Dogs In Need of Foster Care

Thank you so much for fostering and saving a life!

Our dogs in need of foster care are listed below. If you are new to fostering with PAWS, please apply here to get started.

For foster meets with dogs at our shelter (2900 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19146), the expectation is that you will meet the dog and take them home the same day, so please come prepared!

  • All members of your household and resident dogs should be present for the foster meet. If for any reason this is not doable, please email the foster team to talk it through.
  • We will provide you with a sample of what the dog has been eating in the shelter, but fosters will provide dog food long-term. We can lend out any other supplies you may need including a leash, martingale collar, harness, crate, pee pads, and toys/enrichment items.

Please email if you have any questions, or see anyone that you think could be a good fit and are interested in scheduling a meet and pick up with!

For a refresher on PAWS’s foster policies and procedures, view our online orientation.

Every time an animal leaves for foster care, it opens a space in our shelters to save another in need. You are truly changing lives: not just for these dog, but also for others whose lives depend on a spot at PAWS. Read on to find your next foster dog!

If you are not able to foster at this time, many of our healthy in-kennel dogs are eligible (and very grateful) for day trips or short-term foster placements as a shelter break. If you are interested, please email us to chat more about what that may look like!

(updated April 13th, 2024)


Dogs Currently at the Shelter

These dogs are currently in our kennels at the PAWS Grays Ferry location (2900 Grays Ferry Avenue).

We are a small facility with only about 6-7 kennel spaces available at one time, so we really rely on foster parents to help us open up kennels so that we can save more dogs!

Name: Timber
Intake Date: 4/11/24
Age: ~1 year old
Weight: 8.2 lbs
Dog Friendly?: Yes, would require a dog meet on-site, and the ability to do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?: Unknown, but seems promising so far!

  • Tiny Timber at your service! This pint-sized scruffy pup made his way to us from the city shelter yesterday, had his neuter today, and would love to head into foster care for some very well-deserved recovery and decompression. Timber was originally found as a stray, so we don’t know about his history, but would love to learn more about him from the comfort of a home!
  • In addition to surgery recovery, Timber is also healing from some lacerations that were found on his back (and has been an excellent patient), so he would really appreciate any extra TLC. So far he has been the excellent balance of playful snugglebug, and we think that he could be a good fit for most homes since he seems to get along with everyone he meets.
  • Please email us at if you’re able to foster Timber!

Urgent Dogs in Need of a Foster Transfer

These dogs are currently in foster homes, and looking for a new foster home to help keep them out of the shelter. 

**Urgent Foster Transfer Needed ASAP**

Name: Bear Bear
Intake Date: 4/2/24
Age: ~1.5 years old
Weight: 20.2 lbs
Dog Friendly?: Seeking a dog-free home
Cat Friendly?: Yes, would require the ability for separation and slow introductions at home

  • Bear Bear recently found himself needing to come to PAWS after his owner lost their pet-friendly housing. He is currently in foster care with another dog, but we learned that he can be a bit sensitive about sharing his space and belongings with another resident pooch. So, he is seeking a transfer to a dog-free home, where he can feel his best and most confident self. For other pets, he has previously lived well with a mom cat and her kittens, so he could be a good fit for homes that are able to facilitate some separation—especially during snack and mealtimes.
  • Bear Bear also has a previous history of doing well with humans of all ages, so he would be a great addition to any patient foster home that is able to continue working with him as he learns the ropes! He is still a young pup that is working on honing his social skills, and he needs a little extra help with his reactions on leash in the neighborhood. He can be a bit reactive towards other dogs, so we’d a love home for him in a neighborhood that isn’t so densely populated them, and where he can find more quiet areas to sniff around. He big on his walks and could also be a good fit as a running companion, so if you’re in need of a part-time workout buddy and part-time companion, you’d found your match in Bear Bear!
  • If you are able to foster this sweet and fluffy gent, please email us at!

Upcoming Scheduled Intakes

Due to our limited kennel capacity, we cannot intake every surrender request. The dogs listed below may either be an upcoming owner surrender appointment, or a dog at ACCT Philly we are hoping to rescue. Lining up a potential foster home prior to their arrival can help them avoid staying at the shelter altogether! 

Name: Apollo
Intake Date: ASAP – pending foster interest/placement!
Age: ~7-10 years old
Weight: TBD
Dog Friendly?: Yes, would require a dog meet on-site, and the ability to do slow introductions at home
Cat Friendly?: Unknown, has a history living with pet rats, so seems promising!

  • Meet Apollo! This super sweet and friendly guy came to PAWS for his intake assessment last week, but was very nervous experiencing the hustle and bustle of shelter life. So, we would love to have a foster home ready for him so that he can bypass any time in-kennel, and go on to living the sweet life that is foster care!
  • Apollo has been being cared for by a family for the last three months, so we don’t know too much about his history prior to his stay with them, but they were able to provide some information to help us learn more about him.
  • He has been doing well living and spending time with people of all ages, and does well with people coming and going—managing to charm them all. He has reportedly also done well living with other dogs, and even some pet rats! So, while we don’t know about any previous cat history, it seems like he would be able to make some feline friendship work after slow introductions.
  • So far Apollo has been spending most of his time in a yard and doesn’t seem to have much experience with walks, so he will need help building a foundation for loose-leash walking, at his own pace. As you can see though, he loves playing with his beloved sticks, and indulging in a good game of fetch whenever he has the chance! And you’ll know that the fun is over once he finds his way to a couch or bed to sleep on his back with his paws splayed out in the air.
  • When being left on his own, Apollo can bark or whine initially, but settles down and does well free-roaming. He already knows “sit,” “stay,” “down,” “come,” and “shake/give paw,” and is still learning the ropes of being housebroken.
  • If you’re able to foster Apollo and give him a warm welcome with PAWS, please email us at and we’d love to chat more about him, and scheduling his official intake!

Dogs in Need of Foster Sitter

These dogs are currently in foster homes, and looking for a short term foster sitter to help keep them out of the shelter. 

No one at the moment, but please check back soon!