Foster Resources

As foster parents for The Anti-Cruelty Society, you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips to help you help the animal in your charge become ready for their permanent home. We’ve compiled the following resources to help answer commonly asked foster questions, while also providing added websites that can help address more specific topics.

Foster Reference Guides:

Foster Program Manual 2018

Virtual Volunteer Orientation

Adoption Ambassador Program Manual

Neo-Natal Foster Manual

Rabbit Foster Manual


Key Foster Contacts:

Foster Email:

Main Shelter Phone: (312) 644-8338

Customer Service: ext. 8221

Foster Support Services:

  • Sunday – Thursday: Tara ext. 8096
  • Monday – Friday: Lydia ext. 8094
  • Tuesday – Saturday: Eric ext. 8092

Animal Behavior & Training: ext. 8253

Veterinary Clinic (10am-4pm): ext. 8052


Foster Links:

Foster Candidates Page

Recent Adoptions


Foster Animal Forms:

Cat Personality Profile

Dog Personality Profile


Cat Adoption Form

Dog Adoption Form


General Guides:

General Pet Health

Socialization Tips

Preventing Animal Bites

Improper Attention Seeking


Cat Guides:

General Cat Health

General Cat Training

Introducing Your Foster Cat

Scratching Furniture

Play Biting

Litter Box Lapses


Dog Guides:

General Dog Health

General Dog Training

Introducing Your Foster Dog

Breed Specific Behaviors

Introducing Babies & Children


Additional Resources:

ASPCA Virtual Behaviorist

HSUS Behavior & Training Articles

Dog Star Daily


Helpful Articles:

“Saying Goodbye to Your Foster”

How to Survive Puppy Teething and Nipping

“Separation Anxiety”

“Dog Training Hints”


Recommended Reading:

Think Like a Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett

The Cat Whisperer by Mieshelle Nagelschneider

Love Has No Age Limit – Welcoming an Adopted Dog Into Your Home by Patricia McConnell and Karen London; we sell this in our store!

Before You Get Your Puppy and After You Get Your Puppy, both by Ian Dunbar; I consider them must reads for new puppy owners; both can be downloaded FOR FREE at

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin; teaching basic manners and solving common behavior problems

Living with Kids and Dogs – Without Losing Your Mind by Colleen Pelar

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