Foster an Animal

Thank you for your interest in becoming a PEAR foster parent volunteer. PEAR can save more pets  each year through our Foster Care Program.

Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months, some pets are in our Project ReUnite program, others are available to approved adopters.

Our greatest foster needs are:

  • Adult Dogs – especially larger dogs
  • Cats 
  • Momma cats with litters
  • Orphaned kitten and puppies

Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and PEAR will custom-match the animals to each foster home. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter. PEAR is always looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons. 

Most common reasons cats and dogs need foster care:

  • They are too young to be spayed or neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. When kittens and puppies are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds, they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.
  • They are nursing a litter of kittens or puppies. Although the shelter is a safe environment, it is not the best for raising babies.
  • They are being treated for injuries or illnesses.

PEAR provides: All veterinary care and medicine for foster animals, plus plenty of support to foster parent volunteers.

Foster parent volunteers provide: Time, pet supplies (e.g. cat litter, food), a place in their home and lots of love. 

How foster care works

  • When PEAR receives animals who are not ready to be put up for adoption, we contact foster parent volunteers. If a foster volunteer is not available to foster at that time, we simply try another person. There will be plenty of other opportunities to foster, so there is no pressure to take an animal. 
  • Foster parents may need to bring the animal to vet partners periodically to be examined by our veterinarian, receive vaccinations or other treatment.
  • Once the foster period is over, the foster volunteer returns the animal(s) to PEAR.

Fostering provides a safe place for our pets while giving us additional time to find them a home.

Fostering provides a safe place for our pets while giving us additional time to find them a home.

Get started

If you are interested in fostering with PEAR, please follow these steps:

  1. Be of age. The primary caregiver of the foster animal must be at least 18 years old. However, young people can help at home and potentially receive school credit. Inquire more about school credit at the orientation.
  2. Be in the area. ***ALL FOSTERS MUST BE WITHIN A 40 MILE RADIUS FROM ZIP CODE 28110*** Foster volunteers must be in the local designated area so the pet can go to vet appointments and local events. 
  3. Submit an online application to tell us a bit about yourself. If you have any questions about the process or signing up, please give us a call at 704.461.3300 or email us. Please Note: We require that the primary caregiver, and therefore primary contact person will need to provide an email address and phone number that is checked on a regular basis in order to fulfill communication requirements for fostering. 
  4. Have a home visit. We're only checking out the safety of the home to ensure there are no issues for a pet in the home. We will also discuss expectations, basic medical information, and have all your questions answered!
  5. Start saving lives. PEAR will match you with the foster animals that suit your lifestyle.

 Please note that PEAR cannot accommodate those seeking to fulfill court-ordered community service.