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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Foster Care

DuPage County Animal Services relies on a dedicated team of foster caregivers to provide temporary placement in a home environment while animals undergo medical treatment, receive behavioral support, or await adoption. Foster care is a critical piece of our effort to provide animals with a second chance at life. Foster families are needed to provide one-on-one care for kittens, cats, dogs, rabbits, and more!

For more information or if you have any questions, please email us or call us at (630) 407-2800.

Basic information and requirements for fostering:

  • DCAS provides supplies and medical care. The foster provides daily care, love, training and play time. Rabbit fosters are responsible for supplying fresh greens daily.
  • All medical care is done at DCAS. Fosters will need to have flexibility to bring animals in Monday-Friday as needed, for medical appointments.
  • It is helpful to live close to the shelter (120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton) as foster caregivers will come to the shelter for vet care, supplies and at the time of adoption. Some foster animals will make frequent trips to the shelter.
  • Foster animals should be separated from resident animals for a minimum of a 2-week quarantine period.
  • Resident dogs and cats are required to be current on their rabies vaccine.
  • Landlord approval is required for anyone who rents their home.
  • Adoption interactions are currently being done via Zoom calls and fosters are encouraged to participate.
  • Fosters are welcome to adopt their foster animal, however, will still need to meet all adoption requirements, including legal pet limits. 

Up Coming Foster Information Sessions:


Cats/Rabbits: To view a past information session, please click this link:

Dogs: Check back for future dates.


Each year Animal Services received hundreds of young kittens. Any kitten under 8 weeks of age (or two pounds) cannot physically stay in the shelter. Kittens this age are not fully vaccinated and have developing immune systems, which leaves them at risk of becoming ill. Kittens require foster placement until they are weaned and of age to be spayed/neutered and placed up for adoption.

In some cases, Animal Services receives pregnant cats or cats with nursing kittens. In other cases, orphaned kittens are brought to the shelter. Animal Services relies on a special team of highly dedicated foster caregivers who provide these cats and kittens with the care they need.

Found kittens: Not all kittens have been abandoned. If you have found kittens outside, please call the shelter at 630-407-2800, we will help you determine next steps. 

For more information on what to expect when fostering kittens, including necessary supplies, feeding and helpful tips, visit our Foster Kitten Program page.


Animal Services relies on foster homes to help many adult cats.  Adult cats may require a foster home to monitor medical conditions, provide a place for a cat to recover from an illness, receive socialization, provide a respite for long term cat or simply to help when the shelter is at capacity.  


Animal Services relies on foster families to care for adoption dogs that find the shelter environment difficult or overwhelming, dogs awaiting rescue placement and dogs in need of medical care.

Get started fostering dogs today by filling out a Canine Foster application: 

Please visit our Available Foster Dog page to learn more about the animals in our care that we are seeking foster homes for.