Foster a Pet

Many volunteers find fostering to be the most satisfying, direct way to help animals. In order to save the most lives possible, we run our shelter at full capacity. Increasing our foster network is the only thing we can do to increase the numbers of lives saved by our shelter. In addition, there is the heartfelt gratitude of the shelter staff ... and the animals! Please take a look at our foster home needs and let us know how you can help.

For more information or questions about fostering please contact Caitlin Walker, Foster Coordinator at 970-625-8808 or foster@rifleanimalshelter.org.


We Need: (Click on All That Apply)

Kitten Foster Homes

We need an unlimited number of kitten foster homes for kittens to grow up in that will hopefully help them find their forever homes. We are would love for our foster homes to work with us to find foster kittens homes so they never have to enter the shelter. If you are not comfortable with adoption applications and phone calls, we will happily adopt the kittens at the shelter. Just let us know. We need several types of kitten foster homes. We need homes for bottle feeder kittens, scared kittens and for kittens that just need a place to grow up in. Foster kitten commitments range from 1 to 10 weeks usually and require bringing the kittens to the shelter for vaccines and to be spayed/neutered and microchipped. Please let us know what you can help with and we will get you set up to foster kittens!

Cat Foster Homes

We need an unlimited number of adult cat foster homes. Adult cats are very thankful to be in foster homes and we would love to see more adult cats placed in foster care. The time commitment for this foster home could be several months. We would like these foster homes to adopt the cat out to their forever home with the shelter’s help. We can usually find a cat that gets along with dogs, cats or children to fit your home. If you are willing to take a cat that has special needs or a special diet, please let us know. These cats are the hardest to place in foster care.

Puppy Foster Homes

Puppy foster homes need to have lots of love, time and patience. Puppies are a big commitment. It is also one of the most rewarding fosters. We would love for puppy foster homes to adopt puppies directly into their forever homes with the shelter’s help. If you are not comfortable with adoption applications and phone calls, we will happily adopt them at the shelter. The time commitment for this foster home is usually 1 to 10 weeks. Puppies will need to be brought to the shelter for vaccines, and to be spayed/neutered and microchipped.

Dog Foster Homes

We need an unlimited number of adult dog foster homes. If you have any special skills at training, please let us know. We often have dogs that need help with their basic manners. We also have dogs with medical conditions and special diets. If you are willing to help one of these dogs, please let us know. We would like our adult dog foster homes to adopt their foster dog into their forever home with the shelter’s help. We have many offsite adoption events that dog foster parents are always welcome to attend. Please let us know what your home is like and we will find a dog in need that is the right size and has the right temperament to fit your home.


What are the requirements to become a foster volunteer?

  • Our foster care volunteers come from all walks of life. No experience is necessary; we will train you. We’ll help you prepare, give you training and staff support, and provide you with all needed veterinary services for your foster “kids.”
  • • Must be 18 or older (anyone under 18 must have an adult supervisor)
  • • Have consent of your landlord
  • • Your own pets must have current vaccinations and be spayed/neutered
  • • Pass a required PACFA home inspection – (Pet Animal Care Facility Act )
  • • Be able to commit to fostering an animal for the length of time needed (minimum of 2 weeks)
  • • Have reliable transportation
  • • Be willing to transport foster animal to Rifle Animal Shelter for health checks and follow-up appointments
  • • Must complete and sign a Foster Care Agreement before acceptance as a foster caregiver.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent please read these common questions about fostering, download the foster applications below and then bring it to the shelter or email Caitlin Walker to foster@rifleanimalshelter.org

(Please attach our cat and dog foster applications. I have attached them to the e-mail)