Behind the scenes of an animal shelter are many people working on behalf of homeless pets that are not quite ready to be adopted into their forever homes. These pets have varying needs. Often they are weaning from their mother, too young for spay/neuter or require special medical attention. Animal Humane’s team at our Donor-subsidized Veterinary Clinic work diligently to prepare these pets for success before, during and after their stays in loving foster homes.
Our dedicated team of Foster Care Volunteers assists our pets by gifting their time and compassion. By inviting foster pets into their lives, homeless cats and dogs experience the love of a human companion and return to our shelter as happy, healthy, and socialized pets…ready for adoption!

Through foster care, you can:

  • Observe the development of playful kittens and puppies with your family.
  • Help your children learn the important responsibilities of pet ownership.
  • Nurse sick or injured pets back to health so they can live full and happy lives.
  • Experience the joy of bottle-feeding puppies and kittens.
  • Provide nourishment and enrichment to puppies and kittens through the first few developmental months of their lives.

If you are interested in participating in this program or would like more information, complete an application today:

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Address (required)

City (required)

State (required)

Zip (required)

Home Phone (required)

Work Phone

Cell Phone

Which is the primary number where you can be reached between 8 am-5pm?
Home PhoneWork PhoneCell Phone

How did you hear about our Foster Care Program?

What kinds of pet(s) are you interested in fostering?





Bottle Babies - Puppies or kittens orphaned, in need of bottle feeding until 4-5 weeks of age

Mother w/nursing young (Mother needs to remain/kittens or puppies until weaned)

Injured or sick animals (Medication would be provided. Recuperation following illness or surgery, i.e., broken limbs, amputations, kennel cough or upper respiratory infection)

Cats/Dogs needing socialization - Animals needing socialization before being ready for adoption, or observation/rehab in a home environment, a change of scenery from kennel environment

How many pets would you consider fostering at a time?

(Explain if you have any limits or special conditions)

What are your reasons for wanting to foster a pet? (required)

Do you have prior experience with the type of foster care that you are willing to provide?

If yes, please explain

How would you describe the activity level in your home?
(On a scale of 1-5 where 1 = very quiet, 3 = varies, 5 = very active)

Foster parents are asked to keep shelter pets separate from their own pets, but we’d like to know a bit about them.

Does your current dog/cat get along with other dogs/cats?
YesNoI don't have pets

Please list the pets you currently have in your household, including: Name, Species, Breed, Spayed/Neutered, Age, Current Vaccination History

What type of home do you currently live in?
HouseApartmentCondoTownhouseMobile Home

Do you own or rent? (required)

If you rent, does your lease allow pets?

If you rent, what is your landowner’s name and phone number?

Do all household members agree to your fostering animals?

List all members of your household, including ages:

Puppies and Kittens under 4 months old have not been fully immunized, and therefore should not be allowed outside without circumstantial permission from Animal Humane New Mexico’s staff. Older, adult dogs (not cats) may have this allowance.

Please describe your yard (fence type and height(s), gates, shelter, grass, gravel, etc.)

Do you have a doggie door?

Are your windows fully screened?

Where will your foster pet(s) stay in the daytime?

Where will your foster pet(s) stay at night?

Work/School Schedule
35 + Hours a week20 - 34 Hours a weekLess than 20 HoursDo not work

Our Foster Program requires a home visit. Do you agree to this home visit? (required)

Do you understand that fostering animals is a temporary situation and you will be asked to return the animal to Animal Humane for adoption? (required)

By checking below, I certify that the information I have provided is accurate. I understand that intentionally providing inaccurate information can result in denial or termination of the Foster Care Agreement with Animal Humane New Mexico.
I accept: YesNo