to open their hearts and homes to an adoptable pet that needs a temporary "foster" home. Our ability to foster is only possible through the generosity of volunteers and donors.

As a foster parent, you will be providing a temporary home for dogs or cats in need. The length of time that you foster can vary from a few days to several months, depending on the needs of the pet.

What are the requirements for providing a foster home?
  • If you have a family pet, it must be current with its vaccinations.
  • It is suggested that you have a separate area for your foster pet, to isolate it from your pet(s) until the health and temperament of the foster pet has been determined.
  • You must have time each day to socialize the pet, and provide for its care.
  • Everyone in your household must be in agreement about fostering and understand that the goal is to find a permanent home for the pet.
  • Of course, if you choose to keep the pet, you will be able to proceed with the permanent adoption procedure.
  • For weaned pets, you must make the foster pet available for adoption events, usually held on Saturdays, and to potential adopters so that a permanent home can be found.
  • You are encouraged to tell your family and friends about your foster pet(s) in an effort to help find an adoptive home. However, ALL adoptions must go through WSAL.
  • If there is donated pet food, WSAL will provide it to you. Otherwise, the foster parent will be responsible for the care and feeding of the animal while in their home.

Interested in Becoming a Foster?

If you're interested in fostering a pet with the WSAL, please complete our Foster Application and mail it to:

West Side Animal League
PO Box 150673
Fort Worth TX 76108-0673

Or email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have questions, please call 817-565-8222


Things to know before becoming a foster