What is Long term Foster Care?
Puppy fostering lasts until the puppies are 12 weeks old, when they have had their last set of required shots. A litter of puppies requires a little more work, but is always rewarding! Sometimes the puppies are not yet weaned so initially, the mother will also come to you with her pups.
Do I get to choose the pet I foster?
The program will place a pet based on need, temperament, and matched to your abilities.
It may be difficult for you to let them go but keep this in mind: Puppies are highly desired by
local residents and our Northern partners. Your foster environment has kept them healthy,
happy and ready for their transition to their new home.
I already own a dog and a cat. Can I still foster?
Foster pets may be allowed to interact with your own pets. Before you bring a foster animal
home, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your own pets are up-to-date on their
vaccinations. You may wish to ask your veterinarian if your pets need any additional
To become a foster parent for dogs or cats, please contact us or fill out this Foster Care Form and fax to us at: 803-643-4006. After your form is received, you will be contacted for a site evaluation from one of the Animal Control officers, just to assure that the animal will be in a safe environment.
Once the site evaluation is completed and you are approved, you are one of our official foster homes. You may pick up your animal(s) at the Aiken County Shelter for either short term (5 to 10 days) or longer term puppy litter foster care situation, up to 12 weeks.
Again, short term care is often needed for 5-10 days while dogs are awaiting transport to new homes or no kill shelters. Longer term care, especially for puppies and kittens, will help keep them healthy and socialized until an adoption cage or opportunity opens up.
We could save so many more cats and dogs if we had YOUR help.