You must read all of the guidelines BEFORE filling ​out the online version of the foster application.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division Foster Program Guidelines

From time to time CMPD Animal Care & Control will receive animals that may be in need of special care.  This could range from young puppies and kittens to animals with chronic illnesses or injuries with a long convalescent period.   Since housing space at the shelter is limited and these animals most often do better outside the shelter environment, foster homes can be a good alternative.  These animals might normally be euthanized so it is also our hope that foster care will give these animals the chance to grow up or recover from their injuries and be placed up for adoption.



  • Any Charlotte area citizen, Animal Care and Control Division ("CMACC") employee or volunteer may participate in the foster program after the fostering application is approved and the fosterer has attended the appropriate training class.

  • Participation in the program is entirely voluntary and there will be no monetary compensation.

  • Fostering is NOT part of the employment duties of any employee of CMACC.  Participation or lack of participation in the fostering program shall in no way affect, positively or negatively, an employee's employment stats, duties, evaluations or any other aspect of employment.

  • It shall be within the sole discretion of CMACC Fostering Staff which animals are available for foster care.

  • The foster's current experience level will determine whether they are able to foster animals with behavior needs. This will be determined by CMACC fostering staff along with the trainer.

  • There will be no permanent fosters.  Long term fosters will be sent out on a case by case basis and must be approved by CMACC fostering staff.  Long term fosters include but are not limited to:  hospice, mange, heartworms, medical and specific behaviors.

  • Behavior fostering for scared, timid and stressed animals (including R&R) will be for no longer than 60 days.  After 60 days, the animal will be returned to adoption or otherwise dispositioned.  (i.e. adopted by the foster parent or a rescue or will be humanely euthanized)

  • If a current or previous foster animal bites, the animal will not be placed back in foster care. The options are for the foster parent to adopt the animal with a behavior waiver or for a rescue to adopt the animal, otherwise the animal will be humanely euthanized.

  • Puppies and kittens must be at least two weeks old with their eyes open before they can be fostered unless the foster has attended the required bottle feeding class through CMACC.

  • Puppies and kittens must be fostered in groups of two (2) or more unless there are less than two in the original litter.

  • The limit of foster animals per foster home include: 1 large dog per home (40 pounds and up), 2 medium dogs per home (20-39 pounds), 4 small dogs per home (1-19 pounds), 9 kittens/puppies per home (under 4 months of age), 4 cats per home (4 months of age and over). If taking a mixture of the above animals, it must be approved by CMACC fostering staff beforehand.

  • All fostered animals will be given a medical chart showing when their vaccinations, dewormings, health checks, etc. are due.  It is the fosterer's responsibility to keep this schedule.

  • The fosterer must return the animal(s) to CMACC:  for all veterinary appointments (as set out in the Medical Care Schedule); when the CMACC Vet Staff deems the animal(s) is ready for adoption; and/or, at any other time upon the request of CMACC Vet Staff.

  • A foster animal(s) shall never be left outside unattended.  The foster parent must walk the animal(s) on a leash or be physically present outside in a fenced-in yard with the animal(s).

  • Normal adoption policies pertain to fostered animals.  There can be no sign-ups on foster animals while they are in foster care.

  • If a foster animal(s) has remained in foster care for six (6) months (i.e. heartworm treatment or other medical needs), CMACC will determine why the animal(s) has yet to be adopted and whether the animal(s) should continue to be fostered.

  • Once the animal is deemed to be available for adoption by CMACC fostering staff, the foster parent contact information (phone number and/or email address) will be made available online to potential adopters of the foster animal(s). ​

By continuing on to the online foster application you acknowledge that you have read the above guidelines and agree to abide by them fully. You understand that failure to comply with them may result in the loss of your approval to foster animals.


Complete the online registration​ or you can print out the foster application and it mail to:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control
c/o: Amy Yeager
8315 Byrum Dr.
Charlotte, NC  28217

Once we receive your application we will contact you to schedule a mandatory orientation/training session which are generally held once a month, however, depending on the current demand for foster parent needs our foster coordinator may be able to do a quick session once your application is approved. This is to help get you into the foster care program quickly so you can start fostering and saving lives right away.

If you have​ any questions you may also contact Amy Yeager at ayeager@cmpd.org

The shelter staff want to be sure that you are fully prepared for the responsibility that surrounds caring for a bottle kitten baby. Before filling out the application, you must read over these guidelines so you know what your job will be when volunteering in our nursery.

Remember that there will be a mandatory training session to go over protocols and procedures.

Nursery volunteer job description:

  • Feeding kittens according to feeding procedures and sanitation protocols

  • Make accurate notes on the kittens daily care sheets

  • Clean kitten's cages according to protocols

  • Empty trash as needed

  • Wash dishes and do laundry as needed

  • Provide a clean, healthy and safe environment for the kittens within the nursery

  • Be emotionally prepared to care for fading kittens and those who pass away

When working within the nursery, you'll need to:

  • Keep kittens warm at all times

  • Provide kittens with adequate nutrition

  • Keep kittens clean at all times

  • Do your best to protect them from infectious disease

  • Stimulate them to urinate and defecate

Mother cats groom their kittens to stimulate urination and defecation on a regular basis. In the absence of their mothers, it becomes our responsibility. Kittens under three weeks of age won't be able to urinate and defecate on their own, so this is a crucial job.

Newborn kittens do not have fully developed immune systems, so they are susceptible to many illnesses and parasites, some of which they get from their mothers at birth. Kittens need proper care and attention to ensure that they grow up to be happy, healthy cats.

Part of your reward for taking such great care of our kittens includes snuggles which helps with their socialization which will make them more adoptable and easier to find new homes.

If you feel you can provide the care described above to our babies in the nursery, then you are ready to fill out the kitten nursery application.

You may NOT receive an email/confirmation that your application has been received but you WILL be contacted when you are approved to attend a training session.