Foster Homes

Why do Shelter Animals Need Foster Care?

Foster parents fulfill a critical component of our life-saving work in the shelter. ACPS takes in an average of 32 animals per day, 365 days per year! Our staff works tirelessly to care for all of the incoming animals, but shelter space and resources are limited. Placing animals into foster care frees up much needed cat and dog kennels and allows our facility to provide care and attention to new animals entering our system daily.
Any adult (18 years or older) with spare time and space and a willingness to help animals-in-need can serve as a foster parent for ACPS. Foster terms can range from a few days or weeks to a month or more, depending on the preferences of the foster parent and the needs of the animal. We are always in need of foster homes for the most at risk animal populations, including:

  • Moms with nursing kittens or puppies
  • Orphaned kittens and puppies
  • Animals too young for spay/neuter
  • Animals recovering from surgery or who are sick
  • Animals who need behavior training or socialization
  • Animals too shy or timid in the adoption center environment

For more information about the ACPS foster program, please contact our foster care department directly at

Save a Life… Become a Foster Parent Today!

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent for ACPS, please complete the Foster Pet Volunteer Profile and return it to ACPS located at 2020 Forest Street or
Upon receipt of the completed foster pet volunteer profile, the foster care department will contact you with more detailed information about being an ACPS foster parent and invite you to join the ACPS Foster Communication Facebook page (closed group). This is where we post our daily foster needs for animals in our shelter. This is also a convenient way to communicate with the foster care department, as well as with other ACPS foster parents.

Shelter Location and Hours:
Animal Care & Protective Services
2020 Forest Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Tuesday - Friday 12pm to 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am to 6pm 
 (Closed Mondays)
Foster Care Department Hours
Tuesday - Friday 12pm to 7pm 
Saturday - Sunday 10am to 6pm 
 (Closed Mondays)