CCAS Foster Program

fosteringContra Costa Animal Services is launching a pilot Foster Program. We have had a thriving kitten foster program for several years and we are now expanding this program to include dogs and cats. The CCAS Foster program is a great way to help animals in need. The Foster person’s job is not an easy one. Dogs may need special enrichment for behavior issues such as separation anxiety. Cats may have trust issues and need socialization. Depending on the animal and the time of year, the foster could be caring for one of our animals for a few days, weeks, or possibly months before that animal finds its new home.

The pilot phase of this program will include current volunteers and staff so that we can iron out the bugs and ensure everyone is receiving the proper amount of support needed to make this program successful. We will be asking for feedback and information on the “good, bad and ugly” during the foster experience. Although we have to admit, we hope it’s mostly good and not too much ugly. Training and orientation for the Foster Program will take place on Thursday, May 18th, 6pm - 7pm, in the classroom at the Martinez Shelter. We are limiting the number of dogs during this pilot phase. The Behavior Department will be choosing 5-6 dogs for the program and we'll do our best to match the right homes to the dogs in need. If you are not chosen for this round, please don’t fret, we will definitely reach out to you in the very near future.  

Why Foster?


  • Each animal fostered in a home opens space at the shelters for us to save another animal! 
  • Preparing a homeless pet for adoption by giving your love, time, and friendship is such a rewarding feeling. 
  • Some animals just don't do well in a shelter environment. Fostering gives these animals a more comfortable and natural place to thrive. 
  • The addition of a (foster) dog brings immeasurable richness and joy to the household. Foster dogs will repay you for your patience and love by giving back ten times more love of their own. And when the dog goes off to a loving new home for life, your heart will swell with joy. What could possibly be more gratifying than to save a life and create a "happy ever after" ending? 
  • Expenses associated with fostering may be tax-deductible. Check with your tax professional for more details. 
  • Make new friends by fostering! It’s a great way to meet new people who care about animals. 
  • Fostering can also provide individual attention that certain special needs animals require. 
  • If you’re not in a position to adopt an animal now, Fostering is a great way to practice to see if you are ready for the life-long commitment involved with pet ownership.

Foster Program Materials
The Guide for Dog Foster Homes will provide you with everything from care requirements to showcasing your foster. Please download your copy here.