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Foster Program

Open Your Home, Open Your Heart!

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 7,000 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?

The guiding mission of the Foster Care Program is to give animals the individualized care and socialization they need to prepare them for adoption. This could be treating and helping sick animals recover outside of the shelter, socializing spicy animals or simply giving an animal a break from the shelter. Information gathered during the foster process helps us place animals in homes and with families who can best meet their needs.

What Types of Animals Need Fostering?

  • Kittens need a foster home until they receive vaccinations and/or  weigh enough to be spayed or neutered.
  • Cats and dogs need recovery after an illness, injury, surgery, or other medical needs. All clinical needs will be handled by FAPL and fosters provide support.
  • Mother cats need a quiet space to feed and care for their litter.
  • Training or behavioral problem animals need special homes where they can be prepared for their adoption.
  • Humane animals needing a break from the shelter while our team fights for them in court.

What do we 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 Get Started?

  • Complete the FAPL Foster Application, which automatically gets emailed to our foster coordinator!
    Foster Application
  • Once your application is received our foster coordinator will conduct a follow-up phone call to review your application, explain the program further and answer any questions, or concerns.
  • For more information contact


Contact Our Foster Team

Foster Coordinator: Morgan


Phone: 440-322-4321 ext. 235

We’re grateful to our foster families who are so generous with their time and resources for animals in need. If you can’t foster now, please consider making a gift to Friendship APL.

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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