United Animal Friends is a foster-based organization, which means that as much as possible, the cats and dogs in our care live in our homes rather than in a shelter.  Fostering pets in a home environment teaches them what they need to know to fit into a forever home. The pets are socialized, taught manners and are exposed to conditions that will lead to successful adoptions.  The more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save.

Foster ad for webAnd fostering isn't just good for the pet; it also provides great benefits to the foster. Our volunteer fosters tell us that taking a dog or cat into their home, getting to know them, and helping them find the perfect forever home is one of the most rewarding feelings there is.  Fostering a dog can motivate you to get more regular excersize and is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

Having a cat can trigger calming chemicals in the body, decreasing stress and anxiety levels.  Studies indicate that cat owners (and fosters) have a lower risk of stroke than any other pet owner.  The calming effect of petting a cat releases oxytocin, the “feel good” hormone that induces feelings of love and trust.  Cat owners (and fosters!) are known to have lower blood pressure due to the calming presence cats provide. Studies also show that cat owners (and fosters!) have a decreased risk of heart disease and heart attacks and lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels.  Foster a cat or kitten and reduce stress and anxiety, decrease your risk of stroke, lower your blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol, and have fun doing it!  It’s good for your heart; not just for the health benefits but for the emotional benefits too.  You’ll not only be saving a cat’s life, you could also be saving your own.

Would you like to become a foster?  Please read the Dog Foster Guidelines or Cat Foster Guidelines for more information.  To begin the process of becoming a dog or cat foster parent, please complete the Dog Foster Home Application or Cat Foster Home Application.  

Foster Coordinator for Dogs: 
Mary Cannon.

Foster Coordinator for Cats: 
Suzy B.