Thank you for your interest in becoming a kitten foster with APS. Our foster program is truly a lifesaving program and we couldn’t do what we do without our amazing foster community.

With hundreds of tiny kittens coming through our doors, we need willing fosters to step up and take these animals into their care. Without fosters, shelters around the country like ours are overwhelmed with tiny felines that cannot survive on their own. We count on our foster volunteers to be the safe, warm homes that this abundance of “bottle babies” needs. Bring a willing heart and we can give you all the supplies and training necessary for success.

APS of Durham foster volunteers find the situation to be very rewarding. One kitten foster mom said, “I’ve enjoyed seeing these tiny kittens blossom into happy, healthy little beings who move on to wonderful homes that love and adore them. You know you’ve done right in the world and feel good. Then you get to start over with a new kitten or 2 or 3!  If you’ve ever thought about fostering, don’t hesitate any longer, it really is a great opportunity to help kittens AND make your heart swell.”

Please see requirements and steps to become an official kitten foster with us!

Step 1. Take a look at some important information about our kitten foster program here.

Step 2. Ready to commit? Fill out an application!

If you are ready to commit to being part of our foster program, please fill out this application. If you have already filled out this application, you do not need to do it again. Please keep in mind this is our general APS foster application. Our system will automatically filter you into the proper categories based on your interests. On your application, it will ask you what type of animals you are interested in fostering. This will help us best contact individuals and groups when there is a need. Once you fill out the application, you will receive an automatic response, shortly after, from our volunteer system saying you are approved. If you do not receive this message, please reach out to Larissa at

Step 3.  Training!

All fosters, new and returning, will be required to complete an online training module prior to picking up kittens from APS. This is to ensure both the foster and kittens have a successful experience while in our program. Please remember that if you joined us for the in person skills lab on April 9th, does not exempt you from completing the online training. The online training can be found below. A certificate will need to be sent to after completion. You will find that certificate at the end of the training!

Step 4. Be on the lookout!

As kittens trickle in, we will contact fosters via text, phone, and email. It truly all depends on the need at the time. When there are quite a few kittens, we often cast a wider net through email. When there are just 2-3 kittens that need help, we will contact someone directly. Please bear with us as our forms of communication truly depends on needs, staff time, and availability.