Foster a Pet

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is always seeking responsible and loving individuals who are willing to open up their home to animals in need.

Sometimes animals that are in need of a little extra TLC will spend time in a foster home, in lieu of our
Animal Care & Adoption Centers. From neonatal kittens too young to be placed in a busy shelter; to dogs that benefit from training in a home environment; to an animal that needs a relaxing space to recover from surgery; to an animal who simply needs a vacation;

YOU can help us expand our services and save more animals by fostering a pet today! The length of commitment varies from a few days to a few months.

Current Foster Care Opportunities

ARL’s foster care opportunities vary depending on the current need, so do not hesitate to submit an application.

Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

  1. Fill out an application and pay the $15 non-refundable application fee.
  2. See if you’re a match. 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’re a match, you will be contacted by an ARL staff member within 4 weeks. *Please note: ARL’s foster care availability varies depending on the current need and the submission of an application does not guarantee a match.
  3. Get supplies. Available upon request, ARL can provide foster parents with food, toys, a crate, and medical care.



There’s more than one way to help animals in need! Interested in volunteering your time in another way? Check out all of ARL’s volunteer opportunities.


For questions regarding ARL’s volunteer or foster care programs, contact Debby Chaplic, ARL’s Associate Director of Volunteer Services, at or (617) 226-5670.