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What Is Foster Care?

Our foster volunteers are some of the most amazingly dedicated, biggest animal-loving individuals who provide a temporary home for adoptable pets who are not quite ready to hit our adoption floor. Animals may need a temporary foster home for reasons such as:

  • They are too young to be spayed or neutered
  • They may have minor, but contagious, health conditions
  • They simply need a break from the shelter environment

How Do I Get Started?

Please contact our Adoptions and Foster Manager, Kristen McCann, to inquire about becoming a foster care volunteer. If you know you would already like to be involved, please fill out a FOSTER APPLICATION FORM and fax it to (517) 626-2560, scan and email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or stop by the shelter at 7095 West Grand River Avenue in Lansing and drop your application off. If you are unable to print this form, foster applications are also available for pick up at the shelter.


StaffMcCann If you are interested in potentially becoming a Foster Care home for animals or have any questions regarding our Foster Care Program, please contact:

Kristen McCann
Adoptions and Foster Manager
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(517) 626-6060 ext. 121

Am I Qualified?

Our foster volunteers take on a very important role in the animal sheltering world. We are limited by space and our foster program essentially extends our reach and the number of animals for whom we can care. Caring enough to help save more homeless animals in our community is the first step to being qualified!

To review the full list of guidelines for our foster care program, please CLICK HERE.

Having owned pets at home does not preclude you from becoming a foster care provider for CAHS. But, we require that all pets residing in your home are up-to-date on vaccines and are spayed and/or neutered. While some animals needing foster care have contagious illnesses, in many situations they do not and there is no threat of your pets at home becoming ill.

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