Becoming a foster

Safe Paws’ foster program has provided over 450 animals a second chance at life. Every cat and dog that we’ve rescued from death row, sometimes mere minutes from being euthanized, only happened because a someone took action and stepped up to save their life.

Because of these amazing and selfless volunteers who have opened their home, Safe Paws has not only been given them another chance lease on life, but have been able to provide essential care, love, and compassion to animals who were reaching out with their last lifeline.

Foster requirements

  • Foster volunteers must be 18 years old or older.
  • Safe Paws is based in Iowa. Applicants must live within 60 miles of Ames or Bondurant to be considered.
  • Foster volunteers should have a comfortable, safe environment to provide an animal, as well as plenty of love to give!

Application process

  1. Apply to become a foster
  2. We’ll contact your once we’ve reviewed and processed your application, typically within 48 business house
  3. If approved, a home visit (virtual or in person) will be scheduled
  4. Once the home visit is completed and approved, it’s time to foster!

Nope! While many of our fosters end up getting toys and treats when they’re out and about, you aren’t required to pay for anything related to your foster. Food, kennel, crates, toys, blankets, vet visits, etc are entirely covered by Safe Paws.

It’s difficult to estimate how long an animal will be in foster care. It can be just a few days, a few weeks, or a month or longer.

The best way to help your foster find their family is by sharing photos/videos, filling out a thorough bio, and attending events.

Many times our foster families fall in love with their foster and don’t want to part ways with them. Please let us know IMMEDIATELY if you are considering this! Once we have started working through applications and potential adopters, we can’t stop the process.

💗100% waived adoption fees for 🐶 Dixie 🐱 Milo, Marilyn, & Linna 💗