Foster Care


Foster Care

If you're not ready for the long-term commitment and responsibility of pet adoption, you can still be a part of Carolina P.A.W.S. and help us fulfill our mission of finding loving permanent homes for abandoned and abused animals.

Be a Foster Parent

Every day the Carolina P.A.W.S. network is alerted to homeless pets in abusive situations, many in imminent danger. We're ready to spring into action and rescue them. But once they're safe, we need people to open their homes and hearts and care for them while they await adoption.

Fostering is a wonderful way to help animals in need. Plus, it allows you to enjoy the companionship of a pet without the long-term commitment. Since we do not have a shelter, our foster homes are the backbone of our organization. We simply could not rescue any animals without them!

The people who open their hearts and homes to rescued animals are the backbone of our organization. It's perhaps the most meaningful way to help...and the most rewarding.

What Is Fostering?

Fostering is taking a needy animal into your home and providing temporary shelter and care until a permanent home can be found.

Why Foster?

As an alternative to adoption, fostering allows you to experience the joy pets bring to our lives without making a long-term commitment. It's also vital to our rescue efforts. We often have to turn animals away due to lack of space. To us, just one more foster home means another life saved!

How do I find out about animals needing homes?

When an animal needs fostering and we think you'd be a good match, we will contact you. You are under no obligation.

Can I choose the type of animal I foster?

Absolutely! You can choose to foster dogs, cats, puppies, kittens or any combination. We have several foster parents who take only small dogs, and some who specialize in a certain breed. Some prefer male cats, and some female. We will do our best to match you up with the most appropriate pet.

Who covers the expenses?

Carolina P.A.W.S. covers basic vet care (vaccinations, heartworm prevention, Flea and tick prevention, spay/neuter), as well as food, crates and cat litter as funds allow. Incidentals such as leashes, toys, bowls, etc. are provided by CPAWS.

What are the foster parent's responsibilities?

The foster parent is responsible for providing shelter and love to the pet. Being in a home where he receives basic training and socialization increases the pet's chances of being adopted. Foster parents also get involved with the pet's adoption, and provide our volunteers with information for the pet's online profile.

Think you might like to give fostering a try? Email us at


Download a Foster Application

Download a Foster Agreement