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Pet Safety Net Foster Program

Curveballs happen in life. And we want to ensure that hard times don’t mean you have to give up your beloved pet.

If you’re temporarily unable to care for your pet due to illness/injury, housing crisis, or other emergency and you’ve exhausted all other options, we can offer foster care in a trusted home. If you’re in need of a temporary foster for your pet(s), please read through the questions below:

  • Are you the legal guardian of this pet(s)? Applicants must be 18 years or older and the legal guardian of the pet(s). We can work with family members who are able to make legal decisions on behalf of an owner who is unable to contact us for health reasons.
  • Are you in Marin County? We’re only able to accommodate those who live or are receiving services in Marin County.
  • Will you be able to resolve your situation within 90 days? The Pet Safety Net Foster Program is designed to be short-term assistance. The maximum time we are able to assist is 90 days.
  • Is your pet(s) spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations; if not, are you willing to have them spayed/neutered and vaccinated? For the safety of your pet and any resident animal in a foster home, as well as our commitment to spay/neuter to end pet overpopulation, we require that any pet enrolled in the program be altered and vaccinated. We are able to spay/neuter and vaccinate pets free of charge upon intake into the program.
  • Will you be able to communicate with us on a regular basis? We require regular check-ins with you or an authorized agent to stay updated on timelines and care of your pet(s).


Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept additional applications at this time. For more information, please contact Community Engagement.

Animals are placed in loving, off-site foster homes, and no visits are allowed by their guardian for the duration of their stay.