5 to Thrive

5 days in a kennel, a shelter pet starts to lose hope.
5 days in a home cuddling on the couch, learning new tricks and indulging in that extra treat, a shelter pet begins to thrive.
Foster for 5 days and change a shelter pet's future.

Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) and over a dozen NKLA Coalition partners are asking you to help realize our 2020 vision of making Los Angeles a no-kill city. When you make a short-term foster commitment, you help our city's pets for a lifetime.

Help a shelter pet thrive!

Existing volunteer? Click HERE to foster. 

Want to foster, but you're not local to the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills nor the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West L.A.? That's ok because there are short-term fostering opportunities available at any of the six LAAS centers, as well as the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills and more than a dozen NKLA Coalition partners, including Angel City Pit Bulls, Kitty Bungalow, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Pacific Pups Rescue, A Passion for Paws, Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue, Heaven on Earth, Love at First Mutt, Love That Dog Hollywood, Outta the Cage, Pedro Pet Pals, Soula's Way Animal Rescue, The Kris Kelly Foundation and United Force for Good. 


Fostering a pet with Best Friends in LA

Best Friends' foster program helps LA’s most at-need pets: large breed dogs, adult cats, underage kittens (bottle babies and older) and medical/special needs pets. If you love pets but aren’t ready to adopt, opening your home as a foster is a great way to help out! If you have pets and are able to provide additional space for a foster pet, we would love to have your help too! Your foster pet may need a little training, medical care or just some extra attention. We’ll provide everything else to set you up for success.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You provide: a temporary place to crash
  2. You receive: food and supplies, veterinary care, and access to a 24-hour emergency line
  3. You provide: care and love
  4. You receive: endless love from your foster pet and the satisfaction of helping animals in need

Yep, all those fuzzy grins, grateful wags and unlimited cuddles can be yours. The bonus? Your commitment today can help bring Los Angeles to no-kill.


What type of pets can I foster?

Cats & Kittens

This year, we will see around 10,000 kittens (two months of age or younger) enter the Los Angeles city shelters who are in need of urgent rescue and care. We are looking for temporary foster homes for hundreds of baby kittens. The foster period typically lasts a short 2-3 weeks. The kittens are then returned back to us so we can find them a loving, permanent home.

We are also looking for foster homes for adult cats in need of a shelter break. Adult cats would prefer to be in a foster home for a minimum of 4 weeks. As an adult cat foster, you'll provide us with valuable information about your foster cat's personality and how they are in a home environment. This will help us find a wonderful family for your foster pet.

Sign me up!

Existing volunteer? Click HERE to foster kittens or cats.  


We have dozens of dogs (predominantly large breed dogs) looking for a break from the shelter – take one home today! By fostering an adult dog, you’re able to help us learn more about each pet’s individual personality and how they adjust to home life, which is valuable information to interested adopters. The foster period typically lasts 2-3 weeks, but could be as short as a few hours or a couple of days. As a foster, you can also help us find a forever home for your foster pet. Get started today by completing our quick and easy online foster orientation.

Sign me up!

Existing volunteer? Click HERE to foster a dog. 


Make a difference! 

Who will you be helping?

  • All animals we rescue come from the six LA city shelters: East Valley, West Valley, West LA, North Central, South Los Angeles and Harbor
  • There are 30-40 underage kittens coming into our city shelter facilities EVERYDAY during kitten season that are in need of a foster home
  • To see the latest numbers, visit LA Animal Services
  • Our greatest at-risk population is kittens under 8 weeks of age, especially bottle babies under 3 weeks of age


  • Willing to complete online orientation (~15-20 minutes), which includes creating a volunteer profile, watching a video orientation and digitally signing accompanying forms
  • If under the age of 18, you must have the permission to foster from someone over 18 years old in your household, as they will be the responsible party in our system. The responsible guardian will need to be the one who completes the volunteer profile and orientation
  • Reliable transportation and access to a computer with the ability to schedule your foster animal for appointments


Can’t foster, but want to help?

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Email fosterLA@bestfriends.org.