Memphis Pets Alive!

What is a Foster Home?

A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home or to move into one of our overnight adoption programs.  Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

Why Foster?

Because many of our pets cannot go directly into one of our overnight adoption programs, the only way that we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes. Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption.  Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.

In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a shelter.  For some of our cats, they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.

Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to overcome a behavioral issue.  Occasionally, it’s the joy of giving extra TLC to kittens too young to be adopted.

What does this mean for me?

As a foster parent, you would temporarily take an animal into your home and give us a character assessment of the animal. MPA! pays for needed medical attention, food, and supplies.  If the animal is not house trained, we hope that you will do some training to help make the pet more adoptable. Most of the animals will be coming from shelters. We ask that you be patient with them and try to help them transition to their new roles in any way needed. Help us try to figure out what they need to move forward and together we can make it happen. MPA! will be with you every step of the way.

What are my responsibilities as a feline's foster family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment

  • Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter

  • Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate

  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems

  • Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments

  • Transport to/from offsite adoption events

Apply to foster a cat or a dog today!