What is Fostering?

Fostering is something that you can do to save lives! A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love.

Why Foster?

The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of living at the shelter. For some dogs and 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 decompress.

Whether it’s short or long term, we have a foster pet for everyone!

Length of foster care varies based on each animal. Some foster animals may only need your hospitality for a week or two, while others may require up to three months of care. The length of time can depend on the animal’s age, medical issues, and the amount of effort placed into marketing the pet. Most foster animals stay in their foster homes until they are adopted out, so marketing your foster animal is an important factor in length of stay!

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Maria Matticola

Maria Matticola is an all-star foster for San Antonio Pets Alive!. Since 2018, she has taken in 200+ SAPA! cats and dogs.

Maria focuses on fostering kittens and cats with medical issues, she's amazing at rehabilitating them and finding them great homes. According to our foster team, "If there is a cat at the city shelter with major medical problems, we can usually count on Maria to take him/her."

Not only is Maria a wonderful foster, she also volunteers regularly at our medical clinic and takes our dogs out for weekend staycations. She's a huge asset to SAPA! and has saved countless lives.