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Become a Foster for Homeless Pets

Each year, the amazing fosters at Operation Kindness care for nearly 1,500 animals. Pets are placed in foster homes to help them grow, get socialized, and thrive. You can help puppies and kittens grow; mothers care for their young; and pets who need a bit more TLC before finding their forever families. Fostering is an important role because you are saving lives and helping prepare homeless animals for their new families!

Operation Kindness provides fosters with one-on-one training, and all necessary supplies including food, crate and toys. All medical care is provided at our on-site hospital.

If you are 18 years of age or older and allowed to have animals in your home, you can start fostering today! No experience necessary. To sign up, please submit the foster volunteer form.

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Foster Opportunities

PUPPIES, KITTENS AND MOMS: Too young and vulnerable for the shelter environment, fosters keep pregnant and nursing moms, and newborn puppies and kittens in their home until they are old enough for adoption.

BOTTLE BABIES: Bottle fosters are puppies and kittens 2-3 weeks old who are without their mother. They require bottle feeding for two weeks before transitioning to soft and solid food.

ADULT ANIMALS: Not every pet is ready for adoption when they arrive at Operation Kindness. Help an adult cat or dog by providing a temporary home before they become available for adoption.

MEDICAL FOSTER: Provide care for animals recovering from medical treatment or surgery. All medical treatments take place in our on-site medical hospital or in partnership with another veterinary resource. We provide all needed supplies and medicines, you provide a quiet environment for the pet to recover in. BEHAVIOR FOSTER: With the training and guidance of Operation Kindness’ Behavior Team, assist dogs and cats who need a little more help before finding their forever home.

Foster FAQs

  • How long do animals need to stay in foster care?

    The typical foster stay is two weeks to two months, depending on the needs of the individual animal(s) in your care. The time frame of each foster situation will be discussed with you ahead of time.

  • Can I become a foster volunteer if I have pets of my own?

    Yes, we welcome pet owners as fosters. With some fosters, specifically puppies, kittens and nursing mothers we recommend keeping shelter animals separate from your pets. This helps prevent stress and the spread of illness. The risk of spreading illness is greatly reduced if your animals are current on their annual vaccines.

  • What expenses are involved in foster care?

    Operation Kindness provides all medical care and all supplies such as food, crate, kitty litter and toys. Foster families provide housing and a safe place to stay. They also provide exercise, socialization, and lots of love!

  • Learn more by reading the Puppy Foster Manual or the Kitten Foster Manual.
    Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Operation Kindness,
    North Texas' Original and largest No-kill Animal Shelter.

    Pay your volunteer fees below per person and you will be directed to a survey to complete your application. All volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation webinar online and a hands-on training at the shelter before you can begin volunteering. Once you submit your application, you will be notified regarding the next available orientations.

    An application fee of $35 for adult volunteers and $25 for junior volunteers (6-16 years old) is also required, per person. This covers your badge, T-shirt, and administrative costs.

    If you are signing up to volunteer with your child, you must pay both an adult volunteer fee and junior volunteer fee.

    This application is NOT for court ordered community service. Please call 972-418-7297 for more information about court ordered community service.