Whether you're a first-time foster or a veteran, there may be any number of issues that come up when you're fostering a pet.  Check the links below and you'll find some helpful and well-researched information about fostering, including how to create an ideal home environment for the animal, feeding tips, what to do if unexpected situations arise, and much, much more.

Keeping Kittens Healthy and Caring for The Most Fragile Felines

We strongly recommend all kitten foster caregivers watch this webinar by Kitten Lady's Hannah Shaw.

Foster Resources Library

Resources for foster caregivers with:

Kittens under 4 weeks old


Foster Support Center

Being a foster caregiver is a very rewarding experience, but also exposes us to difficult situations, loss, and grief. Dakin provides its network of foster caregivers with resources to support the emotional nature of this work. We have partnered with Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, LMFT, LCSW to create a video series on a range of topics for those experiencing grief from the loss of a beloved animal companion or foster animal.

In addition, Dakin and Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio host a free monthly Pet Loss & Healing support group that runs virtually.

Make Your Own Adoption Video

Adoption videos help animals get adopted faster! Learn how to make quick and easy adoption videos with your smartphone using these resources.

Continuing Education for Fosters

Flash classes presented by Maddie's Fund offer a wide variety of short, interactive courses designed specifically for foster caregivers.

Contact Us

If you have not yet registered as a foster caregiver with Dakin, please click here for more information.

If you are a registered foster caregiver and need additional assistance, please email us at springfield@dakinhumane.org.