What does a foster home do?

Our foster homes provide food, shelter and lots of love to a cat, kitten, dog, or puppy in need. Since most of our animals are taken in from less than ideal settings, one of the most important things a foster can do is help socialize our animals and get them used to a loving home with lots of hugs, attention, and playtime.

Second Chance Animal Rescue covers all medical expenses for our foster animals, including any veterinarian prescribed food and medications. We will usually ask for you to attend one of our partner veterinary offices in Northern Virginia where the rescue receives discounted care, except in cases of emergency.

Second Chance Animal Rescue welcomes applications for those interested in both short-term or long-term fostering.

Short-term fostering can last a few days to a few months, and is used in cases of other fosters being on vacation, animals needing quarantine, or if an animal needs rescuing immediately and is waiting on room at our facility or with a long-term foster.

Long-term fosters typically take an animal until they are adopted, and have first opportunity to adopt once an animal is ready for adoption. We do expect our long-term fosters to bring their foster animals to any adoption events, and to make themselves available to visit with potential adopters when the animal is ready for adoption.

Foster Application

We are always in need of fosters for our animals. The more fosters we have available, the more animals we are able to take in and care for. If you have any room in your home to share with one of our animals, please fill out our foster application and return to us at foster@secondchanceanimalrescueva.org. One of our foster coordinators will get back to you to discuss the next steps in the process.

Dog Foster Application

Cat Foster Application