Foster An Animal

Foster homes are a vital component of the overall health of our shelter and also help teach important social skills to pets.

Fostering helps animals gain more skills on how to behave in a home environment, work on training, and sleep more comfortably at night. Being in a foster home rather than a shelter environment lowers the emotional and physical stress of animals making them happier, healthier, and more adoptable.

For more information about fostering please call the shelter at 618-235-3712 ext. 102 or email:

Foster FAQ’s

Q: Does it cost anything to foster an animal for BAHS?

A: No! Fostering is 100% free and BAHS provides all supplies needed to care for the animal while they are in your care. BAHS also supplies all medical care for the animal as well.

Q: Do I need experience to foster through BAHS?

A: No! We love to expand our foster team to anyone who is interested in helping. BAHS staff and foster mentors are here for you for questions, concerns, and anything you may need while fostering.

Q: Does the foster parent get to pick which animal(s) they foster?

A: Yes! On the foster application, you can select which species and types of animals you are interested in fostering. While the BAHS Placement Team may suggest foster animals to you, it is ultimately up to the foster parent.

Q: What is the average time commitment for fostering an animal?

A: You can foster for as long or as little as you would like. You can foster the animal until they are adopted, for a week, weekend, sleepover, or day out. The length of time you foster for is up to you!

Q: I work, have children, and other pets. Can I still foster?

A: YES! Fostering is a family activity and we encourage you to get your children involved. The BAHS Placement Team will ensure that your foster pet gets along well with your resident pets as well as facilitate meet and greets between your pets and your potential foster pets.

Resources for current BAHS Fosters