Foster a Dog

Fosters provide a temporary living space for dogs in our program while they await their forever homes. We need fosters for all different kinds of dogs including stressed out shy dogs, those healing from medical problems, pregnant mamas, and, of course, pups who simply need home notes!

Apply to Foster View our Platinum Fosters!


Check out our new foster program that just launched!



Browse our dogs and puppies in need of a caring foster home.



There are now a variety of ways to help by fostering a dog short-term.



View our collection of Dog Foster Resources.

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Why Foster?

Fostering saves lives and for each individual homeless pet, it improves their life and helps them on their journey to a forever home.

Key Responsibilities

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Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment.

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Provide food, water, toys/enrichment, and shelter.

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Provide exercise and socialization if appropriate.

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Monitor for physical and mental wellbeing.

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Transport to/from any necessary free vet appointments at APA!'s Town Lake location.

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Actively marketing your foster dog for adoption.

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Screening and meeting with potential adopters; being responsive and courteous towards potential adopters; following our adoption protocols.

The Benefits of Fostering

There are so many benefits to opening your heart and home to foster a dog, but just to name a few:

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Have a dog companion without the lifetime commitment.

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Help a dog recover, with all the medical care covered by APA!.

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Give extra TLC to puppies who are too young to be adopted.

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Open up space at the shelter for another dog – or two – to be saved.

Virtual Foster Program

Join volunteers and staff who watch over the dogs we love in the same way we would if they were actually ours. Be an advocate, trainer, friend, and a sleepover buddy. Start the process to become a virtual foster by becoming an active member of our dog walking program.

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Jan 21, 2023

USPS Embraces Our Furry Friends with 'Love Forever' Stamps at Austin Pets Alive!

In a nod to America’s great affection for furry friends, the United States Postal Service unveiled two new ‘Love Forever’ stamps at APA!.

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