Become a Foster


Can you love and nurture a pet until we find it a forever home? Fosters, along with Volunteers, are the reason why our rescue has been able to save thousands of pets since 2005.

Foster families provide temporary care for adult cats, kittens, adult dogs and puppies. Some animals need as little as a day or two in your home, while others may need care for an extended period of time. Your help as a foster is essential to our success. By offering your time, love, energy and home to an animal in need, you will save their life and prepare them for adoption into a permanent home. Anthem Pets does not have a facility and we rely on foster families to care for animals that enter our system. We are always looking for more foster homes – our demand is growing every day! 

If you would like to join this group of animal lovers or you need more information, please contact us in one of the following ways: send us an email at, text or call 480-287-3542 or fill out a foster application for dogs or for cats.

A great resource is our private Facebook group, Anthem Pets Volunteers & Fosters where you can keep up with our rescue efforts. If you see a pet you want to foster comment on the Facebook post or send a direct message to the group. Please check out the helpful Foster FAQs below. Thank you for making our rescue work possible! 

If you’re interested in volunteering, please click here.


❤️ Will I be driving around a lot?
That really depends. You are responsible for driving your foster to their vet appointments, and to adoption events. If you are fostering a new puppy or kitten, there may be three or four vet visits for shots and then surgery. If you have an older pet, there may be only one vet visit. We highly recommend that you do have access to transportation. If there is an emergency and you must get your foster medical care, you have to be able to transport them.
❤️ What expenses do I pay?
Anthem Pets does its best to provide you with food when you first start fostering with us. Sometimes we don’t have what you need, or we don’t have a volunteer available to get it to you. We can either order it to be delivered to you or you can purchase it and we will reimburse you (usually through PayPal). The costs we pay are for the food, any vet visits and medication, any special needs like medicated shampoos. We have items that have been donated that we can also get to you, like toys, scratching posts, litter boxes, kennels, bowls and misc. other “non-essential” items. The best idea is to communicate with your Anthem Pets contact before purchasing anything other than food or medicine. We have to be very cost conscious at all times and appreciate any items you can provide.
❤️ What if I fall in love and want to keep my foster?
That is the best question ever! The answer is easy. As soon as you have decided to keep the fostered pet, tell your contact at Anthem Pets. You will complete the adoption forms and pay the adoption fee and the pet is now yours. If your foster still needs to be spayed/neutered, that is okay too. We will still complete the vetting process and pay for everything. We pay for the shots, microchip, and surgery even if you adopt before it is completed.
❤️ How long will I have my foster pet?
The short answer is – until they are adopted. We would love our fosters to stay in one home and then go to their forever families. Puppies and kittens usually spend the shortest time in foster care because they are more in demand. Senior pets tend to stay the longest. If you are in a situation where you can only foster for a short time, please be sure to tell us ahead of time.
❤️ Can I foster if I already have pets?
Only you know the answer to that question. If your dog or cat gets along with other animals, then you can try it. If you already know they don’t, then it’s probably a good idea to pass. We can also use emergency fosters. In that case, you can keep a pet for a day or two in a separate room or area while we find a long-term foster. So, if you want to help out, that could be an option for you.

LOVE your Foster

Your job as a foster with Anthem Pets is to show the pet love and to care for them like they were your own pet. You are welcome to work on basic commands, and gently discourage unwanted behaviors (e.g. biting, jumping up), but they don’t need to be “perfect”, they need to be showered with love.

We don’t know their PAST

Often pets come to us who are lost, abandoned, or surrendered and we don’t know their past traumas. It is always best to NOT take dogs to a dog park or on walks, since we don’t know how they will react to other pets or people. If we have behavioral info, we’ll tell you up front. Note: Puppies should never be taken to public places until their vaccinations are complete.

Take it SLOWLY

If you have your own cat or dog, take time, and make a slow introduction to the new foster pet. You may want to isolate the foster for the first day to let them decompress a little bit. It is incredibly stressful and scary for a cat or dog to be lost, found, and transported.

Assume the pet is NOT house-trained

Typically, puppies and kittens are not house/litter box trained when rescued, so when we post for a puppy or kitten foster, assume that is the case.

When rehoming a mature dog, we usually get info that we can share, but things may change when they get to you. Even adult cats can have litter box issues under stressful conditions, so start with the assumption that the foster pet will need a little work. Please don’t place your new foster dog or cat in a room with your new, expensive carpet or furniture until you get to know them.

Be sure YOUR pets are VACCINATED

If you have pets in your home and are thinking of fostering, please make sure your animals are up to date on their vaccines. This is especially important if you are going to be fostering puppies that may have an illness we don’t know about. Older dogs that are current on their shots are usually in no danger. 

Be honest about ISSUES

If you are fostering a pet that has behavioral issues that haven’t improved with time and attention, please tell your Anthem Pets contact. We can arrange for training and evaluation or even a medical exam. Please communicate with us so we can work together.

PICTURES, pictures, and more pictures

As a foster you are responsible for providing great pictures of your foster pet, and short videos are welcome. These are essential to getting your foster adopted. Please send pics and videos to your Anthem Pets contact.


In addition to pictures, a great description of your foster will help get them adopted. Tell people all about your cool foster cat and how he sits with you while you work, or the funny antics of your foster dog. People read the pet descriptions because they are looking for a good fit. Please include details such as their energy level, favorite toys, or games, if they get along with kids, cats, or dogs, are shy around men, or if they just love everyone!