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Fostering 101

Fostering Saves Lives!

WAC holds two events to educate the public and promote the need for local fosters. 

Fostering 101 is a seminar which includes representatives from two local rescues who speak about fostering cats and dogs. Following the seminar, interested attendees can sign up to foster through either rescue organization. There are also adoptable/fosterable puppies and kittens at these events!

Pet-Ultimate Happy Hour is a meet and greet event at a local brewery. People interested in fostering can meet current fosters and their puppies and kittens for casual conversation about the role, responsibilities, and joys of being a pet foster parent.

Why Foster?

Fostering a dog or cat is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have! By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you are:

  • Freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another animal in need

  • Giving your foster pet the time they need to be ready for adoption

  • Helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the animal so they can end up in the best home possible

Who Can Foster?

Anyone over the age of 21 who has a secure living situation and can provide the time commitment needed to properly care for and assess the animal’s needs.

What do Fosters do?

Socialize the animal to a home environment and get them used to being around other pets and different types of people. Sometimes, fosters care for animals who are sick and under medical care.

Does Fostering cost me money?

Generally, rescues will fully sponsor their foster dogs and cats, paying for food/litter and all medical associated costs. Some fosters generously offer to cover the cost of food, to help save the rescue money. If you are fostering an animal independently (not working with a rescue or shelter), you would be responsible for all associated costs.

How do I get involved?

Contact WAC directly at and we will be able to connect you to the wonderful rescues we work with! 


When you see the amazing homes your fosters go to, in the end, it's all worth it.


Confessions of a Foster Failure:

"I considered myself a foster failure because my fosters have become my furever family!"



I foster because just when I think it's the dogs that need MY love, they end up giving me more than I could ever return. 


I started fostering kittens after adopting two kittens that had been rescues and fosters.  Once I started fostering, I saw how quickly kittens transformed when they were in a home.  I realized that this was the best way to give them a chance at being successfully adopted and my way of supporting the important work of the rescue community.  Fostering has been one of the most rewarding things I've done in my life and I encourage anyone who has the ability to do it at least once!


Local Rescues that use Fosters include:
Cats Only

All 4 Cats


Cat Adoption Team

Feline Matchmakers


Have a Heart Cat Rescue  

Facebook - Have A Heart Cat Rescue of Jacksonville, NC

Cats and Dogs

Adopt An Angel


Dogs Only

Cape Fear Rescue League


Dauntless Dog



(Rescue Animals Community Effort)

2019 Pet-Ultimate Happy Hour Flyer


2020's Event has been postponed 

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