The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Become a Foster Care Volunteer

DuPage County Animal Care & Control relies on a dedicated team of foster families who each year care for hundreds of kittens, puppies and dogs until they are old enough to be placed up for adoption.

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:

Puppies (dogs 1 year of age or younger)

DCACC receives many 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.

DCACC would prefer that instead of spending their first months of life in a cage, that these small creatures be allowed to enjoy a home-like setting. Puppies that are fostered have an opportunity to learn socialization and potty-training skills that will make them even more desirable to potential adopters.


In 2006, DCACC saw over 2,000 cats and kittens come through our doors during kitten season (generally March through September).

Any kitten under 8 weeks (or two pounds) cannot physically stay in our shelter because they are too small to be vaccinated and their immune systems aren't developed enough to fight any diseases that might be present at our shelter. Kitten 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, DCACC receives pregnant females or kittens that arrive with mom. In other cases, abandoned kittens arrive without mom. In the case of abandoned kittens, DCACC relies on a special team of highly dedicated foster families who take tender loving care of these little creatures, oftentimes feeding and toileting an entire litter of kittens every few hours.

For more information on what to expect when fostering kittens, including needed supplies, feeding and helpful tips, visit our Foster Kitten Program page.

Adult Animals & Small Animals

DCACC relies on foster families to sometimes shelter adoptable adult and small animals. The noises, sights and smells of a shelter environment sometimes cause otherwise gentle, loving animals to show signs of distress that cause them to appear less outgoing and less desirable to potential adopters. By placing these animals in a foster home environment, we are able to provide them with the one-on-one care & time they require to find their forever home.

All fosters must complete the DCACC Foster Program Application ,please print, complete and mail or fax back to DCACC. For more information, please visit the DCACC site or call our Foster Care Coordinator at (630) 407-2800.