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Foster Corner

Foster vs. Pre-Adopt

What does it mean?

A Foster is someone who temporarily provides a loving home for one of our shelter pets until they are available for adoption. 

Pre-Adopt occurs when a person wishes to adopt one of our shelter pets, but that animal is not yet ready for adoption. Often this is because the animal is not of age to be spayed or neutered or is receiving medical care. They will foster the animal in their home until it is ready for adoption.  

Fostering animals for Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter is a very rewarding experience, and we are grateful for our community of foster caregivers! The resources on this page were developed to help provide optimal care for our shelter pets while they in foster. 

A few key things to remember when fostering:

  • Foster pets must be kept separate from animals in your home. This includes exposure to common areas. 
  • Never medicate a foster pet, unless it has been prescribed by our shelter veterinarian.
  • We are here to help you. 
  • Enjoy your time together and know that you’ve made a difference in the life of a shelter pet!
Foster Pet Illness and Emergency Contacts

If your foster pet is ill or you have an emergency, please call the shelter at 973-386-0590 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm daily. General questions, or non-emergent matters can be emailed to:

  • Brisa Prada, Foster Coordinator (
  • Dana DePalma, Lead Veterinary Technician (

For after-hours emergencies, the shelter is affiliated with:

Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG)


Animal Emergency and Referal Associates (AERA)

For more information, please contact our Foster Coordinator at (973) 386-0590.

To apply to become a foster, please complete our online application.

We will contact you within 7 days of receipt of your application.