Foster a shelter cat or dog

Fostering saves lives. By fostering, you will help us save more animals even if the shelter is full. It is also an opportunity for those who can’t commit to adopting but want to experience caring for a pet.

Fostering is a TEMPORARY arrangement to keep a rescued animal until space frees up at the shelter or they are ready for adoption. 

How does the PAWS Foster Care Program work?

Often, people come to the shelter to admit a rescued cat or dog, but they can’t be admitted due to lack of space. However, if these people agree to foster their rescued animal, they can be treated and eventually be admitted to the shelter. In a way, the foster home becomes an extension of the PAWS shelter, and it allows us to rescue more animals.

Fostering is also an option for those who want to care for a pet but can’t commit to a lifetime arrangement. Some people also use this as a trial period to see if they are capable of becoming pet owners. 

Fostered animals remain the “property” of PAWS until the adoption is finalized.

If you rescued a cat or dog, just bring them to the shelter and sign the Foster Care Agreement form. If you want to foster a shelter resident instead, our foster & adoption counsellors will help you select an animal to foster. 

They will receive deworming, basic vaccines, and spay/neuter surgery from the PAWS clinic, free of charge, before admission to the shelter once space frees up. We will not cover the fees if they are brought to another private clinic.
Although we try to provide food for fostered animals, foster parents may need to shoulder some of the costs if there is shortage at the shelter. For bottle-feeding kittens and puppies, we will provide milk and feeding bottles as well as guidance on how to care for them.

A foster parent must be prepared to care for their foster pet for at least 6 months. This is to ensure that the animal has recovered from any sickness and has been vaccinated. It’s best if they are spayed/neutered as well before getting admitted to the shelter.

Foster parents who wish to adopt their foster will be prioritized over other applicants. Simply inform admin so that your adoption application can be processed.

Foster Success Stories
With her new furdad, Tej
Dolores with foster mom, Mitzi
Dolores after rescue


Dolores was rescued in Boracay. Half of her face, including her eye, melted after someone poured boiling oil on her. It even made the news. After being confined at Vets in Practice in Mandaluyong for several months, she was fostered by Mitzi and her family for a year to continue home treatments and rehabilitation.

While in foster care, Dolores’s facial wound healed significantly and she gained a lot of weight. More importantly, she learned to trust humans and display affection.

Mitzi’s family said goodbye to Dolores knowing that she will be loved and spoiled as a “solo child.” She now lives with her furdad Tej in Quezon City and still enjoys a bit of a celebrity status everywhere she goes.

Adopted by furdad Ronald
Together at the PAWS Shelter
Sherlock and Chickie Boom in their foster home

Sherlock & Chickie Boom

Although they were rescued separately, Sherlock and Chickie Boom were bottlefed together in the foster home of long-time volunteer Alice and her partner, Javier. The two remained inseparable even at the PAWS Kittenery, where they spent close to three years.

Even as a bonded pair, the two had very different temperaments. Sherlock, who grew up to be a big athletic boy, tended to get overexcited by visitors, and would get bitey or dig his claws into potential adopters; whereas Chickie, who once had a booming meow (hence his name), was more withdrawn and often ate his feelings, turning him into a chonky chumbus.

While the shelter received a number of applications to adopt the boys separately, their adopter Ronald understood that the two balanced each other out and needed to be kept together. Thanks to Ronald, Sherlock and Chickie get to stay brothers furever!