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Shelter Open Hours


Mon - Fri: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sat: At Adoption Event (See Below for more details)

Sun: Appointments Only

Adoption Events

Dogs and Puppies

Saturday, Apr. 5

♦ 11–4, at the adoption center at 4328 S Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Saturday, Apr. 12

♦ 11–4, at the adoption center at 4328 S Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Saturday, Apr. 19

♦ 11–4, at the adoption center at 4328 S Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Saturday, Apr. 26

♦ 11–4, at the adoption center at 4328 S Westnedge Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Cats and Kittens

Saturday, Apr. 5

♦ 11–2, at PetSmart at 5200 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI

Saturday, Apr. 12

♦ 11–2, at PetSmart at 5200 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI

Saturday, Apr. 19

♦ 11–2, at PetSmart at 5200 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI

Saturday, Apr. 26

♦ 11–2, at PetSmart at 5200 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI

Please Help

Foster Animal Rescue Project Pets

What is fostering?

When you foster cats, kittens, dogs, or puppies for Animal Rescue Project, you care for those pets in your home until they are adopted into their forever homes. Foster care benefits everyone: it creates space for more pets at our rescue shelter, and it gives the foster pet an opportunity to live a more comfortable life while awaiting permanent placement.

Responsibilities as a foster care provider

As a foster care provider, you provide food, water, shelter, training, grooming, transportation to vet care, and a lot of TLC. Basic knowledge of animal care and training is a plus. If you need help with food, we may be able to provide some donated food. We can also take care of transportation to the veterinary clinic if necessary. We provide purchase orders for all necessary vet care, behavior and training help, and adoption counseling.

One of your biggest responsibilities as a foster care provider is to help us find the best possible home for your foster pet. Part of that commitment is to bring your foster pet to Animal Rescue Project adoption events. We encourage you to stay with your foster pet throughout the day, but we understand that that isn't always possible. If you aren't able to stay, we ask you to fill out a form with information about your foster pet's routine and home environment so that we can try to match the pet with the best possible family.

Foster care providers play an important role in the adoption process. We depend on fosters to review adoption applications and raise any questions or concerns presented in the application. Foster parents have the best knowledge about the pets in their care and are encouraged to help find the best fit for their forever homes.

Support for foster care providers

Animal Rescue Project has a large and active network of foster care providers, so you'll receive plenty of help and advice from other fosters. Some of our foster homes have provided temporary care for literally hundreds of pets over the years. They've seen and experienced a lot, and they're always willing to lend a helping hand to a new or relatively inexperienced foster care provider.

Adopting a foster pet

Fostering Animal Rescue Project pets is not a trial adoption. As long as you are fostering, you'll be helping find permanent homes for the foster animals in your care. However, foster care providers do sometimes decide to adopt a pet they're fostering.

If you decide that you'd like to like to adopt a foster pet, we may choose to waive the application process. But you will be required to complete an adoption contract and pay the adoption fee in full at the time the contract is signed. You will then be responsible for providing all necessary care for that animal as part of your family for the rest of the pet's life.

Getting started

To find out more about becoming an Animal Rescue Project foster care provider or to volunteer, please contact us or fill out our volunteer application form.

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