Pet Fostering

COVID-19 Latest News - Updated June 1, 2020

Effective June 1, 2020, the St. Charles County Division of Humane Services and Pet Adoption Center have reopened to the public, but are limiting visitation with animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those interested becoming a pet foster should complete an application and make an appointment prior to visiting the facility. To make an appointment to visit our facility, please call 636-949-7387.

Please be aware that building restrictions are in place. Upon entrance to any County building, employees and the public are encouraged to wear cloth facial protection, and everyone is required to have a health screening, including temperature check, before entering. Those with a fever or who have other COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter the building. Browsing of animals inside the Pet Adoption Center is not permitted at this time.

A pet can bring joy and laughter to a home. Studies also show that pets encourage people to exercise more, enhance family relationships, promote social interaction and improve emotional health. The simple act of petting a dog or cat has even been proven to lower blood pressure.

If you’re interested in welcoming a pet in to your home but are unable to commit to full-time ownership, you can become a foster parent. By fostering a dog or cat, you’ll socialize it and offer the animal a loving home until a more permanent place to live is available.

Foster parents provide basic care and a safe home. The Pet Adoption Center will assist you by contributing additional food and care supplies. All medical service expenses incurred through our contracted veterinarian will also be covered - except for Heartworm Treatment (which will be subjected to an additional $50 fee to cover the cost of medication). Depending on the animal, fostering can last from several days to a few months.

For information on our Foster Program, please email or call (636) 949-PETS. To speed the process, please complete our online application (PDF) before contacting staff.