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Dog and cat Fostering

Fosters temporarily take care of animals that have been rescued from high-kill shelters. Foster families give these cats and dogs basic care including feeding, socializing, and sometimes medication. Foster homes provide a safe, warm and comfortable place for these pets to recuperate and eventually be placed with their permanent adoptive families.

Fostering is the foundation of the rescue work we do and is the reason we can save lives. A.R.F.-Animal Rescue Foundation is an all-volunteer organization and all our rescued animals stay with foster homes until they have been treated, socialized, and are healthy enough to adopt to their forever homes.

Since we have no physical facilities, all of our animals are cared for in our fosters' homes. Without the generosity of our fosters, we couldn't have rescued the nearly 750 homeless cats and dogs we found homes for in 2018.

We provide the food, toys, supplies, and pay for all vet bills. All you need to provide is shelter and love.

To get start saving lives, click the link below to fill out a volunteer application.

Become a Foster Now

Still have questions about becoming a foster? Visit us at one of our adoption events to ask our fosters about their experience or see our FAQs.

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Meet Some of our Fosters

Foster Kim and Cat

Kim, Bolingbrook, IL

My Facebook page is called “It Started With One Foster Cat” and implies that as time goes by, my number of foster cats will increase as well! After adopting a cat from ARF in 2016, I wanted to volunteer in some way so I began helping at adoption events. It took me almost two years to convince my family to bring in a foster cat, so now I finally get to do that, too.

Foster Katie and Dog

Katie, Glen Ellyn, IL

The people at A.R.F. were incredibly kind and helpful when I was looking for a new dog. I had bounced around the idea of fostering dogs for a long time, and decided to take the plunge after getting my dog from them. A.R.F. never pushed me to take more than I was comfortable with. They asked the kinds of dogs I was comfortable with and what sizes of dogs I'd like. Also, with my work schedule I can only dedicate a few weeks at a time for fostering and then need a break. And that's ok for A.R.F.! I get the wonderful experience of helping dogs find the family they deserve while not worrying should something come up.

Foster Gloria and Kitten

Gloria, Wheaton, IL

I enjoy having cat butts in my face. But no really, I adopted my kitty from A.R.F., then started volunteering to help with social media and marketing. A bit later, I also became involved in dog adoption events, though my first love is cats (sorry dogs.... #NotSorry). When A.R.F.'s cat coordinator asked for emergency fosters a while back, I raised my hand to foster one. Nearly 50 fosters later, I'm so happy I continued to foster and didn't stop at one. Seeing updates on the lives of my fosters after they are adopted makes the challenges worth it. Fostering isn't always easy, but it is always rewarding.

Foster Susan with two kittens and volunteer

Susan, Bolingbrook, IL

I have a lot of cats of my own. A lot of cats, and we could absolutely not adopt any more. But I loved taking care of the kittens and helping them grown and learn. I stumbled onto The Critter Room where he was livestreaming his fosters, talking and interacting with the viewers. I thought, "I should do that!" I mentioned to our vet that we were thinking about fostering, and they said one of their techs was fostering with A.R.F. and I should look into them. So I did. And they said sure, come foster. And we did, with livestreaming at @Kittenville.il.

Ready to start saving these pets? Fill out our volunteer application and we'll contact you.

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