Your generosity ensures that Camden County Animal Shelter is able to continue to save the lives of thousands of animals every year.

Why Foster?

Our foster team is a very important part of the shelter! For every one animal in foster care, two lives are saved: the animal going into foster care, and the animal entering the empty cage. The shelter provides all medical care for foster animals; the foster parent provides, food, water, cat litter, and lots of love!

So what are a few of the responsibilities foster parents may have? That's wholly up to you, but we are always in need of foster parents who can:

  • Care for puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption.
    It is very difficult for young animals to survive in a shelter environment - the ideal situation for them is a foster home where they can be cared for until they're ready for adoption.
  • Train dogs.
    Please ask about our K9 Basics training program for shelter dogs.
  • Give an animal a chance to get out of a cage.
    Some animals spend months in their cages before being adopted, which is very stressful. You can help by giving them some time outside of the shelter and getting them used to a home.
  • Foster a special needs animal.
    Special needs pets require extra attention and care due to peculiar diffulties or tramatizing pasts. Some extra love and care go a long way for these poor friends of ours.
  • Foster a sick animal that is undergoing veterinary treatment.
    Remember how awful it is to lay sick and not have anyone brining you soup or caring for you? Our animals feel the same way sometimes and it would be awfully kind if a foster parent was willing to take them in and make them feel special.
  • Foster an animal to free up limited cage space when the shelter becomes full.
    The shelter is only so big! Sometimes, we get a flood of animals and we'll quickly run out of space. Please consider opening your homes to a few animals to help us out. We cannot care for animals we don't have room for and even a short fostering period would be greatly appreciated.

Check out our Foster Facebook Page

If you are interested in fostering CLICK HERE for additional information and our online application. Someone from our foster team will then contact you and meet with you to ensure a perfect match for you and your first foster pet. We want this to be a positive experience for you and the animal. If you have any questions, please e-mail to