Foster an Animal in Need

** MCASAC is in need of fosters for dogs over 40lbs, bottle baby kittens, and nursing moms with kittens. If you are only able to foster small dogs, please do not apply **   
 If you have a place in your heart and home for animals, consider fostering for the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.  Our foster care program lets animal lovers bring pets from our shelter into their homes on a temporary basis to prepare them for adoption. We know it can sometimes be a challenging experience, but know that what you do matters. Every pet that’s fostered has a better chance at a happier and healthier life.

What are the Requirements to Foster?

Age: The primary caregiver of the foster animal must be at least 18 years old. 

Availability: Foster volunteers should live in the area and/or be willing to drive to our shelter in Derwood, MD on a regular basis. Please consider the potential commute before applying to be a foster. 

Commitment: Fostering may last anywhere from an overnight to several months, depending on the pet's needs and your availability!
Fosters who are Montgomery County residents and own dogs or cats MUST have their pets licensed with the county.

How do I Get Started?

1. Register on our Volunteer Portal and choose "Big Dog Foster" or "Feline Foster" (if you are interested in fostering more than one type of animal apply to one and send us an email that you are also open to fostering other animals)
2. Follow the steps on the path!
3. Read the Foster Manuals!
3. Start saving lives! You'll receive emails with animals in need, view our Trello board of priority pets and notices and updates on the volunteer portal!

What Should I Expect?

There are many different types of animals who might require foster care. Some may fall into the following categories:

  • Medium to large adult dogs (small dogs and hypo-allergenic dogs are not eligible for the foster program)
  • Moms with nursing kittens or puppies.
  • Orphaned bottle babies or animals too young to be adopted.
  • Animals who are overwhelmed by the daily stressors of shelter life.
  • Animals who have been at the shelter for a long time
  • SafeKeep Program animals

Supplies and care: We furnish all the supplies you need, including food, litter, bedding, toys, enrichment items, and medical care. 

Behavior assistance: Need some advice on your foster pet's behavior? Our behaviorists have you covered! While the Foster Manuals provide basic information, our behaviorists are available for one on one consults!

Veterinary appointments: Foster parents are responsible for traveling to and from the shelter for medical care and foster care appointments. The frequency of appointments will vary depending on the reason the animal is being fostered.

For questions, please contact our Foster & Rescue Coordinator:
Jennifer Basinger
Foster & Rescue Coordinator



"I enjoy fostering because it allows me to not only spend time with animals I love, but to help out my local shelter and make an impact on dogs that otherwise may never have the opportunity to get adopted"

-MCASAC Foster