Welcome to the wonderful world of fostering!

ACC relies heavily on our network of foster parents to help decrease our on-site population and work with the amazing pets we have at our three full-service shelter locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Get involved today and find yourself a furry friend to share your home with!

Take your first steps with the ACC Foster Team by signing up for one of our Virtual Foster Orientations! If you’re interested in fostering a cat or kitten, click here. If you’re interested in fostering a dog, click here. At this time we do not have specific orientations for rabbits or guinea pigs – please sign up for the cat orientation if this is what you’re interested in.

If you don’t see an available date that fits your schedule, check back often! We will be hosting virtual orientations at least once per month.

We look forward to working with you soon!

Kitten Season:

Kitten Season continues into the fall! While it sounds adorable, Kitten Season is a time when we're flooded with thousands of boroughbred kittens that need YOUR help. Our next Virtual Kitten Foster Orientations is on September 28 at 7PM. Click here to sign up! We are especially needing fosters that can pick up and drop off from our Brooklyn Care Center.

Foster FAQ:

Who can foster? Just about anyone! You must be at least 18 years old to participate in our Foster Program. Additionally, if you lease or rent, you must get permission from your landlord prior to signing up to foster a dog.

What animals can go to foster? We work with each animal individually to find the best placement and set them up for success. The greatest need is usually for large breed dogs, adult cats, and seasonally for underage kittens (under 8 weeks old). 

What does ACC provide to foster parents? We will provide basic supplies for your foster pet including food, toys, cat litter, harnesses & leashes etc. We will also send you home with any medication your foster pet is on. We are available for behavior and medical support, as well as helping you find adopters for your foster pet. 

How do I get my foster pet? We are not able to transport animals to and from foster homes unless there is an emergency, so we do require that our foster parents be able to pick up pets from one of our three full-service care centers (Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island) and be able to bring the pet back if a medical emergency arises. 

How long will I be fostering for? We generally ask for a minimum of two weeks and the maximum is open ended. For shorter commitments, we have BoroughBreaks which allow you to take a dog out just for the day, or Straycations that help us get animals out of the shelter and into a home for a few days!

Can I foster if I have other pets? Yes you can! We do require that you separate your resident pet from your foster for the first 2 weeks. We are happy to provide advice on safe and slow introductions once the separation period is over.

Any additional questions can be sent to accfosters@nycacc.org.