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Be a Foster Family

Foster families are a critical part of saving lives. Throughout the year, we often receive orphaned kittens and puppies that are too young and small to be adopted.  Even if we have room at the shelter for them, spending their days in a small kennel doesn't provide the attention and socialization they need to become well rounded and affectionate pets.  Spending a week or two (or longer) in a home where they can grow, be cared for, socialized, and loved not only saves their lives, but helps ensure they are ready to be adopted.  Please consider joining our family of foster families and help save lives. 


How to Become a Foster


  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Be able to keep animals in your home.
  3. Fill out the Foster Application.  Once you have completed your application, the Foster Coordinator will work with you to match you with animals who need fostering. 

See FAQs

What kind of animals need foster care?

  • Puppies and kittens under two months old
  • Mothers with nursing litters
  • Dogs and cats with medical conditions orinjuries
  • Animals with special needs

How long do animals stay in foster care?

The typical foster stay is two weeks to two months, depending on the needs of the individual animals in your care. The time frame of each foster situation will be discussed with you ahead of time.

Can I foster if I have pets of my own?

Yes, we welcome pet owners as fosters. Please keep in mind that there is always a health risk when exposing your pets to other animals, in any setting. However, the risk is minimal if your pets are vaccinated and in good health.  We also recommend keeping fosters in a quiet room of the house.

What expenses are involved with foster care?

Foster families provide care, exercise, socialization, and lots of love! We provide all food and any necessary medical care for animals in foster homes, including vaccinations and medications.

More Information


Would you like more information about fostering? Please send an e-mail to our Foster Coordinator or call the shelter at (909) 931-4185 and ask to speak with our Foster Coordinator. 


Thank You Petfinder Foundation

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter has been awarded a Petfinder Foundation COVID-19 Operation Grant to enhance our foster program and increase our capability to save lives.  Thank you Petfinder Foundation!



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Friends of Upland Animal Shelter
1275 San Bernardino Road
Upland, CA 91786
Animal Shelter Phone Number: 1-909-931-4185

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972 W. 9th Street
Upland, CA 91786
Thrift Shop Phone Number: 1-909-920-6020

Website: www.friendsofuplandanimalshelter.org

General Telephone:
1-800-627-1545

Email: info@friendsofuplandanimalshelter.org

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