fostering a pet
From baby bottle kittens to sick or injured animals that need a little TLC, we rely on our volunteer foster homes to keep animals safe and healthy before they can go to forever homes.
becoming a foster family
Our foster homes allow Winnebago County Animal Services to save the lives of hundreds more pets than would be possible through our shelter alone. Fostering is a rewarding experience that helps pets that require a little extra care before they are ready for adoption.
Animals that need foster care include:
Nursing moms and kittens
Animals with injuries or medical concerns
interested in joining our foster team?
To become a foster home, you must:
Be at least 18 years of age
Pass a background check
Ensure all cats and dogs in your care are current with a County rabies tag and license
Submit a volunteer application
Complete our foster orientation
hours / contact
Monday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
*Please note, all adoptions end 30 minutes prior to closing.
Daily: 7:00 AM. – 12:00 AM (midnight)
Phone: (815) 319-4100
Fax: (815) 319-4101
4517 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
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Ready to get started?
Complete and submit your foster application online!