Foster an animal in Seattle while you're stuck in self-isolation

Mar 20 2020, 3:29 pm

Being out of the house all day is no longer a valid excuse for turning down a pet. For the next few weeks to months, while we’re stuck in self-isolation mode, consider fostering animals until they’re able to find a forever home.

Fostering animals also allows you to face all of the realities of being a pet owner while knowing that your temporary companion will eventually be sent off to a loving home. Most animals in the foster system are placed between two weeks to three months of foster care.

The system allows the pets to learn and grow in a home environment while they wait for their forever home. It’s also a rewarding and enriching experience for those who love animals but cannot commit full-time.

Here are five rescues in Washington to reach out to if you’re interested in fostering.

Many of these rescues are closing to the public, we strongly suggest reaching out to them by phone or email rather than visiting in-person.

Emerald City Pet Rescue

Emerald City Pet Rescue

Emerald City Pet Rescue saves dogs, cats, and small animals with known and unknown medical needs. The rescue exists to provide aid to abused, neglected, and homeless animals from high-volume shelters around the country.

Eligibility: Fosters must be 21 years of age or older, and live no further than 45 minutes away from the shelter. Those applying to foster must be able to transport animals to and from adoption meet and greets and vet appointments.

 2962 First Avenue South, Suite B, Seattle
Phone: (206) 557-4661

Seattle Area Feline Rescue

Foster animal Seattle

Jigsaw at Seattle Area Feline Rescue

The Seattle Area Feline Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill rescue. SAFe Rescue takes in homeless cats and kittens, gives them the care they need to recover, and finds them loving homes. This is a great resource if you’re looking for a cat as your foster animal in Seattle.

Eligibility: Fosters looking to care for kittens must be able to foster for two to three months. Those looking to care for adult cats must be able to foster for at least two weeks. Fosters must also be able to keep foster cats or kittens indoors and separate from other household pets.

 14717 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline
Email: [email protected]

Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs

Sweet Pea at MEOW Cat Rescue

In the early 1990s, a small group of animal-loving friends made a commitment to create a better life for homeless animals. They started MEOW, a non-profit organization with a no-holds-barred no-kill philosophy. MEOW promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals, providing shelter and care for each precious life until adopted into a forever home. Although titled MEOW, dogs are also available for foster and adoption.

Eligibility: Fosters must be able to keep cats indoors and provide them with high-quality food and litter, as well as be able to schedule and honor appointments at the shelter, vaccinations, and other medical treatments.

0600 NE 68th Street, Suite F, Kirkland
Email: [email protected]

Seattle Humane

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Seattle Humane

Seattle Humane has been around since 1897. Beginning as a society devoted to animal issues involving stockyards and slaughterhouses, it has grown into a private nonprofit dedicated to saving and serving pets in need. At Seattle Humane, you can foster as much or as little as you like for a wide variety of animals including kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small critters.

Eligibility: Fosters need to have room in their house for animals.

 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue
Email: online


Foster animals in Seattle


PAWS understands that understand that animals enrich our lives and work towards ensuring that all animals are respected, safe and have a voice. PAWS focuses on rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people.

Eligibility: Fosters must be 18 years of age or older, be able to transport the animals around Lynwood, and must live in the area.


15305 44th Avenue W, Lynnwood
5200 Roosevelt Way NE Suite B, Seattle
15305 44th Avenue W, Lynnwood
Phone: 425-787-2500