Provide love! Help us by fostering an abandoned dog or puppy in your home.

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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Your HomeSanta Rosa, CA 95409


We need foster parents who:

  • Are allowed pets in their homes or apartments
  • Have the time to take care of a pet who may need some extra attention at first
  • Have a fenced yard or enclosed patio or porch
  • Will take the time to get to know each dog so we can fully explain the animal to potential adopters
  • Have time to love abandoned and abused pets so they can reach their full potential
  • Will bring foster pets to adoption events
  • Once a dog is adopted, you can take another one or take a break in between

We provide:

  • Food and medical treatment
  • A pet that will fit your household and available time (if you have more time, we sometimes need help with animals recuperating from neuter/spay or other operations)
  • Other fosters that can provide backup support

California Animal Rescue works with volunteers who foster animals in their homes, often caring for sick and injured animals and nursing many of them back to health. While we typically focus on small dogs under 20 pounds, we also can assist with larger dogs and referrals for cats and kitten rescue. We foster and adopt out around 200-300 dogs per year.

Santa Rosa City shelters do not need assistance at this time so we focus on high-kill shelters in Northern California, but Sonoma County Humane Society also releases some of their animals to our care. We also rescue many animals from Central Valley shelters, as well as taking owner surrenders and strays from all over Sonoma County. This involves taking in orphans and homeless or abandoned animals we find or that others bring to us. By taking these loving pets under our wing, we alleviate shelter overcrowding and give these animals a better chance at finding a good home.

Fostering means that our volunteers take the time to get to know each and every animal that comes to us. When animals are physically ready, we have them spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and de-wormed before putting them up for adoption. Many of our foster parents can also provide information about the animal’s personality traits such as if they are good with kids or other animals.

California Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue group located in Sonoma County and dedicated to the rescue of homeless animals from county shelters and out on the streets. Because there are so many homeless pets, we try to help control animal population through diligent spaying and neutering of the animals brought into our care. Our rescue group mainly consists of volunteers who are willing to take abandoned animals into their homes, nurture, train and nurse them so they are able to be placed into permanent homes with loving, adopted parents.


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Kids Teens People 55+

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