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In order to save an urgent animal from the shelter, we must first have a foster home ready to care for him or her! By providing a senior pet a temporary foster home, you are not only saving his or her life from potential euthanasia, but providing his or her future family the chance at spending the best years of their lives with their best friend. 


What does it mean to foster an animal?

As a foster parent, you are essentially offering an adoptable senior pet an alternative to taking their chances in the already crowded open-admission shelter by providing them a safe, comfortable place to live until he or she is adopted. Foster parents are responsible for caring for their foster animals' every day needs, much like they would their own pet.

What's included with fostering for City of Elderly Love?

City of Elderly Love currently partners with numerous veterinary practices in the Philadelphia area to provide veterinary care to the animals in our care. City of Elderly Love will cover all necessary veterinary expenses for the animal in our foster parents' care. We can also offer behavior assistance and training support, as well as marketing assistance! If a foster parent is in need of general pet-care supplies such as food, toys, bedding and crates, City of Elderly Love can work to provide them as well.

How long will I have the animal?

The length in which a foster family will have an animal in their care is very much dependent on that animal's needs as well as the level of marketing the foster family decides to do for him/her. City of Elderly Love represenatives would be happy to help promote adoptable animals to potential adopters and find the perfect match for each specific animal.

How do I find the animal a forever home?

City of Elderly Love utilizes numerous adoption promotion sites to market adoptables. Foster parents are also encouraged to use social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to spread the word about their current foster pets. In addition, City of Elderly Love fosters are encouraged to attend our scheduled adoption events!

I have other pets and/or children at home, is that a problem?

Nope! City of Elderly Love is made up of experienced foster parents, pet adopters and shelter volunteers. To help ensure that a foster pet will be the right fit for your home, children and resident pets, City of Elderly Love has experienced volunteers and animal behavioral specialists on hand to assess each animals' behavior while in the shelter and help determine the home most appropriate for that senior pet.


Are there any breeds of dogs or cats that City of Elderly Love won't help?

No, every animal is an individual and should be treated as such! We work hard to find our foster parents and adopters an animal with the personality that fits their family and home best.


How do I get started?

Simple! Proceed to the Online Foster Care Application at the link above. A City of Elderly Love representative will reach out once your application has been reviewed! Have additional questions about fostering a senior? Email

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