Foster a Pet

Interested in fostering?

Applications may be obtained & completed at the shelter or printed from the file below

Foster Application

Completed applications may be returned directly to the front desk or via:

  • Email:
  • Fax:  570-586-4375
  • Mail: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter,  Attn: Fosters, 967 Griffin Pond Road, S. Abington Twp, PA 18411

Processing time varies between 7-10 business days. For additional questions, contact the foster coordinator at 570-586-3700


Fostering is a great way to help an animal in need! Griffin Pond Animal Shelter needs volunteers to provide short-term in-home care for animals in need of special care.  With pre-approved authorization from Griffin Pond Animal Shelter management, all veterinary care for foster animals is paid by the shelter.  Food and litter may also be provided.  Fostering can last from a few weeks to several months.

Which animals are in need of foster care?

Not all adoptable animals are in need of fostering. Some animals are highly adoptable and ready to go to their new forever home immediately.  In this case, the shelter is the best place for them to be placed because of the high volume of people coming to the shelter to look at adoptable animals on a daily basis.

Appropriate Foster Animal Candidates:

  • Animals that require more socialization or special training.
  • Injured animals or animals recovering from surgery
  • Neglected or abused animals that are in need of special care.
  • Animals suffering from “Shelter Stress” are in need of a more calming environment.
  • Animals too young to be adopted (under 8 weeks old).   Kittens and puppies that have been removed from their mothers too young are very fragile and not old enough for to complete the recommended vaccination schedule. The shelter environment provides access to many illnesses and airborne diseases which is very dangerous to very young kittens and puppies. Even litters of kittens that are still with their mothers are at risk in the shelter. Orphaned young kittens and puppies also require bottle feeding.
  • Senior animals who would be more comfortable in a home environment