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Apply to Foster a Pet

As a foster parent you help to save lives by caring for the pet in your home until it's ready for adoption.

Fostering can be for as short as one week or as long as several weeks depending on the pet. Becoming a foster parent is a serious responsibility, as well as a huge emotional attachment, especially if the pet is reclaimed by its rightful owner.

If you visit the Animal Shelter looking to adopt a stray pet that had been found within the last three days, you will be asked to serve as the pet's foster parent until that mandatory three day hold period has passed.

As a foster parent, you will care for the pet at your home during the hold period. You are not the pet’s owner until the hold period has expired.

If the pet's owner is not found after three days, it is yours to adopt. You can then spay or neuter the pet and obtain a license tag.

All pets will be vaccinated, tested for heartworm, dewormed and microchipped before leaving the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    You must be a Miami-Dade County resident to foster a dog or cat from the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.

  • Foster Parent Requirements

    • Complete the Foster Parent Program application.
    • Attend a Foster Parent Program Orientation.
    • Orientations are held every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5 p.m.
    • Must bring the pet back to Animal Service every two weeks for vaccine boosters and deworming, if necessary.
    • Must be able to transport pet to adoption events as needed.
    • Must be able to return the pet for out-of-state travel when required.
    • Pets residing in the home must be current on vaccines.
    • All dogs in the home must be over one year of age.

    Foster a Puppy

    To foster a puppy, you must be a regular volunteer at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.  

    Foster puppies six months-old and over may become eligible for adoption after treatment and care.

  • Foster to Adopt Requirements

    • The foster care provider will care for the pet at home during the mandatory three-day stray hold period; however, you are not the owner of the pet until the hold period has expired.
    • If the pet owner is found, you must return the pet to Animal Services within 24 hours and the adoption fee deposit will be fully reimbursed.
    • Any expenses, such as food, sheltering, veterinary care, grooming, etc. will not be reimbursed by the County or the owner, if found.
    • Pet cannot be spayed or neutered until the stray hold has expired.
    • A license tag will not be issued at this time.
    • All pets will be vaccinated, tested for heartworm, dewormed and microchipped before leaving the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.
    • If the pet is receiving medical treatment at ASD, the medication will be provided to you so you may continue the treatment during the three day stray hold.
    • If the treatment must be done by a veterinarian technician or a veterinarian, such as daily bandage changes, you may return to ASD daily for this service.

Phone Number(s)

Locations and Hours

  • Pet Adoption and Protection Center

    3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
    Monday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.