Operation Kindness cares for nearly 1,500 animals each year thanks to our team of dedicated foster volunteers. Pets are placed in foster homes to help them heal and thrive. You can help puppies and kittens grow; mothers care for their young; and pets who need a bit more TLC before finding their forever families.

It’s rewarding knowing you are saving lives and preparing homeless animals for their new home.

Operation Kindness provides the necessary supplies including food, crate and toys. Training is given one-on-one. All medical care is provided by our on-site hospital. Around-the-clock support is provided by Operation Kindness staff and other experienced foster volunteers.

Foster Opportunities
Bottle fosters are puppies and kittens 2-3 weeks old who are without their mother. They require bottle feeding for two weeks before transitioning to soft and solid food.
Not every pet is ready for adoption when they arrive at Operation Kindness. Help an adult cat or dog by providing a temporary home before they debut on our adoption floor. Adult fosters also include pets who are part of our surrender prevention program where fosters provide a place for a pet to stay while their owner is working through a life circumstance.
Provide care for animals recovering from medical treatment or surgery. All medical treatments take place in our on-site medical hospital or in partnership with another veterinary resource. We provide all needed supplies and medicines, you provide a quiet environment for the pet to recover in.
With the training and guidance of Operation Kindness’ Behavior Team assist dogs and cats who need a little more help before finding their forever home.
How do I Become a Foster?

Please submit the foster volunteer form even if you are a current volunteer. It gathers different information that will be used to help provide you and your future fosters with a wonderful experience.

You will be contacted by an Operation Kindness staff member to get started. Fosters must be at least 18 years of age, and allowed to have animals in their home.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How long do animals need to stay in foster care? The typical foster stay is two weeks to two months, depending on the needs of the individual animal(s) in your care. The time frame of each foster situation will be discussed with you ahead of time.
  • Can I become a foster volunteer if I have pets of my own? Yes, we welcome pet owners as fosters. With some fosters, specifically puppies, kittens and nursing mothers we recommend keeping shelter animals separate from your pets. This helps prevent stress and the spread of illness. The risk of spreading illness is greatly reduced if your animals are current on their annual vaccines.
  • What expenses are involved in foster care? Foster families provide housing and a safe place to stay. They also provide exercise, socialization, and lots of love! Operation Kindness is able to provide supplies such as food, crate, kitty litter and toys.
  • All medical care for foster animals is provided by Operation Kindness.
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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Operation Kindness,
North Texas' Original and largest No-kill Animal Shelter.

Pay your volunteer fees below per person and you will be directed to a survey to complete your application. All volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation webinar online and a hands-on training at the shelter before you can begin volunteering. Once you submit your application, you will be notified regarding the next available orientations.

An application fee of $35 for adult volunteers and $25 for junior volunteers (6-16 years old) is also required, per person. This covers your badge, T-shirt, and administrative costs.

If you are signing up to volunteer with your child, you must pay both an adult volunteer fee and junior volunteer fee.

This application is NOT for court ordered community service. Please call 972-418-7297 for more information about court ordered community service.