Becoming a foster parent can be one of the best ways to help out our shelter pets. Many of the shelter animals do not show well in the shelter setting because of stress and fosters give them a chance to unwind as well as extending the amount of space available for our animals while they look for their forever homes. Athenspets does not have a foster program but our local rescue partners like Athens Canine Rescue (dogs only), Circle of Friends Animal Society (cats only), Three Paws Rescue (dogs & cats), and Athens Area Humane Society (dogs & cats) are always looking for great fosters to join their teams. In addition, Athens-Clarke County Animal Services now has a foster program for the shelter animals!

Fostering commitments vary from group to group, but the groups that work with us regularly provide all needed resources for the pet–food, crates, collars, litter boxes, etc.–as well as covering the cost of needed veterinary care. For more information, please contact the rescue group directly to inquire into its application process. The most important thing is to apply early to be a foster parent if you think you might be interested rather than waiting until the shelter is absolutely full since it takes a little time to get approved and set up. When the shelter desperately needs to move pets, rescues need already-approved foster homes to act quickly!