Foster Challenge



July 10 to August 10, 2017
Goal: 150 foster placements

Are you up to the challenge? Open your home temporarily and help rescue homeless kittens, cats, and dogs.

Foster homes are urgently needed: Philadelphia’s animal control shelter is full, and dozens of homeless pets are pouring in every day. PAWS is at capacity and is working as hard as possible to rescue animals, but we can only save more if new fosters come forward.

Foster care is needed for:

  • Mother cats nursing litters. Caring for them is often easier – mom does a lot of the work getting her kittens big and strong enough to be independent.
  • Orphaned kittens (pairs or litters) who are too young for adoption: they need homes where they can grow until they are big enough to be spayed/neutered.
  • Adult cats recovering from treatable illness like upper respiratory or eye infections. Ailing cats recover much faster in a comfortable home setting!
  • Dogs needing basic obedience training and experience living in a home to prepare for adoption. By teaching basic manners, you can help homeless dogs reach their potential and ease the transition to loving adoptive homes.

Get started: visit for information, and fill out this form to become a foster parent.

Or, stop by the following PAWS locations (appointments strongly encouraged; please email ahead of time):

  • 1810 Grant Avenue (Northeast Philadelphia)
  • 2900 Grays Ferry Avenue (Southwest Philadelphia)

How will I save a life? Every animal fostered from PAWS creates a space in our no-kill shelter for an animal whose life is hanging in the balance at Philadelphia’s animal control facility. As soon as we release an animal into foster care, we rescue another to take its place. The result is one more open space that means the difference between life and death for the next animal that comes in.

Why now? Summer is the busiest time of year in shelters, with “kitten season” at its peak and more animals entering city shelters than there is room for.

Are first-time fosters welcome? Absolutely! We have lots of litters who are a good match for new fosters, and we’ll provide plenty of guidance along the way.

I can’t foster. How can I help? Make a donation in support of our rescue efforts and foster program. PAWS is 100 percent donor funded, so our ability to save the neediest animals depends entirely on donations from the public. You could also donate supplies or items on our Amazon wishlist.