Foster

Much Love is desperately in need of fosters!  Please read the information below about fostering a Much Love animal or email foster@muchlove.org with any questions. Visit us at a mobile adoption to meet our wonderful animals.

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Already know you want to foster? Fill out a foster application form and a volunteer will follow up with you within 24 hours.

Becoming a foster parent is rewarding and easy!  All it takes is filling out an application and, if approved, a volunteer will visit your home for a brief homecheck to get to you know better.  Our goal is to match a foster animal with you and your lifestyle that will be mutually beneficial — you know you are doing a wonderful service to an animal in need and the animal is introduced to what a true loving environment feels like.  By taking an animal into your home on a temporary basis, the animal is given an opportunity to adjust to a home environment, and we are given additional time to find a permanent home.

Please read the FAQ below and if you still have questions, email our Foster Committee at foster@muchlove.org.

frequently asked questions


foster2What does a foster parent do?

Foster parenting is a wonderful way to enjoy the love and attention of an animal without making a permanent commitment. Because we don’t have a permanent facility, Much Love’s foster program is one of the most crucial elements of our rescue organization. By taking an animal into your home, you are allowing it to become accustomed to a safe and loving home life. Although we can’t guarantee how long it will take to find the animal a home, the average is several weeks, however it could be as little as a few days or as much as a few months. If at any time you would like to discontinue fostering, you are always given the option to stop.

Do I get to choose which animal I want to foster?

Yes, whether you’re looking for a mellow kitty cat that sleeps all day or an active, ball-chasing dog that you can take on jogs, our goal is to place an animal with you that fits your needs and wants and is compatible with your lifestyle. We will help determine which of our pets fits that description.

I don’t think I could be a foster parent, I’d become too attached.

This is one of the most common phrases we hear each week at our adoption sites. We share the sentiment whole-heartedly. Because we take these needy animals from dire situations, nurse them back to health if they are sick, rehabilitate and train, and discover and love each of their individual personalities, we know how hard it is to separate from them when they go to new, permanent homes. But because of this strong bond, we also know how rewarding it is when watching their new owner shower them with kisses and love, and know that we had a hand in saving a life and creating a new family unit. Foster parenting is an integral part of the process, and we can only tell you that it is one of the most rewarding things around, and the reason we all work tirelessly to make it happen!

What if the animal I am fostering doesn’t work out for me?

If at any time the fit of the animal in your care is not working for you, we will be happy to take the animal back and try a different animal in its place. Just like people, animals all have different personalities, and our goal is to help find the right animal for your situation.

Do I have to pay for food or supplies for animals in my care?

Much Love provides all food and supplies while the pet is in your care, unless you would like to do so yourself. All supplies you purchase for fostering are often times tax-deductible (check with your tax advisor).

What about veterinary fees or emergency care?

Much Love gives all foster parents a list of veterinarians with whom we have associations with and pays for all veterinary fees for animals that are fostered by our kind foster parents.


If I have other animals in my home, can I still be a ‘foster parent’?

Absolutely, as long as your pets are comfortable with their new short or long-term visitors.

If I have children, does that rule us out as a foster family?

Absolutely not, although if you have toddlers in your family, we are careful in the choice of animal for your situation.

But how will the animal find a permanent home if it is living with me?

Much Love requires the animal to be available for weekend mobile adoptions where we show our animals to the public.  We ask our fosters to transport their dog or cat to at least mobile adoption each weekend.  If you can’t, we will work with you to have a volunteer transport.

How long will I be required to foster?

Because our animals have been shuffled from the street or shelters, to vet offices and then to different boarding situations, we prefer that foster parents try out the animal for as long as they are in our care. Although we can’t guarantee how long it will take to find the animal a home, the average is several weeks, however it could be as little as a few days or as much as a few months. If at any time you would like to discontinue fostering, you are always given the option to stop.

What if I have to go out of town on business or vacation?

This is the beauty of fostering! Not only are you getting the satisfaction of helping an animal in need, you don’t have to be tied down to it. If you need to go out of town for just a night or for a whole month, we will find another foster parent or a place for the animal to be boarded until you return. Much Love pays for all of the costs, if there are any, for boarding the animal while you’re away.

foster3Is there a limit to the number of animals I can foster?

Our priority is that the animals receive the best care possible and are introduced to a loving environment where they can grow and become accustomed to new situations. Each situation is evaluated and then we determine how many animals it is practical to have in your care. We don’t want to overburden our foster families and also want to be sure our animals, and possibly your own, are all receiving the care and love they deserve. Los Angeles county limits the number of animals at a private residence to three.

Ready to start fostering?

Fill out our foster application form to help an animal in need, or e-mail our foster coordinator at foster@muchlove.org.

23 comments on “Foster

  • Jeanne glover says:

    We live in Thousand Oaks. Is there a branch of your organization near here?

  • Nalani says:

    If we would like to foster a dog, and then would like to adopt them, would that be something that we could do?

  • Nancy Wolf says:

    Our fosters always have the option of adopting and many of our fosters do just that. Please complete the foster application on this website and then we will be in touch with you. Thanks!

  • Will I be able to foster a dog if I live in Denham Springs,LA?

  • Nancy Wolf says:

    No, we are located in Los Angeles.

  • Jack Toufenkchian says:

    Im interested in fostering a dog.

  • Nancy Wolf says:

    Please complete the foster application form and we will be in touch Jack

  • Marie Wynn says:

    Hi, how much would it cost to adopt a dog if i choose to do so after fostering? Does the price vary according to the size of the dog?

    Thanks!

  • David Mucci says:

    to Marie Wynn

    If your interested, I personally have an awesome little chihuahua mix 13lbs. 1 yrs. old. We are desperately trying to find him a home before he goes to a shelter. He is neutered, shots, records, comes with brand new crate, toys, bed, bowls, everything! We will bring him to you. And, if you are a good home we might even donate a little to you.

    please feel free to contact me directly. david.mucci@yahoo.com or text is great too. 919-423-6641

    Sooner the better, our little guy doesn’t have much time. 🙁

  • David Mucci says:

    To anyone within 1-2hrs or the SantaMonica area:
    If your interested, I personally have an awesome little chihuahua mix 13lbs. 1 yrs. old. We are desperately trying to find him a home before he goes to a shelter. He is neutered, shots, records, comes with brand new crate, toys, bed, bowls, everything! We will bring him to you. And, if you are a good home we might even donate a little to you.

    please feel free to contact me directly. david.mucci@yahoo.com or text is great too. 919-423-6641

    Sooner the better, our little guy doesn’t have much time. 🙁

  • Danielle Vega says:

    Interested in fostering a dog, where would i go to to foster one of your dogs?

  • Carla romo says:

    I need help fostering my dogs. I don’t know where else to go, I’ve tried getting in contact with different rescues but no luck. My dad is leaving to Mexico and I am currently unable to keep my dogs. It’ll take me a few months to find a bigger place for me to bring them with me. Please if you know anyone who fosters dogs in San Pedro, CA area please email me. I only have a few days left. After Sunday I don’t know what else to do.

  • Jessica Morales says:

    We currently live in HONOLULU Hawaii and are looking for a foster home for our 3 yr old dog, the military is relocating us and we will not be able to take our beloved boy..
    Looking for a foster home asap.. Please help! I don’t want to take him to the SPCA etc.. I dont know where else to turn….

    jessica.graham1695@gmail.com

  • Omar Alabbar says:

    Can anyone please help me out with my 1 year old Australian Cattle dog, just for a few months. I am currently an international student in Santa Monica but my college has just informed me they are closing. It was totally unexpected and has left me in a really difficult situation. I will transfer to Canada but not until August. I am planning to take my dog with me, I have contacted a pet relocation company and have given my dog all the necessary tests and vaccines. But now I have to go home to Dubai until I go to Canada in August. I can’t take my dog with me. It’s way too expensive and he would be too traumatised if I shipped him from LA to Dubai and then Dubai to Canada. Please can someone help me as I have no idea what to do. He is my best friend!

  • Omar Alabbar says:

    Can anyone please help me out with my 1 year old Australian Cattle dog, just for a few months. I am currently an international student in Santa Monica but my college has just informed me they are closing. It was totally unexpected and has left me in a really difficult situation. I will transfer to Canada but not until August. I am planning to take my dog with me, I have contacted a pet relocation company and have given my dog all the necessary tests and vaccines. But now I have to go home to Dubai until I go to Canada in August. I can’t take my dog with me. It’s way too expensive and he would be too traumatised if I shipped him from LA to Dubai and then Dubai to Canada. Please can someone help me as I have no idea what to do. He is my best friend!

    Omaralabbar@gmail.com

  • Dog rescue says:

    I visit day-to-day some sites and blogs to read content, but this web site presents quality based content.

  • Cailah says:

    Can i foster a mini pig

  • Danny says:

    I’m looking to rehome or find a temporary foster for 2 male dachshunds. One is 6 years 9 months and the other is 5 years 5 months. They are friendly and get along with adults and kids. Love to be cuddled and showered with love. Please feel free to contact me directly at dnegrete10@yahoo.com, 818-967-7697 or contact me on here. I am on the San Fernando Valley Area (northern Los Angeles)

  • leila says:

    I am interested in fostering a dog if u need to call me @ this number 3027372003

  • brit says:

    i have a sweet good listening dog that is a total lover. her name is maybee and she is half mini pincher and jack russel. she is small-medium sized black dog with brown and white areas. she is a good guard dog, too. we can’t keep her anymore and are looking for a nice home. does well with kids, too. thanks!

  • Thanh Nguyen says:

    Hi I am looking for someone to take care of my dog ( Great Dane pointer 9 months ) for about 2 years that is near Garden Grove, California. The new apartment doesn’t allow dogs and I’m underage to move out. I would really love to keep this dog and really appreciate the help! I will provide foods and other stuff that are needed! All I need is the dog to have a caring family that are willing to spend time with him and shower him with love. I would like to come visit once a while if you don’t mind. :/
    Please contact me if you are interested! Pandavinson3@yahoo.com, 675 – 271 – 6670

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