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 pets the opportunity to flourish in a home, rather than in a shelter environment. Foster periods vary from a few weeks to months, but the impact on the person and pet lasts a lifetime.

The Anti-Cruelty Society provides all fosters with program training, medical care, behavior support, and dry food. All Society fosters are licensed through the Illinois Department of Agriculture upon completion of program training. Foster volunteers are asked to supply treats, toys, bedding, and accessories for animals in their care.

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers many ways in which you can help care for animals from your home. Animals needing foster care include:

  • Underage: 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

 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.

Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible