Foster a Pet

Steps to Foster an Animal from Athens-Clarke County’s Adoption Center

  1. Fill out our foster application (button at bottom)
    • The Georgia Department of Agriculture also requires a home check, so all interested fosters must submit a short video of their home as well. This should be a short tour that shows where the foster pet will be housed. Please start outside with the house or apartment number shown.
  2. Once we receive the foster application and home video, we will set up an appointment for foster pick up.
    • All fosters must be pre-scheduled. 
    • Anyone with resident dogs or children will need to bring them to the appointment so we can have a meet and greet and make sure it’s a good match for everyone. 
    • Provide an idea what the home is like (low/high energy, active/calm) and what you want to do with the dog (hike/run/short walks, Netflix and chill, out and about). All of this info helps us find a good match.

Couch Crashers

Couch Crashers is a collaborative program to engage our community to foster, and to give the pets in our Adoption Center a much needed break from kennel life for the weekend. All pets must be rabies vaccinated and spayed/neutered (if age-appropriate), and off their stray hold period in order to be eligible for foster. 

*Please note that we do not typically send small dogs for Couch Crashers, as they are our most adoptable pets and do not typically need a foster.

Foster Over the Fourth

  • Pick-ups for Animal Services’ Foster Over the Fourth Couch Crashers fostering event are on Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1. 
  • Returns are on Tuesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 6.
  • All supplies are provided for you by Animal Services.
  • Applications will be accepted beginning on Monday, June 20

Program Details

  • All foster pickups and drop offs are by appointment only. 
  • All pets must remain in the home over closure holiday dates, as the Adoption Center is CLOSED.
  • All people and dogs living in the home are required to come to the appointment to ensure a good match.
  • ACC Animal Services supplies all fosters with a crate/carrier, food, bowls, toys, and a leash and collar.

How to Participate

Submit a foster application that includes a short home video of where the foster pet will be housed.


Abigail Sawyer, Volunteer Coordinator
706-613-3540 extension 7786

Two dogs snuggled together on a couch