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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Animal Services


Foster Care

DuPage County Animal Services has receievd an overwelming amount of support from the public in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to all of you, all but just a few of shelter animals have found foster. However, as an open admission shelter, we never know when our population may change. As such, we are collecting a list of potential fosters that we can turn to as our need aries. If interested in being placed on our emergency foster list please complete our Emergency Foster List Form and a staff member will reach out if a pet that would be a good fit for your home is in need of foster. 

DuPage County Animal Services relies on a dedicated team of foster families who each year care for hundreds of kittens, puppies and dogs until they are old enough or well enough to be placed up for adoption.  The foster application can be found on the bottom of the page.  

Foster care is a critical piece of our effort to provide each and every adoptable animal with a second chance at life. Foster families are needed to provide one-on-one care in the following instances:


Each year Animal Services received hundreds of young kittens. Any kitten under 8 weeks (or two pounds) cannot physically stay in the shelter because they are too young to be vaccinated and their immune systems are not developed which leaves them at great risk of becoming sick.  Foster families are needed to care for kittens until they are weaned and old enough to be spayed/neutered and placed up for adoption.
In some cases, Animal Services receives pregnant cats or kittens that arrive with their  nursing mom. In other cases, abandoned kittens arrive orphaned. In the case of abandoned kittens, Animal Services relies on a special team of highly dedicated foster families who provide care for these cats and kittens.
For more information on what to expect when fostering kittens, including needed supplies, feeding and helpful tips, visit our Foster Kitten Program page.


Animal Services relies on foster homes for adult cats.  Adult cats needing foster are usually adoptable cats that are waiting for cage space to become available, cats in need of medical treatment or cats in need of socialization.


Animal Services relies on foster families to care for adoption dogs that find the shelter environment difficult or overwhelming, dogs awaiting rescue placement and dogs in need of medical care.

Puppies (dogs 4 months of age or younger)

Animal Services  receives young puppies either as owner surrenders or as strays. Puppies are not able to be placed up for adoption until they are old enough to receive their basic vaccinations and are spayed/neutered.
Animal Services would prefer that instead of spending their first months of life in a cage, that these young dogs be allowed to enjoy a home-like setting. Puppies that are fostered have an opportunity to learn socialization and potty-training skills and to work on basic manners all of which will make them even more desirable to potential adopters.

For more information or if you have any questions, please email us or call us at (630) 407-2800.