Fostering: Temporarily Housing, Forever Saving

Fostering provides adoptable animals with a temporary, loving place to live while we work to find their forever home. Fostering is an extremely rewarding experience for so many reasons and it’s invaluable to our rescue mission. Municipal shelters that are overcrowded have to euthanize due to the high number of animals coming in. For rescue groups like Shelter Chic, having reliable fosters lined up enables us to save animals from euthanasia and gives us time to work on finding them their pawww-fect families.

Fostering also gives our adoptable animals time to shine and showcase their personalities. Often times in shelters, animals will shut down and shy away out of fear and anxiety and are then overlooked by potential adopters.  Fostering greatly increases their chances of getting adopted and helps to gets them out of a shelter, out of a cage, and prepares them for their next adventure… ADOPTION!

Fostering is a great option for someone who wants to help animals in need but can’t commit to a long-term adoption. It’s also a great option for someone thinking about adopting but wanting to make sure they are ready for a long-term commitment by taking care of one of our adoptable animals on a temporary basis.

No matter what the situation is, when you foster, you save a life.

 If you are interested in becoming a foster parent and hero to a dog or cat, please fill out the following application(s). Once approved, we will find the perfect pet for you to temporarily house, and forever save.

Guidelines and Expectations:

  • Transporting your foster animal to/from the vet and adoption events is the foster's responsibility. If the pet is too big for the subway, Shelter Chic will reimburse for taxis if preapproved (please try to ask friends with cars for rides or use shared car ride services for lower fares, so we can put our money towards the animals)
  • Dogs will come with a collar/harness and leash. Fosters are encouraged to provide food, toys, treats, etc. as a donation
  • If possible, Shelter Chic will provide a litter box for cats
  • Shelter Chic covers all medical expenses (including prescription food, vet visits, medication)

Foster Resources

Remember, your foster pet has been through a lot. Please be patient and give the animal time to decompress and adjust to life outside of the shelter. Please refer to this list of guidelines and training tips and make the fostering experience a fun and rewarding one!