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Interested in becoming a Foster Parent?

By choosing to foster with Toledo Animal Rescue, you are giving new hope to animals that we cannot accommodate at our facility. Please know how important you are to these young, sick, or injured cats and dogs. The Rescue will provide you with training, all the necessary supplies, and take care of the animals medical needs. All you need to do is provide shelter, care, and love! Thanks to you, they will have a better chance to find a forever home and lasting family!

What Types of Animals Need a Foster Home? 

·      Puppies and kittens too young to eat on their own

·     Dogs or cats that need socialization and love

·      Injured dogs or cats recovering from surgery

·      Sick dogs or cats

·      Mothers with litters of kittens or puppies

·      Any animal when the shelter becomes overcrowded

Questions to ask before you Foster:

  • Are you able to devote the required daily and weekly time to your foster animal?
  • Are you able to bring foster animals to the shelter for vaccinations and wellness exams every 1-2 weeks?
  • Are you able to bring your foster to after-hours veterinary care in the event of an emergency?
  • Are you able to separate your foster animals from your household pets for at least two weeks to protect them from illnesses and allow for a proper adjustment period?
  • Are you able to handle cleaning procedures such as washing hands after every encounter and cleaning / disinfecting the foster animal quarters routinely?
  • Are you able to handle any potential home damage (carpet, clothing, and/or furniture) associated with animals?
  • Are you prepared to handle sickness or possible death of your foster animal?
  • Are you able to emotionally handle letting go of the foster animal?
  • Are you able to handle the potential of foster animals carrying illness that could affect your household animals / family?

If you answered 'no' to any of the above questions, then it sounds like fostering may not be for you. Not to worry though! There are still plenty of ways to get involved to help the animals! Volunteering at the Rescue is a great alternative that allows you to spend time with the animals without taking them home! 

If you answered 'Yes' to all of the above questions, Congratulations! It sounds like you are ready to start your new Journey as a Foster Parent! Below you can find our Foster Team Guidelines as well as our foster applications!

If you have any questions or would like more information about our foster program you can contact our foster coordinator at


After Submitting Your Application:

Its time to wait, and start prepping your home! It will usually take a couple of days for us to fully process your application. After we have reviewed and approved your application we will call to schedule you a time to tour our facility, meet in person, and have a chat with our foster coordinator. During this time we will get to know you, your needs, limitations, and what type of animals your able to foster. You will also be able to get to know the staff, and ask any questions you may have! 

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