How to Become a Foster Family

Thank you so much for your interest in fostering! We have a tremendous need for more foster homes and would love your help. Without good, dependable foster homes, we are unable to rescue as many animals who are in need because we have no place for them. It breaks our heart when we have to turn deserving animals away.

Becoming a foster parent is one of the most important ways that you can support CPS, and at the same time, you will be helping a loving animal get a second chance at a wonderful life!  Since we don't have a physical shelter, all CPS animals stay in foster homes until they are adopted into suitable forever homes. CPS has two different foster home options to choose from:

  • REGULAR FOSTER HOME:  A regular foster home provides a safe, loving environment for the animal until it is adopted into a permanent home.
  • RELIEF FOSTER HOME: A relief foster home provides a safe, loving environment for the animal for a period of up to 14 days.  Relief foster homes are vital because many times our regular foster homes have vacations planned or emergency situations arise where they need help caring for their foster animals for a short time frame.

No matter which option you choose, CPS will work directly with you to place appropriate foster animals into your home, that are a good match for your family and lifestyle. The only payment or investment that you will have to make is time, patience, and love!  CPS will be responsible for the costs associated with the care of the foster animal. We will provide and/or pay for all medical care (including monthly heartworm and flea prevention) that the animal will need while it is in your care. We also supply crates, kennels, food and treats for the foster animals.

Requirements for a foster home:

  • All other pets in your home must be current on their vaccinations and in good health. 
  • A safe environment:  A fenced yard is required if you would like to foster large breed dogs.
  • All foster animals must be brought to meet potential adopters. Adopt-A-Pet events ( on hold due to Covid-19 ) are held each Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet and Greets are also scheduled during the week at the foster parent's convenience, if an approved potential adopter cannot make it to our Saturday event.
  • You will be asked to read and complete a Foster Home Application.

The first step in getting approved to foster an animal in need is to complete the convenient online foster application.  Once we receive your application, it will be passed along to our Board of Directors.   The next step will be a phone interview, followed by a home check.   One of our board members will come to your home and take a look around your house and yard to make sure it is a safe and healthy environment.   They will get to know you and the rest of your family (or roommates) and your existing pets. We'll complete a quick survey with you on what type of animals you are interested in fostering (for example: adults only, small breeds, house trained only, etc.), and answer any questions you may have at that time.  Once the home check is completed, you will be contacted by a board member who will let you know if you have been approved to foster. 

P.O. Box 5042 •  Concord, NC 28027  •  (704) 786-7729 •  petpals [ at ]