Foster Care Program

Tens of thousands of pets come into ACC each year. Often, these pets are too young to be placed in the shelter or have special needs that require a nurturing home environment. Foster parents provide a clean, safe, loving environment for homeless pets and help them prepare to find a new forever home. After receiving foster care, these pets are healthier and happier, which means they are well prepared to be adopted by a loving family. There are many different levels of fostering available. Click to find out more:

Short-term Foster

Sometimes an animal will come in that we know will be perfect for an upcoming adoption event. With these cases we prefer to home the animal in foster and then bring them directly to the adoption event.
Typical stay:1-2 weeks.

Standard-term Foster

ACC regularly takes in nursing moms with babies, kittens and puppies without mothers. These animals are not available for direct adoption due to age and weight. They will remain in foster care where they will learn how to eat, use the litter box, socialize and gain the muscle they need during development.
Typical stay: 2-4 weeks

Long-term Foster

Some animals come into ACC with illness or injuries that require just a bit of TLC in a quiet home environment. Perhaps they have had surgery or are recovering from a treatable illness.
Typical stay: 4-8 weeks

Adoption Ambassador

Sometimes an animal will come into the care center who has trouble adjusting to the kennel environment. They become stressed and anxious and tend not to show their true wonderful personality. These dogs just need time in a home where they can exercise, socialize and feel less anxious – letting their true personality shine through.

The adoption Ambassador program takes fostering to the next level. Participants at this level not only house the animal, but actively pursue the animals direct adoption. They network through social media, by walking around the neighborhood with their doggie adopt-me-vests and introduce their foster dog to communities who may not live near the shelter or even be familiar with the shelter at all. Typical stay: 3-12 weeks read more about the Adoption Ambassador Program.

Ready to take the next step?

Now that you have read through the descriptions of our different levels of Fostering, you are ready to sign-up for orientation. Dates for orientations vary, but take approximately 90 minutes. **Current ACC volunteers interested in fostering do not need to attend this orientation. Please e-mail the Volunteer Department if you are a current ACC volunteer interested in becoming a foster parent. Things to know before signing up for orientation:
  • You must be at least 18 years old to participate in our Foster Program.
  • There is limited space, so please sign up only if you are planning to attend.
  • Please arrive early to sign in. We will be starting the orientation on time.
  • If you are registered for the orientation but are unable to attend, please click here.
  • For more information about our requirements and policies click here.

Foster Orientation (Short, Standard, Long-term)

Wednesday, June 1st from 6:00pm-8:00pm
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1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

Tuesday, June 14th from 7:00pm-9:00pm
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Animal Care Centers of NYC Headquarters
11 Park Place Suite 805
New York,NY 10007

Adoption Ambassador Orientation

Thursday, June 9th from 7pm-9pm
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Tuesday, June 21st from 7pm-9pm
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Animal Care Centers of NYC Headquarters
11 Park Place Suite 805
New York, NY 10007