Foster Care

On the recommendation of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, Louisville Metro Animal Services is taking additional precautions, in response to COVID-19.  

Animal control will only respond to serious incidents involving a human and domestic animal in-progress, or to assist first responders. LMAS is open for adoptions, fosters, lost and found services, and stray pet surrenders, during business hours which are from 12-6pm, Monday through Saturday. 



Fostering homeless shelter pet can be a wonderful experience for you and your family. You can feel good knowing that you have made a positive difference in an animal's life. Temporary foster homes open-up kennel space so we can save more animals. Fostering can also provide individual attention that certain special needs animals require. Foster commitments range from a couple of days to several months, so you can choose foster options that fit your lifestyle.


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Online Foster Application

Printable Foster Application

Foster Manual 


What are the requirements?

  • You must abide by policies and procedures outlined in the foster care guide and foster agreement.
  • You must have access to email on a regular basis.
  • You must be willing to spend an ample amount of time with the foster animal(s) so that they receive the attention and care they need.
  • All animals in your home must have up-to-date rabies & vaccinations. All animals in the home must be disclosed to LMAS before fostering a shelter pet. If you are a Jefferson County resident, they must also be spayed/neutered. 


What types of animals need foster care?

  • Kittens and puppies too young to be in the shelter
  • Animals recovering from illness, injury or surgery
  • Animals that need a break from the shelter
  • Pets with special medical or behavioral challenges
  • Animals awaiting transport to rescue
  • Animals that need temporary placement due to overcrowding
  • Nursing mother and babies

Dog in shelter

People who are interested in fostering will need to fill out the Foster Application(PDF) and either email/fax to 502-473-2634, or bring the completed application to the LMAS Animal Care Complex, located at 3528 Newburg Rd.

For more information on our foster care program, please contact us.

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