Foster | PAWS Chicago

Foster Care

Open Your Home to Save Lives

Foster and Help Us Save More Animals

PAWS Chicago fosters provide a lifesaving service for homeless cats and dogs. Fosters open their homes to care for sick and injured pets, animals having trouble adjusting to shelter life, pets who need work on their socialization skills, or those who simply need time to grow before being ready for adoption.

By fostering a homeless pet, you open up space at PAWS Chicago, allowing us to rescue more animals. Many animals are sitting at the city pound, uncertain of their fates. The more animals PAWS can take in, the more lives we can save. By giving your time and home to an animal in need, you help save a life.

Considering fostering?

We have all the details for you here. Read more

Sign up to become a foster

Begin the process by completing our Foster Care Application. Sign up here

Available animals

Meet the dogs and cats currently in need of foster care. See more

Resources for fosters

Already fostering a dog or cat and have a question? Start here

Foster First Program

Our Foster First program gives you extended time to get to know your new pup before adoption. Learn more

Contact us

Need to reach us? Here’s how

Ready to Become a Foster Parent?


    This form tells us about your experience with animals and which of our facilities you are able to get to.
  2. YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED. Once we review your information and approve you, we'll start sending you emails with animals available for fostering.
  3. EMAIL US.
    See an animal you'd like to help? Email us at and we will arrange a time for you to pick up your newest foster animal.

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