Northeast Animal Shelter’s Foster Care Program is a life-saving extension of our adoption center. Foster parents provide temporary homes for animals that aren’t quite ready for adoption or who need help finding an adoptive home. Fostering is a personal and wonderful way to contribute to saving the life of a homeless animal.

How Do I Become an NEAS Foster Parent?

Please look at the below foster roles we’re currently looking to fill. If you are interested in any of the fostering categories, please click on the link to a full description of the foster opportunity and learn how to inquire.

Click here to view current foster opportunities

Commonly Asked Questions about our Foster Program

How Much Time Will it Take?

The time required to foster varies depending on the species and the reason for foster. The foster period can be as little as two weeks or as long as many months depending on the needs of the particular animal.

What are the Requirements for Foster Parents

If you rent your current apartment, we recommend you gain permission from your landlord or rental company or check your apartments pet policy before you foster. Foster families will need to dedicate the time to make frequent visits to the shelter if, and when needed. For this reason all foster parents should be within a reasonable driving distance to NEAS.

Is Fostering Right For You?

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience that requires a real commitment. The emotional aspects of fostering are difficult and should be discussed with all family members. It is easy to fall in love with any animal especially one that has depended on you. Oftentimes it can be difficult to see them leave your home for their new forever home. The wonderful part of fostering is knowing that you played a tremendous and extremely crucial role in getting them there!

What Does NEAS Provide for a Foster Animal?

We will provide you with all the supplies needed: Food, bowls, leash, collar, medication and litter are all provided by NEAS. We’ll send anything the animal is attached to, such as a bed or special toys. Our vet staff will care for the animal if the need for medical attention arises, and we will incur those costs. Foster animals are not to be brought to your family veterinarian without prior approval from our staff.

For more information on our Foster Program, please call (978) 745-9888 or email

Current Fosters

If you currently have a foster pet in your care, and you have behavior and/or medical concerns about your foster pet, please fill out the foster concern form found here. For all other foster care resources, please visit our Foster Care Library.

Don’t Have Room to Foster an Animal?

Consider making a donation to help support our foster and adoption center animals. We also have an Amazon Wish List organized with all of the things needed the most. Thank you for your support!