Be a hero to a homeless pet.

By providing a short-term foster home you can be a long-term lifesaver. Our Kanab, UT foster team saves the lives of over 300 animals each year. For general information about what fostering entails, click here.

For information on fostering for one of our other locations across the country, click here.

What does it mean to foster a pet from Best Friends?

To foster means to open your home temporarily to a pet (or pets) and provide love and care while they wait to be adopted. Best Friends provides everything else: support, medical care, food and supplies. You can find more general information about fostering here.

What animals at the Sanctuary typically need foster care?

Several types of adoptable or soon-to-be adoptable Sanctuary pets need foster care for different reasons. Here are some common examples:

  • Mama cats with litters (until the kittens are old enough for adoption)
  • Orphaned kittens (until they are old enough for adoption)
  • Adult cats with special medical needs or behavioral challenges
  • Puppies (until they are old enough for adoption)
  • Adult dogs with special medical needs or behavioral challenges
  • Hospice care pets needing a comfortable place to spend their final days
  • Bunnies
  • Guinea pigs

Why foster?

Fostering helps prepare homeless pets for adoption and sets them up for success in their new homes. And as a bonus, you get to share your home with an adorable bundle of love and fuzz!

Fostering also might give you the opportunity to provide healing care for a sick pet, or to offer comfort during a senior pet’s final days.

How do I get started?

First time volunteers: If this is your first time volunteering with Best Friends Animal Society, you will need to make a volunteer profile and complete our foster orientation.
First time volunteers click here

Previously volunteered (in any capacity, not strictly as a foster): If you have volunteered with Best Friends before and already have a volunteer profile, you can go directly to the foster orientation in the voluteer portal.
Previous volunteers Click here

For more information, email fosterkanab@bestfriends.org or call 435-689-2502. Foster parents should live within a 45 minute drive of the Sanctuary.

For more information about fostering a homeless pet, watch the video below.