Foster guardians are special humans with compassionate souls who open their hearts and homes to animals in need. Foster guardians provide love and care to animals on a temporary basis – sometimes just for a few days, sometimes a few months – depending on the needs of the animal. Foster homes truly are an extension of Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

Foster guardians help us ensure that every animal gets a successful start before adoption.

Some areas where fosters are needed:

  • Neonatal (newborn) animals – bottle feeding
  • Weaned animals who are too young for adoption
  • Hospice care for elderly or dying animals
  • Medical recovery for animals after treatment
  • Socialization fosters for animals that need human interaction


If you are interested in opening your home to a shelter animal and becoming a foster guardian, please submit a foster application.

STEP 1 – Start our online application by creating a profile with Better Impact, our volunteer software, and complete the application.

STEP 2 – The onboarding process includes a background check for all volunteers 16 and older.  You will be asked to provide the following as part of the onboarding:

  • Government-issued identification
  • Signed waivers
  • Photo

STEP 3 – After you attend an orientation session you will be assigned a foster animal.

If you have additional questions regarding our foster program please contact:

760-416-5718 x 114.