Foster Program

Open your heart and home to an animal in need!

The Foster Program, which provides temporary housing for animals in need, is an essential component of our mission to find permanent homes for all adoptable animals. Our foster families save lives by opening up shelter space and providing animals with attention and care.

What animals require care?

Un-weaned puppies, kittens, or rabbits with their mother.

Puppies, kittens, or rabbits old enough to eat on their own but not ready to be spayed or neutered.

Adult animals with injury, recovery, or weight loss/gain issues or while awaiting rescue or transport.

Select animals that need time in home for socialization.

How it Works

Step 1:

All animals are examined by our shelter veterinarian and given tests, vaccines, de-wormer and flea treatments.

Step 2:

The foster family picks up the foster animal(s) and supplies, provided by YWAC at no cost.

Step 3:

The foster animal brings their animal(s) to YWAC a minimum of every two weeks for examination. All medical issues are treated by our vet.

Step 4:

When the foster coordinator deems the animal(s) ready for adoption, it/they will be placed on our adoption floor until a forever home is found.

Adoption Ambassador

An Adoption Ambassador is a foster parent/family who has been trained to find a forever home for the animal in their care. The foster parent/family is empowered to find a safe and loving home through word of mouth, social media posts and emails to friends and family or by taking their foster pets to pet-friendly places throughout town. All aspects of the adoption are completed by the foster parent/family outside the shelter, which means the pet does not have to go back for any part of the adoption process.

All you need is love!

There is no financial cost to foster families, just a time commitment. Fill out an application or contact Ashley Thomas, foster coordinator, with questions at 865.215.6692 or foster@young-williams.org.

Apply Today!