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Become an OFOSA Foster


Thank you for your interest in the lifesaving position of Foster Parent! You can provide the critical step for dogs and cats moving from the shelter environment to a permanent loving home. By opening your heart and home to a shelter animal, you prevent needless euthanasia due to a lack of space in shelters. The number of animals we save largely depends on the number of foster homes we have available.

There is no special training needed. You simply need a desire to care for a dog or cat and the willingness to meet the animal’s needs by providing:

  • a safe, healthy, clean environment (with fenced back yard for dogs preferably)
  • healthy food (provided if needed and requested)
  • medications (provided if prescribed)
  • your own home or a landlord that will allow you to foster
  • transportation to and from adoption appointments and vet appointments (if applicable)
  • other household animals must be spayed / neutered
  • medical attention if necessary, to be arranged through our office by our veterinarians

The overall mission of the OFOSA foster care network is to give animals individualized care and the additional time they need to locate their “forever home.”

*Please submit foster application to attend training.

Click here for some Frequently Asked Questions regarding Fostering an animal with OFOSA

Click here for some stories from our current fosters

Learn more about OFOSA and hear from some current foster parents in this short video. We’d like to thank Benjamin and Shinia, film students at Pacific University, for producing this awesome documentary:


Apply to be an OFOSA Foster: