When you foster with the RCACP you are truly saving lives!

Foster Kittens laying down.

What is Fostering?

If you're not ready to make the commitment to adopt, fostering is a great alternative to caring for an animal in need! Foster care allows shelter pets to take a break from the shelter with you while they await their forever homes.

Why Should I Foster?

Many animals that are brought into the RCACP are not ready to be adopted into their forever homes right away. Many foster pets need medical or behavioral care. For puppies and kittens, they just need a chance to get big enough to be adopted!

By fostering a shelter pet, not only are you providing life-saving care for the animal you foster, but you are also helping the RCACP make space for another animal in need.

What Should I Expect While Fostering a Pet?

When you foster, you are offering a place in your home and your schedule for a shelter pet in need. The animal you foster will stay with you in your home and during this time, you as a foster parent, will treat them as a furry member of your household by giving them plenty of love, socialization, and playtime.

The RCACP provides all supplies needed to care for your foster pet during their stay with you, as well as any medical care they may need. All we ask in return is that you give them a safe place to stay, as well as plenty love and attention!

How to Become a Foster Volunteer...

Fostering is a fun, fulfilling, and free way to help the homeless pets in your community!


  1. Fosters must live within 1 hour of the RCACP and Emergency Vet Services.
  2. All resident animals must be up to date on all vaccinations.
  3. Fosters must be at least 18 years of age and have reliable transportation.
  4.  All resident animals must be spayed/neutered.

The first step to becoming a foster volunteer with the RCACP is submitting a completed foster application to

APPLY to become a Foster Volunteer today!

  1. Regional Center for Animal Care & Protection

    Physical Address
    1510 Baldwin Avenue NE
    Roanoke, VA 24012


    Fax: 540-344-4906

    Office Hours
    Monday through Saturday
    9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Adoption Hours
    Monday through Saturday
    1 to 5 p.m.