Are you interested in becoming a foster parent?
By becoming a foster parent, you are providing an invaluable service for the animals you care for. These animals, for various reasons, are not yet available for adoption. However, the time, love, and support a foster parent can provide will give them a second chance to live in permanent, loving homes.
Who should become a foster parent?
This is an opportunity for individuals or families who cannot have an animal full time, to make a short term commitment to help an animal in need. By helping these pets you are increasing their chances to be permanently placed in a safe, loving home.
What are the requirements to becoming a foster parent?
Foster parents must reside in or be employed by Orange County. All foster parents are required to complete a foster application and any required training on being a foster parent. Shelter staff will discuss the specific needs of your foster animal(s). We will provide basic supplies (when available) for the animal (food, bedding, crates, etc.). Your main job will be to provide the TLC!
Need more information about becoming a foster parent?
Contact Amy, the Orange County Animal Services Foster Coordinator, at (407) 254-9157 or email her at
Please let her know you learned of this opportunity from Kindness For Cats!
Foster Care Program Overview
Fostering gives Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) neediest animals a chance to find permanent, loving homes. It is often the only option for animals that are too young to be adopted, have special needs, or are sick or injured. Foster parents give these animals a chance to be adopted by caring for them in their homes until they are able to enter the adoption program.
Fostering is a great opportunity for individuals or families who cannot have an animal full time, since it requires only a short-term commitment to help an animal in need. A foster placement can range from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the situation. A typical foster placement is one month.
All foster parents must complete an application and required training. Shelter staff will discuss the specific needs of foster animal(s) with them. A foster parent’s main job is to provide TLC! Often, foster parents also administer medicine to animals in their care.
Animal Services monitors the health and growth of foster animals via pre-scheduled veterinarian appointments with our Clinic.
OCAS provides assistance with basic supplies, such as food, bedding, crates and bowls, when available. Foster parents usually provide litter, toys and other items themselves.