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What is Fostering?

Fostering is something that you can do to save lives! A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love.The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them. Fostering a shelter animal is a rewarding experience, but requires hard work and dedication.

Is Fostering right for me?

The ideal foster care provider will have a basic knowledge of animal care and training, as well as a desire to find their foster animal a safe and caring permanent home in a timely fashion. As a foster parent you will provide your animals with care including food, water, shelter, litter, training, grooming and trips to the SAPA Medical Clinic to obtain medical treatment when necessary.

What are the Perks?

SAPA! Will provide basic vet care, behavior and training resources, as well as adoption counseling and support as needed; all free of charge to you! Food, treats, toys, and litter are often available to foster parents (These items can be provided upon request and are dependent on availability). All foster parents are also invited to bring their animals to any adoption event hosted by San Antonio Pets Alive! and receive access to our groundbreaking new mentor program . You are also entitled to unlimited puppy and kitten snuggles, the camaraderie of the fosters in our network, prime invitations to special events, and the lifelong friendships that bloom from saving lives!

Whether a sleepover or an extended stay, we have a foster pet for everyone!

Length of foster care varies based on each animal. Some foster animals may only need your hospitality for a week or two, while others may require up to three months of care. The length of time can depend on the animal’s age, medical issues, and the amount of effort placed into marketing the pet. Most foster animals stay in their foster homes until they are adopted out, so marketing your foster animal is an important factor in length of stay!

Got Questions? We have answers!

Contact us at if you have any questions about fostering a pet through San Antonio Pets Alive!

Tax Deductible?

Any supplies purchased for foster care are tax deductible!

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