Foster a Pet

Please note, we are currently NOT accepting cat/kitten and dog/puppy fosters for our Boston Adoption Center.

Sometimes, animals in need of TLC will go to foster homes.  These might be kittens or puppies too young to do well in the animal shelter environment, an animal in need of a more lengthy recovery period from surgery or one needing to learn some manners through training in the home environment.  If you have room in your heart and home, you can help us expand our services and save more animals!

Our shelters in Boston, Brewster and Dedham are always in need of great foster parents. The length of commitment varies; some animals only require a couple of weeks, some require a few months. Foster a pet today!


Questions? Please contact our Associate Director of Volunteer Services, Debra Vogel at (617) 226-5670 or dvogel@arlboston.org.

Take it from One of Our Foster Parents

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Rose Quote

There’s so much I love about fostering, the feeling that you are really helping the cats in need: they’ve been surrendered or were found as strays and put into a cage in a room surrounded by other cats, probably very frightened, and I can give them a warm, quiet loving home with lots of food, space and toys. They are able to thrive in this environment.

I feel like I’m really making a difference in their lives.  And who wouldn’t love being able to play with kittens all the time? I feel so lucky!” - Rose Hendricks, foster parent for over 11 years.

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Application process: Submit your application charge of $15.00

  • IMPORTANT: A link to our foster application will follow.
  • Please understand that this is a non-refundable donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and helps us with the processing of the applications.  We review all foster care applications to match people with the appropriate animal cases since there are animals with various foster care needs.
  • If you are a match for our program and have been accepted into our program, you will be contacted by an Animal Rescue League of Boston representative by phone or email within four weeks of submitting your application. Thank you for your interest and support!
  • Supplies are available upon request - We can provide you with food, toys, and a crate.

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Foster Puppy

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