Foster Program

Fostering a pet is an extremely rewarding and fun experience for everyone. If you are looking to make a difference, but can’t make the commitment to adopt, fostering may be the answer. 

The Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) foster program focuses on providing temporary housing for shelter animals in need! Foster volunteers open their homes and hearts to animals who require extra attention and care, including those who are too young for adoption, require socialization and/or need medical care.

  1. Can I Become A Foster?
  2. Types of Foster Animals
  3. Process to Foster

Yes! Becoming a foster care provider is a big decision, but a very rewarding one. From full-time students to working parents to pet owners and more, everyone can be a foster!  As you look at your lifestyle and home, ask yourself some of the following questions to help determine what type of fostering might be a good fit:

  1. What does my schedule look like? While in your home, foster animals become a part of your daily routine. You will spend time feeding, cleaning and socializing. You will also need to be able to make trips to and from the shelter and/or the shelter's contracted veterinarian's office. If an emergency should occur, you must be able to promptly transport the animal to a designated veterinarian for treatment.
  2. Am I able to separate foster animals from my own animals? For the health of all animals, it is best to keep your pets separate from shelter pets. Think about where in your home you might house your foster pet! 
  3. Do I love talking about animals? Some animals might be able to get adopted right from foster! Consider if you are comfortable talking with people or having virtual "meet-and-greets" with potential adopters to help get your fosters find homes. Staff will help guide you through every step in the adoption process.
  4. Am I interested in something specific? From bottle babies to shy, adult cats, from puppies and mom to energetic, young dogs. There are lots of different types of animals that need foster homes! Consider the above questions, along with your own interests and knowledge and then click on the next tab to see what types of animals we need foster homes for!

One-Day Dog Field Trips

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the Field Trip program has been put on hold until further notice.

Join us for our one-day dog field trip program! Go for a hike, explore a local park, relax in your backyard! We provide the poop bags, treats, leashes, collars, harnesses and shelter dog - You provide the adventure! 

 You will be contacted a few days before your field trip date to confirm your trip and finalize details. Sign up here!


Thank you for your interest in our foster program! If you have any questions, please email us.