The best possible mother or father for any puppy or kitten is its own natural parent.

However, there are times when puppies or kittens are separated from their mother early in life. The Guilford County Animal Shelter strives to put these orphans in foster care as soon as possible. The puppies and kittens greatly benefit from individualized care at an early age.

The first 6-8 weeks of their lives greatly influences their personalities and temperaments as adult animals.

What Foster Parents Do

For young ones without a parent, you will fill in for the natural parent with feedings for nourishment and snuggling for comfort. You will agree to bring them to the shelter at scheduled times for their check-ups and vaccinations. It may be an older dog or cat that may have a special circumstance that needs time to resolve before the animal is ready for adoption. Then at times, there is an animal who needs “socialized”; this calls for a very patient compassionate animal lover.

Foster “parent” volunteers always have the support of the Shelter. Not only are our foster parents encouraged to call the Shelter with any problems or concerns, but also the Shelter staff will check in periodically to monitor the progress of animals in foster care.

Foster parents usually keep a baby until it reaches 8 weeks of age and can be placed for adoption.

Become a Foster Parent

For more information on the foster program for babies as well as for adult animals, please contact the Guilford County Animal Shelter’s Rescue / Foster Coordinator by email or by phone at 336-641-3400.  All medical care is provided by the shelter while pets are in foster.  You do not need to live in Guilford County to participate in the foster program, but you must be available to return your foster animals to the shelter for scheduled appointments.

Pet Harbor Galleries

To view our Pet Harbor gallery of dogs/puppies in foster care seeking adoption click here.

To view our Pet Harbor gallery of cats/kittens in foster care seeking adoption click here.