Become a Foster Home


Empty Cages Collective can only rescue animals if it has a safe and stable place for them to stay until they are rehabilitated, adopted, released back into the environment or transferred to a sanctuary.  Opening your home to a foster animal is a temporary commitment that directly saves lives and alleviates suffering, while providing the animal with comfort and care at an often scary and lonely time for them.

Cats and dogs living in foster homes are much happier, healthier, and better socialized than those forced to stay in cages or boarding situations while waiting for their forever homes.  Recovering, injured or orphaned urban wildlife, like pigeons or squirrels, thrive with dedicated caregivers as we prepare them for release back into the wild.  Even gerbils, mice, hamsters, ferrets, snakes and turtles need foster homes!

We ask that fosters commit to care for the animal for at least a month and in the case of companion animals, be willing to take them to occasional adoption events.  All veterinary expenses can be covered by Empty Cages Collective at pre-approved veterinary clinics.  We ask our foster homes to provide food (and litter in the case of cats) but coverage of this cost can be considered on a case by case basis.

If interested, please fill out one of our foster applications ECC-Feline Foster Care APPLICATION.doc / ECC-Dog Foster Care APPLICATION.doc and contact us via email at

ECC is 100% Volunteer-Staffed!

Empty Cages Collective (ECC) is a 100% volunteer-staffed, non-funded animal protection and rescue organization. It's only because of people like you that we are able to rescue animals from abuse and certain death and advocate on their behalf.

Since volunteers are our only means of achieving our goals on a modest budget, we ask our volunteers to make a serious commitment to our work: at least one weekly shift of a minimum of 4 hours a week for at least 6 months. Currently our biggest need is the daily cleaning, feeding and medicating of the rescued animals in our shelter. However, we also need help with adoption events, outreach, transportation, graphic design, fundraising and press work.

We ask our volunteers to be at least 16 years of age. If you're under 18, we will need your legal guardian to sign a liability waiver.

If you're interested in volunteering with ECC, please fill out our volunteer application and return it to us via post or e-mail at