Frequently Asked Questions — Fostering Animals

Do I have to have fostering experience?

No! No experience required at all — just a love for animals and some extra room.  


Is training provided? 

Yes! We will get you up to speed on how we do things and best practices. 


What do I have to provide?

It is ideal for fosters to provide their own crates or carriers and water and food bowls, but other than that? Just a loving home.


What does NPA provide?

NPA provides starter food, leash/harness, a toy, collar, and coverage for animals' medical needs. 


What are the usual time commitments?

Puppies and kittens tend to get adopted very quickly — usually within two weeks. Adults and seniors may take a bit longer, but they can also get adopted relatively quickly! There are opportunities for weekend fosters, longer- and shorter-term fosters, and transport fosters (a place for an animal to crash until they can get to their long-term foster).


Can I foster less frequently?

Sure! We need people to take in animals temporarily until their longer-term fosters are available. We also need weekend fosters for when regular fosters go out of town. 


Can I take breaks?

Absolutely. We want fostering to be a fun and rewarding experience for you. If you need a break, just let us know. 


Who can help me if I have questions?

We have a foster team available to answer any questions about your foster experience! We'll make sure you have all the contact information you need to stay in touch with us!


Can I request specific types of pets to foster?

Sure! Even if you initially expressed interested in puppies, you can always foster a senior or even a kitten. Just let us know!


Are purchases for my foster and driving for my foster tax deductible?

Yes! Talk to your CPA and/or consult tax software, but we are a 501(c)(3) and costs spent volunteering for us can be deducted.  

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4094 Majestic Lane #138

Fairfax, VA 22033



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