Foster Care

At this time, we are only accepting applications for those who are interested in fostering adult dogs that have tested positive for heartworm disease and are currently undergoing treatment.

Applicants should be prepared to complete a phone interview, background check, virtual home visit, along with additional training and paperwork within a set time frame before they may begin actively fostering with us. If you would like to apply to foster heartworm positive dogs, please begin by completing the application below. After your application is received, we will contact you with next steps.

Heartworm Disease Foster Dog Application

Our website will be updated as our foster needs change.  Please check back periodically if you are interested in fostering other types of animals.

The Foster Care Program is an extremely rewarding opportunity, for individuals and for families. Foster volunteers provide care and a loving, temporary home to an animal with medical or behavioral needs until it is ready for adoption.

About the Foster Care Program

Want to learn more about the Foster Program? Check out this video from the City of Arvada.

Ninety-five percent of our foster animals are medically needy, and the remaining 5% require behavioral assistance.

What are Foster Parents?

  • Foster Parents are volunteers of Foothills Animal Shelter who provide temporary homes for select animals who may have special needs and/or require additional marketing to find a new family.

Why Do Animals Need to be Fostered?

  • Animals too young to be adopted
  • Mother animals and nursing offspring
  • Animals who need socialization
  • Adoptable animals who need TLC in a home environment
  • Animals with upper respiratory illness or kennel cough
  • Animals awaiting medical procedures
  • Please note that we do not foster-to-adopt

How to Apply

Foster Applicant Requirements: 

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Foster home must meet animal zoning requirements in resident’s municipality

Note: Foster approval and placement on a case-by-case based on foster home and animal details.

After your application has been submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted by our Foster Care staff to schedule a phone interview and provide information on filling out a background check (costs $15.40).

Orientation and Animal Handling Training Classes: Attendance of volunteer orientation and both a cat and dog animal handling session are required to become a foster volunteer.

Home Visit: Once you have completed the application, phone interview, background check, and attended the required training sessions, you will be contacted to schedule a home visit. Foothills Animal Shelter and state law require a home visit for all new foster families. During this friendly visit, a Foster Care staff member and a volunteer will come to your home to get to know you and your family.

Foster Pet Profile: With your input, our Foster Care team will create a profile of the animals that would best fit in your home environment.

Welcoming Home a Foster Pet: As animals become available for foster, you will receive communications with details about the pets available and you may choose to foster as you prefer. You will receive support from our Foster Care and Veterinary Services staff members.

Questions: Contact the Foster Care Department at or 720-407-5239.

Kitten Foster Guidebook

Download the guidebook here.