Teen Foster Program

APA! offers a hands-on opportunity for teens who want to help homeless animals and earn service hours for school or an organization.

We are looking for teens and their families who care about animals and would be willing and able to foster pets in their homes. The average length of time for each foster is four to six weeks. (Fosters commit to a four-week minimum unless a shorter foster stay is arranged ahead of time with our foster team.)

The Teen Foster Program is open to teens who meet these requirements:

  1. Care about and want to help animals
  2. At least 12 years old (at least 16 years old for puppies and kittens under five weeks old)
  3. Parent approved as APA! foster, who is willing to oversee and help teen care for foster pet(s)
  4. Training required by APA! for certain types of fosters (young puppies/kittens, medical cases)

Total hours of community service received per type of foster:

  • Litter of neonates (0-8 weeks old): 25 hours/week
  • Litter of non-bottle babies (8 weeks – 6 months): 20 hours/week
  • Medical or behavior foster: 15 hours/week
  • All other fosters (1-2 animals, 6+months old, includes minor medical): 10 hours/week
  • *we will round to the nearest week, if partial week.

How to get started:

  1. Parent fills out our foster application: Dog    Cat
  2. During phone interview, mention Teen Foster Program
  3. Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required once foster term is over for a service hours confirmation.
  4. *We do not have the capability to complete/sign hours logs.  Teen Foster Lead is not on-site.