Foster

Our foster program is one of the most powerful tools we have to save more animals. The foster program is a vital component in improving the lives of the animals in our care and increasing adoption rates. Foster homes provide short-term accommodations to animals in need, which provides immeasurable benefits to both the foster animal and family.

The primary qualifications for becoming a foster parent are love and time. Any animals in the foster household must be spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines. Once references have been checked and you have been approved, the Foster Coordinator will let you know which animals are in need of a foster. 

We are always in need of new foster families to care for puppies, kittens, cats and dogs. We will provide you with supplies and basic medical care for your foster animal(s).

If you are interested in becoming an OCAS foster, please review our foster FAQ's below as well as examine the links to the right. 

If you have any additional questions regarding the program, please email our Program Coordinator. If you wish to apply to become a foster, please come to the shelter during business hours to begin the application process.

How Do Animals in Foster Care Get Adopted?

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Sign Me Up!

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What Kind of Animals Need Foster Homes?

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Time Commitment and Responsibilities

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All prospective fosters will meet with our Program Coordinator to assess the best fit for your family. Once you have completed your application, you may return by email to ocasfoster@onslowcountync.gov or in person, during shelter business hours. To schedule a follow-up appointment with our foster coordinator, please call 910-937-1164. Thank you!


  1. Physical Address
    244 Georgetown Road
    Jacksonville, NC 28540

    Fax: 910-989-5798
    Emergency Phone: 911


  2. Melissa

    Foster Coordinator

Foster Care Application

  1. What type of animals are you interested in fostering? (Check all that apply)*
  2. Are your pets current on any vaccines? If yes, please select them below.
  3. Electronic Signature Agreement*

    I certify that all the provided information is true. I acknowledge that Onslow County Animal Services will perform reference checks based upon this information. By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.

  4. Agreement*

    I certify that I am over 18 years of age and that the information I have provided in this agreement is true and correct. I understand that falsification and/or noncompliance to any part of this agreement will result in termination of the agreement. We want fostering to be a positive and reward experience for you, your family, and any other pets you have. If at any time, you have questions or concerns, please contact the Foster Coordinator or OCAS immediately.

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