Foster Pet Program

Have you ever thought about serving as a foster parent to abandoned puppies or kittens? The Burleson Animal Shelter is looking for foster parents to help raise abandoned puppies and kittens that are not weaned. In some cases, the mothers of these puppies and kittens have also been abandoned.

At Risk

The baby animals can not live in the shelter because their age makes them at risk for contracting illnesses. The foster parent would care for the puppies and kittens until they are old enough to be placed for adoption. Baby animals must be 6-weeks old, the age for the first set of shots, before they are eligible for adoption.

  • It is preferred that foster homes have previous experience in raising baby animals.
  • The shelter retains ownership of all animals in foster care and makes all decisions regarding the adoption or euthanasia of animals fostered.
  • The foster parents house, feed, and care for the animals.
  • The City may do a home inspection of the proposed foster home.
  • If the foster parent already has pets, they are advised to keep the puppies and kittens separate from the existing pets for a minimum of 10 days, as a precaution, in case the abandoned animals have an undetected contagious medical condition.
  • The City allows a resident to have 4 pets plus 1 litter of animals (the litter must be under 6 weeks of age) at a residence.


For additional information, please visit the Burleson Animal Shelter at 775 SE John Jones Drive (FM 731 South) or call 817-426-9283. Normal business hours for the shelter are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.