Fosters must provide love and patience for adult, baby, or sick animals. 

Volunteer fosters should be able to do the following:

  • Give general care

  • Medicate if necessary

  • Take animal for vet care (animal needs to be brought into the shelter)

  • Socialize shy or feral animals if needed

  • Isolate the animal in a room separate from all other animals if needed

  • Make sure their own animals are up-to-date on their vaccinations (Distemper, Parvo, Bordetella, Rabies) and either spayed or neutered

  • Accept that the foster animal may not be put up for adoption if deemed unadoptable by the Kearney Area Animal Shelter (fatal illness/disease or dangerous aggression)


Fostering is vital to our mission!  Your work makes young, shy, or ill animals adoptable.  Their adoption then allows KAAS to take in additional animals. Fosters are needed for kittens with ringworm, bottle baby kittens, and nervous dogs that do better in a home than a kennel. The shelter covers all expenses of fostering, the animals just need your time and love!

All potential fosters must be approved and 21 years of age or older, allow a home visit, and attend a mandatory volunteer orientation class. Click the button below to fill out the Foster Care Program Application and bring the completed application into KAAS or submit the completed application via email to



How much time is needed to dedicate to fostering animals?

Time depends on the needs of the animal. This will be explained to you before you commit to a foster animal. If at any time you feel you cannot foster the animal for the original time specified, or because the time is extended, please contact the Shelter immediately so space can be made available.

What supplies do I need?

Food, medicine, and general supplies are provided. If additional supplies are needed, feel free to call the shelter and simply ask for the supplies needed! Please use the food provided. Food changes can cause an upset stomach. KAAS gets supplies much more cheaply than you can buy them at a pet store; please do not purchase items for your fosters without first asking if the shelter can supply the item. WE CANNOT REIMBURSE YOU for items you purchase unless arrangements have been made with us prior to purchasing the items. A receipt will need to be handed in to the Director. You are more than welcome to spoil your foster pet, just know you are responsible for these items you spoil them with!

Why are fosters needed?

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and directly improves the lives of the shelter animals waiting for their forever homes. Whether you are bottle feeding a litter of baby kittens or helping a neglected dog come out of her shell, fostering gives you the chance to change a shelter animal's life forever! The KAAS foster program gives the dogs and cats that are not yet ready for adoption a chance to thrive outside of the shelter environment.