Dogs In Need of Foster Care

Thank you so much for fostering and saving a life!

Our dogs in need of foster care are listed below. If you are new to fostering with PAWS, please apply here to get started.

For foster meets with dogs at our shelter (2900 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19146), the expectation is that you will meet the dog and take them home the same day, so please come prepared!

  • All members of your household and resident dogs should be present for the foster meet. If for any reason this is not doable, please email the foster team to talk it through.
  • We will provide you with a sample of what the dog has been eating in the shelter, but fosters will provide dog food long-term. We can lend out any other supplies you may need including a leash, martingale collar, harness, crate, pee pads, and toys/enrichment items.

Please email foster@phillypaws.org if you have any questions, or see anyone that you think could be a good fit and are interested in scheduling a meet and pick up with!

For a refresher on PAWS’s foster policies and procedures, view our online orientation.

Every time an animal leaves for foster care, it opens a space in our shelters to save another in need. You are truly changing lives: not just for these dog, but also for others whose lives depend on a spot at PAWS. Read on to find your next foster dog!

If you are not able to foster at this time, many of our healthy in-kennel dogs are eligible (and very grateful) for day trips or short-term foster placements as a shelter break. If you are interested, please email us to chat more about what that may look like!

(updated July 13th, 2024)

Dogs Currently at the Shelter

These dogs are currently in our kennels at the PAWS Grays Ferry location (2900 Grays Ferry Avenue).

We are a small facility with only about 6-7 kennel spaces available at one time, so we really rely on foster parents to help us open up kennels so that we can save more dogs!

Name: Oliver
Intake Date:
7/2/24
Age:
~12 years old
Weight:
26 lbs, with a goal weight of ~20 lbs—he’s ready for his glow up!
Dog Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate and quarantine from any resident dogs for at least two weeks, and do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate from any resident pets and do slow introductions at home

  • Oliver is still in kennel at PAWS after almost two weeks, and would love to head into foster care! He may not be a Disney classic about a stray kitten in New York City, but he needs your company this summer in order to feel his best self, and start his next chapter. Please email us at foster@phillypaws.org if you’re able to help give him a loving home, and a very well-deserved glow up!
  • Oliver was surrendered to the city shelter after his owner was no longer able to continue caring for him, but they described him as a great dog and had only wonderful things to say about him. He had previously been living with them since he was a puppy, so he is undergoing a lot of change and transition right now, and would love some extra TLC from the comfort of a home. Oliver is friendly with people of all ages and other animals, and he is also housebroken and crate trained. A dream guest in every sense!
  • He is currently a bit overweight, so he would love a foster parent that is able to abide by a strict weight loss plan so that he can get his cherry eye repair and dental surgery to help him feel even better throughout the remainder of his golden years. Please let us know if you’re able to help us get this scruffy guy get into tip-top shape, and he will be the most appreciative for it!
Name: Brave Little Toaster aka BLT
Intake Date:
7/9/24
Age:
~2 years old
Weight:
40 lbs
Dog Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate and quarantine from any resident dogs for at least two weeks, and do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?:
Unknown, would require the ability to separate from any resident pets and do slow introductions at home

  • Brave Little Toaster, or BLT (the 2.0 version), is still in need of a foster home! Since he was found as a stray, we don’t know too much about him yet, aside from his love of bologna, being around people, showing off his wiggles, and booty scritches. So, we can’t wait to learn more about him from the comfort of foster care, and please email us at foster@phillypaws.org if you’re able to help him blossom!
  • BLT can initially be a bit nervous and shy around new friends, but once he has the chance to get to know them and open up, he’ll be sure to show off all his wiggles and wags, and sweetness. For non-human friends, BLT did well for his dog meets, but he will need to be quarantined from other dogs for the next couple of weeks. We also don’t know how he feels about cats, but are open to chatting more about plans for slow introductions!
  • Right now he is working on healing up his skin and resolving some GI upset, which he is receiving (once weekly) medicated baths and medication for to help him feel his best self. And once he is on the up and up, he will be able to have his neuter scheduled, and we can start this gent’s search for his forever home!
Name: Baby Squirrel
Intake Date:
7/12/24
Age:
~1 year old
Weight:
34.4 lbs
Dog Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate and quarantine from any resident dogs for at least two weeks, and do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?:
Unknown, would require the ability to separate from any resident pets and do slow introductions at home

  • Meet Baby Squirrel, the cutest dynamo with a heart of gold and a tail full of wag! This pup might have a name that sounds nutty, but trust us, she’s all about spreading the love. After finding herself in need of a new nest, this sweet girl is on the hunt for a foster home where she can squirrel away all the cuddles and belly rubs she deserves. Please email us at foster@phillypaws.org if you’re able to foster her!
  • We are still learning more about Baby Squirrel, but she has previously lived well with other dogs, and we think that she’d be an excellent match for some canine companionship after finishing up her quarantine period. She was also just recently spayed, so she would love a space to recover while she gets back into her groove, and then she can begin her adoption promotion.
  • Baby Squirrel is ready to turn over a new leaf, and hightail her way into your heart!
Name: Party Cruise
Intake Date:
7/12/24
Age:
~5 years old
Weight:
62.5 lbs
Dog Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate and quarantine from any resident dogs for at least two weeks, and do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?:
Unknown, would require the ability to separate from any resident pets and do slow introductions at home

  • Short, stout, and ready to bring it—meet Party Cruise! This baked potato just arrived from the city shelter, and would absolutely love to head into foster care to show off all of her moves. We are still learning more about her since she was found as a stray, but so far this wiggly lady has left a lasting impression with everyone. She is so sweet, spunky, and smiley, just watch her go here!
  • Party Cruise just got over a cold, but seems to be in pretty good health overall. To feel her best self, our vets have set a goal weight for her of ~50 lbs, so we are looking for a foster parent that can also act as an accountability partner for managing her diet and exercise. If you think that could be you, and you’re interested in joining in on the festivities, please email us at foster@phillypaws.org to learn more about fostering Party Cruise!
Name: Echo
Intake Date:
7/9/24
Age:
~4 years old
Weight:
15 lbs
Dog Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate and quarantine from any resident dogs for at least two weeks, and do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?:
Unknown, would require the ability to separate from any resident pets and do slow introductions at home

  • Now rocking his summer shave down, formerly and soon-to-be floofy again Echo is in need of a foster home! He arrived from the city shelter early this week after being found as a stray, so we would love to have the opportunity to learn more about him and his personality from foster care. And, he would love to show off his zoomies, of course!
  • Right now Echo is receiving eye drops until he is due for a recheck next week, and he may need treatment for his ears as well. He was also just neutered, so he will need a space to recover over the next few days, as well as be quarantined from other dogs for the next couple of weeks. We don’t know how he feels about cats, but are open to chatting more about plans for slow introductions with and potential feline friends.
  • If you are able to help out and foster Echo, please email us at foster@phillypaws.org!

Dogs in Need of Foster Transfer

These dogs are currently in foster homes, and looking for a new foster home to help keep them out of the shelter. 

**Urgent Foster Transfer Needed ASAP – Safety Net Program Participants**

Names: Bella & Pico
Intake Date:
3/1/24
Ages:
Bella: ~8-9 years old; Pico: ~2 years old
Weights:
Bella: 57 lbs; Pico: 6 lbs
Dog Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate from any resident pets, and do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate from any resident pets, and do slow introductions at home

  • Urgent foster transfer needed, please email us at foster@phillypaws.org if you can help! Bella & Pico are participants in our Safety Net Program, and their owner is hoping to be in the position to reclaim them by mid to late-August. Their current foster parents can no longer keep them, so we are looking for a new foster home that is able to take over their care for the next few months.
  • Bella & Pico’s fosters say that this pair always keeps them laughing, so if you’re looking for some entertainment, look no further than these two, and just watch them go here!
  • As you can see from his natural “little spoon energy,” Pico knows how to make himself right at home! He is very cuddly and and in true chihuahua fashion, does a cute little whimper when he asks for attention, or wants to take a nap on your lap. He attaches himself to people very quickly and will follow you around the house to make sure he’s not left behind. He’s a sweetheart, for sure! Pico is a happy little guy and relatively content as long as he’s with his people or other animals.
  • Bella is very sweet, but can also be an anxious lady sometimes, taking some time to settle into a new environment and to warm up to new peopleall understandable given all the changes she’s been through in the last year. As she settles in and gets to know a new place, she can be vocal, barking at noises and sometimes, at seemingly nothing. But with a little time and patience along with behavior meds to help with her anxiety (and her cute little calming shirt), she settles in and warms up, showing off her silly, very unique personalitydescribed by both her owner and foster as a little “awkward”, in the best way! Bella can be anxious when kept in a separate space at bedtime so would prefer to sleep in the same room as her fosters. She has an adorable little smile and often rolls over for belly rubs. She also loves sunbathing and enjoys lying on the patio in the sun, the finer things in life.
  • Bella & Pico have been living in foster care over the last few months with cats and two other dogs, and have done well with everyone! For any foster parents with resident pets, we’d still plan to do a dog meet first with your pup(s), but imagine they’d fit in with almost any crew ready to welcome in this sweet dynamic duo. Please reach out to learn more about fostering them during their time of need!

Upcoming Intakes

Due to our limited kennel capacity, we cannot intake every surrender request. The dogs listed below may either be an upcoming owner surrender appointment, or a dog at ACCT Philly we are hoping to rescue. Lining up a potential foster home prior to their arrival can help them avoid staying at the shelter altogether! 

**At Risk of Returning to Kennel – Urgent Foster Placement Needed** 

Name: Lacey Lynn
Intake Date:
ASAP! – Pending Foster Placement
Age:
~4 years old
Weight:
TBD, small!
Dog Friendly?:
Unknown, seeking a dog-free home
Cat Friendly?:
Yes

  • Lacey Lynn is at risk of returning to our kennels and in desperate need of a foster home, please email us at foster@phillypaws.org if you’re able to help this pint-sized princess in need! She was previously in our Safety Net Program and reclaimed by her owner, but unfortunately after their circumstances recently changed, they are needing to surrender her to PAWS.
  • Lacey Lynn can be on the more shy and slightly sassy side at first, but once she gets to open up and show her true personality, she is an absolute cuddlebug who loves pets giving kisses—and will greet you at the door and tap you with her paw to let you know how happy she is to see you again. Lacey Lynn would prefer an adult-only and dog-free home, but she does have a history of living well with cats as long as she as her own space for mealtimes. We also think that she would be most successful living in a quiet space and neighborhood, as she can tend to be more stressed and vocal with lots of stimulation and noise.
  • Lacey Lynn loves her bones, playing with stuffies, and receiving as many pets as you have to offer. When she isn’t enjoying her walks she’s “a total couch potato”. She has a history of using potty pads, so she will need continued work with house training if you are looking to get her on more of a schedule for outside time.
  • If you’re available to help out with fostering Lacey Lynn during her time of need, please email us at foster@phillypaws.org!

Dogs in Need of Foster Sitter

These dogs are currently in foster homes, and looking for a short term foster sitter to help keep them out of the shelter. 

**Foster Sitter Needed from Monday July 22nd through Monday August 5th** 

Name: Bella Ella
Intake Date:
5/11/24
Age:
~5.5 years old
Weight:
76 lbs
Dog Friendly?:
Yes, would require the ability to separate from any resident pets and do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?:
Unknown

  • In need of your very own house hippo for two weeks? Well, Bella Ella will be more than happy to accept the role by Monday July 22nd! She is in need of a sitter while her current foster has travel, and we would love to find a home for her to show off her wiggles and couch potato skills, in style. Her version of a chic space would be very accessible to the inside and outside, as she has some mobility issues that give her a slow gait, and hinder her from using lots of stairs throughout the day.
  • Bella Ella is a gentle giant who loooooooves people, and her tail starts to wag as soon as she sees anyone, even if it’s from across the street. She loves cuddles and body rubs, and often checks in by getting up from a nap to ask for pets. She leans her whole body into you and gives gentle kisses. She’s gentle when taking treats, gentle on the leash on walks, and her gentle brown puppy dog eyes are always looking for your approval.
  • Bella Ella loves a slow stroll through the neighborhood with lots of time to stop and sniff. She doesn’t ever pull on the leash, unless there’s a squirrel nearby! After an early morning walk and breakfast, she is happy to snooze the morning away. Bella Ella is housebroken, but prefers to have a chance to potty outside every few hours during the day. She gets short bursts of energy and wants to play tug or chase, but then is quickly is ready for another nap. She loves sitting on the front porch to watch the neighborhood go by.
  • Bella Ella was surrendered to the city shelter after her owner died, and also reportedly did well previously in a foster home living with another dog for over a month, so she could be a fit for homes with other low-key dogs. Bella Ella can be occasionally vocal when left alone, and would do best with someone that can be home more often, or someone that has a neighbor that may not mind the occasional howl or bark (that usually doesn’t last longer than 1-2 minutes).
  • Please email us at foster@phillypaws.org if you’re able to help out with this dog-hippo-baby seal all-in-one! You can view her adoption profile here, and also follow her on Instagram @adopt.bella.ella.hippopotamus to see even more of her highlight reel!