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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Animal Services


Foster Care

DuPage County Animal Services relies on a dedicated team of foster caregivers to provide temporary placement in a home environment while animals undergo medical treatment, receive behavioral support, or await adoption. Foster care is a critical piece of our effort to provide animals with a second chance at life. Foster families are needed to provide one-on-one care in the following instances:

Up Coming Foster Information Sessions:

May 8th at 11 AM - Dog Foster Information. Register Here

May 19th at 7 PM - Cats, Kittens, Rabbits, and Small Animal Foster Information. Register Here

May 26th at 7 PM - Dog Foster Information. Register Here

June 5th at 10 AM - Cats, Kittens, Rabbits, and Small Animal Foster Information. Register Here 


Each year Animal Services received hundreds of young kittens. Any kitten under 8 weeks of age (or two pounds) cannot physically stay in the shelter. Kittens this age are not fully vaccinated and have developing immune systems, which leaves them at risk of becoming ill. Kittens require foster placement until they are weaned and of age to be spayed/neutered and placed up for adoption.
In some cases, Animal Services receives pregnant cats or cats with nursing kittens. In other cases, orphaned kittens are brought to the shelter.  Animal Services relies on a special team of highly dedicated foster caregivers who provide these cats and kittens with the care they need.


Found kittens: Not all kittens have been abandoned. If you have found kittens outside, please call the shelter at 630-407-2800, we will help you determine next steps. 

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


Animal Services relies on foster homes to help many adult cats.  Adult cats may require a foster home to monitor medical conditions, provide a place for a cat to recover from an illness, receive socialization, provide a respite for long term cat or simply to help when the shelter is at capacity.  


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.

Please visit our Available Foster Dog page to learn more about the animals in our care that we are seeking foster homes for. 

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