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Foster Program

Open your heart! Open your home!

Become a Foster for Friendship APL

The Bakalar Family with their foster dog - Kandy.
The Bakalar Family with their foster dog – Kandy.

Thank you for considering Friendship APL’s foster program. Your generosity can make the difference between life and death for hundreds of cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, and other at risk animals. Foster care is a critical part of our ability to adopt out more than 4,700 animals each year. Providing a space in your home and heart allows our animals to heal, grow, and prepare for their forever family.



Why should I foster?

Placing an animal in foster care means:

  • We can accept more animals at the shelter and save more lives.
  • We can reduce the amount of time an animal spends at the shelter.
  • We can increase adoptions by better preparing the animal for its forever home.

What types of animals need fostering?

  • Kittens and puppies need a foster home until they receive vaccinations and/or  weigh enough to be spayed or neutered.
  • Cats and dogs need respite after an illness, injury, surgery, or other medical needs. All clinical needs will be handled by FAPL and fosters provide support.
  • Mother cats and dogs need a quiet space to feed and care for their litter.
  • Mother cats and dogs need after care once the kittens and puppies have been weaned.
  • Training or behavioral problem animals need special homes where they can be prepared for their adoption.

What does Friendship APL provide?

  • We provide ALL the supplies.
  • We provide medication where applicable and access to vet care as needed.
  • Our volunteers and staff are ready to answer additional questions that may arise during your foster experience. Fosters will be fully supported through the entire process.

How do I sign up to become a foster?

  • Complete the FAPL Foster Application, which automatically gets emailed to us: Foster Application
  • Once your application is received an FAPL representative will conduct a follow-up phone call to review your application, explain the program further and answer any questions, or concerns.
  • For the time being, fosters will be contacted on an individual basis.  Our group Foster Orientation currently is on hiatus. You can see the Foster Program Presentation here: FOSTER CARE PROGRAM
  • For more information contact

Sometimes it isn’t easy to say good-bye, but when that pet’s fostering comes to an end, know there is another soul waiting to meet you. FAPL is so grateful for our fosters, we couldn’t save the animals we do without fosters like you.

Friendship APL

Friendship APLWe are a private, independent, non-profit humane society founded in Elyria, Ohio. We proudly own and operate the largest animal shelter in Lorain County.

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