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
  • COVID-19 vaccination record*

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

*COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:  The COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of participation in our volunteer program and you must be fully vaccinated by your first day of volunteering. Proof of vaccination will be required.

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

760-416-5718 x 114.