As an Open Door Shelter, the Animal Rescue League turns away no animal in need. This results in an overabundance of cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, and small animals, especially in the warmer months. Approximately 10,000 homeless animals enter our shelter each year. Many are not quite ready for adoption and require the love and care of a foster family to prepare them for their forever home.

We depend on a unique and dedicated group of foster volunteers to help us save more lives! By fostering a homeless animal, you can experience the joys of being a pet parent without the lifetime of responsibility.

The ARL Provides:fosterinternal

  • All necessary medication and medical care
  • Food and litter (when donations are available)
  • Education on how to care for your foster animal

The Foster Family Provides:

  • A safe and nurturing environment for your foster animal
  • Socialization for shy animals
  • A chance for sick animals to recover

Think you are fit to foster? Click here to see if you have what it takes!

Click Here to fill out an application & please register to attend a training session by contacting our Foster Coordinator at or leave a message at 412-345-7300 x231. ┬áTraining sessions are held at the Shelter on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 4:00 – 6:00pm, but you MUST register to attend!

Foster A Pet Pages

Browse the pages below to find information on our Foster A Pet.