Become a Foster


Our goal of foster care is to assist the animals in becoming more adoptable. This program allows people to provide a nurturing environment in their home where the animals can receive the care they need to grow, heal, and socialize. Some may need a quieter space and still others may have medical or special needs that would be better cared for in a home environment. The foster program helps our adoption center to expand their resources of time, space, and finances. This allows us to care for more animals. The time required to foster varies depending on the species. It can be from as little as one week to many months, depending on the particular animal. 


Fostering Benefits

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and one that takes a real commitment. It is easy to fall in love with an animal, especially one that has depended on you and it can be hard to see them go to a new home. The wonderful part of fostering is knowing that you played a role in getting them there! Fosters are a very integral part of our efforts and help us make life-long partnerships with the animals and their new families. Adoption is KeyAnimals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. Come to the shelter today and you might just come across your new best friend






We will be fostering certain animals under certain circumstances, such as un-weaned puppies and kittens, animals being held for court cases, special needs animals, and adoptable animals when space is limited. Stafford County Animal Control will provide food, cages, bowls, cat litter boxes, and cat litter when needed. A home check by an Animal Control Officer will be required. Under the Virginia Comprehensive Animal Law Handbook the foster care provider must provide as listed, under 3.2-6503:

  • Adequate care, treatment, and transportation

  • Adequate exercise

  • Adequate feed

  • Adequate shelter that is properly cleaned

  • Adequate space depending on the animal 

  • Adequate water 

  • Veterinary care when needed or to prevent suffering or disease transmission



Under the Virginia Comprehensive Animal Law Handbook for requirements for foster homes; no foster home shall be operated in violation of any local zoning ordinance; and no foster home shall keep more then 50 companion animals on site at one time. Also under this section, the fostering care provider has to read and sign a statement specifying that he/she has never been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment.