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Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own Pulaski County homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care while others may need up to three months.

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What is foster care?

When PAC receives animals who are not quite ready for adoption, we look to our volunteer foster homes to care for them. These volunteers can foster as often as they are able – whether that’s once every few months or all the time. There will be plenty of other opportunities to foster, so there is no pressure to take an animal at any time.

When a foster home is alerted to foster care needs via email or phone, foster families receive information about an animal’s condition and needs which helps the family determine if they are a good fit. Foster families then come to Pulaski Animal Center in Winamac to pick up the foster animal(s) to take home.

Foster parents will need to bring the animal to PAC in periodically to be examined, receive vaccinations, or other treatment.

Once the foster period is over and the animal is ready to be available for adoption, the foster family returns the animal(s) to PAC.

Best Buddies

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please follow these steps:

  • Be of age. The primary caregiver of the foster animal must be at least 18 years old.

  • Be in the area. Foster parents must be able to get to our shelter in Winamac, Indiana on a regular basis. Please consider the potential commute before applying to foster.

  • Download our application – fill out the application and email it back to us at Once your application is accepted, you will be able to start the training process. If you have any questions about the process or signing up, please give us a call at 574-946-0265 or email Please Note: We require that the primary caregiver, and therefore primary contact person, for the foster family be the one to complete the training. This person will need to provide an email address and phone number that is checked on a regular basis in order to fulfill communication requirements for fostering.

  • Attend the Foster Info & Training Session. You will learn about program expectations, basic medical information, and have all your questions answered.


Please note that PAC cannot accommodate those seeking to fulfill court-ordered community service.

Adoption PDF

Download and return to PAC

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