Fostering Saves Lives

Shelters & Rescues

The San Luis Valley has plenty of awesome shelters and rescues to choose from, should you decide to open your home and heart to a companion animal in need and become a foster!

Animal Rescue Of Southern Colorado Is A 501(C)3 Nonprofit, Foster Home-Based Rescue Organization, Located In Antonito, Colorado!

Ark-Valley Humane Society Is A No-Kill, 501(C)3 Nonprofit Animal Welfare Organization, Serving Chaffee County With Locations In Buena Vista And Poncha Springs.

Cats Alive SLV Is A 501(C)3 Nonprofit Organization In The San Luis Valley Advocating Trap/Neuter/Return As A Method Of Reducing Local Feral Cat Populations.

The Colorado ARC Will Be Designated As A “No Kill” Sanctuary, Working To Educate The Public And Provide Animal Therapy, Physical And Behavioral Rehabilitation, And Training. Located In Mosca, Colorado!

Upper Rio Grande Animal Society Dba Conour Animal Shelter Is A 501(C)3 Nonprofit, No-Kill Canine Shelter, Located In Monte Vista, Colorado!

San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society Is A 501(C)3 Nonprofit, No-Kill Canine Shelter, Located In San Luis, Colorado!

Soft Spot Critter Cafe Is The Perfect Spot For Any Animal Lover To Sit And Relax, Read, Access Free Wifi, Have A Coffee And A Snack And Socialize With Adoptable Animals. Located In Alamosa, Colorado!

Valley Humane League Is A Small No-Kill Canine Shelter, Located In Alamosa, Colorado!

If you have ever wondered what it is like to foster a dog, check out this video! Video Courtesy of Upworthy

what is a pet Foster?

As a pet foster parent or family, you provide a temporary home for an animal prior to permanent adoption! Fostering animals for local shelters and rescues is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving homeless pets and give back to the community! Dogs are the most common pets needing foster in the San Luis Valley, but some organizations may also need help with cats, rabbits, birds, or even reptiles or farm animals! 

Why are Pet fosters needed?

Animal welfare organizations work to place lost, abandoned, abused and relinquished animals in forever homes, which helps relieve overcrowding and reduces an animal’s stress by providing a temporary and supportive safe haven while it awaits permanent adoption.
Shelters and rescues try to match dogs and cats with homes that best fit the needs of both the animal and the pet foster’s lifestyle.

Photo Credit Jeremiah Higgins
Photo Credit: Andrew Pons


If you want to do something to help the animals, fostering can be a flexible, fun and rewarding volunteer job. Here’s why:

  • It’s more flexible than volunteer jobs that require you to show up at a specific time for a certain number of hours.
  • It’s a great way to enjoy a pet if you are not in a position to make that lifetime commitment right now. Fostering can be an excellent option for college students or military families.
  • Would you like to add a dog or cat to your household, but you’re not sure? Fostering can be a great way to find out.

Taking animals into your home, loving them, and then letting them go requires a special kind of person. Your role as a foster parent is to prepare the animal for adoption into a loving home.

If you’re not sure that you’re ready to foster, volunteering with an animal shelter or rescue is a great way to give back and help animals in need! 

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