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Open Your Door and Save a Life!

Paws for Life NC uses volunteers to provide safe and loving foster homes for the homeless dogs and cats that we rescue until they find forever homes.  Fostering is rewarding and it is an effective method for saving lives of animals who have no one else. YOU can make a difference in the lives of one of these animals!


Reasons to Foster

*  It saves lives!!!

* Making a difference is rewarding

* You provide the TLC--we do the rest!

* Positive & tangible societal impact

* Together we can do so much more!

* It saves lives!!!

What Paws For Life Does


  • We will pay for all vet bills and provide food and supplies.

  • We will give you a support team and all needed guidance.

  • We will advertise and promote your foster pet in multiple ways and provide weekly adoption events so that your foster pet can be seen by potential adopters.

What The Foster Does


  • Give the pet a safe and loving temporary home. Feed them on a regular schedule, provide stimulation and exercise. Work on teaching them good house manners to make them more adoptable.

  • Bring foster pets to our weekly adoption events at least twice a month until adopted.

  • Transport to our veterinarian when needed and administer medications prescribed.                       ​                                      

Who Makes A Great Foster?

  • Families of any kind. It is a great family project! Working together to save and care for a life teaches compassion and responsibility to children.

  • Single folks. Enjoy the companionship of a homeless pet without the financial commitment. A great way to meet other animal lovers like yourself!

  • Retirees. How perfect that you have extra time to socialize and work with a pet without making a lifetime commitment. Your flexible hours are perfect for bottle babies! And many retirees have much experience with pet care to offer.​

Ready To Get Started?


Can I become a foster caregiver if I have never had a pet?

Yes! We will give you all of the support and guidance you need. And what a great way to determine if pet ownership is what you want for yourself!

Can I become a foster caregiver if I have pets of my own?

Yes! We welcome pet owners as fosters. In fact, it helps the foster pets with socialization if they live with other pets. We work with each foster caregiver individually to match a foster pet with their current pets and life styles.

How long do animals stay in foster care?

Generally, it can range from two weeks to several months. Puppies and kittens are usually adopted quickly while older or special needs pets may wait longer for a permanent home.

What expenses are involved in foster care?

Foster caregivers provide housing and transportation for the animals in their care. PFL covers all other expenses including food, supplies, and vet bills.

Can I adopt my foster pet?

​We discourage the adoption of a foster pet because it usually ends the fostering process. By adopting one you miss out on saving many more. But if you really can’t part with your foster pet we do understand and permit adoption if you are able to provide a lifetime home for the pet.

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