The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Foster Program is a vital lifeline that helps to rehabilitate and adopt animals in our care. The individual love and care of a foster parent gives animals the opportunity to flourish in a home, rather than in an intense shelter environment. Foster periods vary from a few weeks to a couple of months, but the impact on the person and pet lasts a lifetime.
The Anti-Cruelty Society provides all foster providers with animal care training, veterinary care, necessary medications through our on-site clinic, access to our experienced behavior specialists, and service support. All Society fosters are also licensed through the Illinois Department of Agriculture upon completion of program training. Foster volunteers are asked to supply food, toys, bedding, and accessories for animals in their care.
The Anti-Cruelty Society offers several ways in which you can help care for animals from your home.
- Too Young: Animals who are younger than 2 months
- Socialization: Shy or under-socialized cats and dogs
- Medical: Contagious illnesses like kennel cough or Upper Respiratory Infection
- Medical: Non-contagious issues such as being underweight, hair loss, etc.
- SAFE Program: A boarding program for pets whose owners are in emergency situations
- Neo-Natal Kittens: Litters of newborns who need care with their mom.
- Heartworm Positive Dogs: Canines who need care while they undergo HW treatment
- Rabbit Fosters: Provide our resident bunnies with a break from the shelter
- Adoption Ambassador: Become a foster and adoption scout for an animal ready for their new home. For more information about our Adoption Ambassadors program, click here.
Learn more about how to become a foster volunteer here. If you have any questions regarding our foster volunteer opportunities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Foster Open Houses
Join us at an upcoming Foster Open House to learn more about the program, meet staff and foster parents who are already involved, and receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Society. Foster Program Applications are accepted and encouraged to be turned in at the event. No RSVP required. The Foster Open House takes place at our main adoption center at 510 N. LaSalle. Free parking is available in our garage, located south of Grand on Wells.
Saturday, February 18 12 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 12 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 12 – 3 p.m.