The mission of Foster Pet Outreach is to help at-risk animals with a focus on dogs and cats. Through an all-volunteer base, we determine the individual needs of vulnerable dogs and cats in our foster home program until they find a forever home. All donations stay local and go directly to foster pet care.

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The adoption process begins with an Adoption Application for a specific foster pet.
The application will be forwarded to the foster parent who will contact you.



We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for those who wish to donate their time.
Get involved and join us to become a part of the Foster Pet Outreach Family.

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Donations help to provide proper care and treatment for foster animals. Treatments such as; flea meds, spay/neuter, heartworm meds, corrective surgeries, vaccinations, microchips and more!



Foster Pet Outreach hosts, and participates in, many community events and fundraisers to showcase our adoptable pets.
Check out our calendar to view all of the upcoming events!



Foster Pet Outreach is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit. We are an all volunteer organization whose mission is to save and improve the lives of companion animals by connecting people, resources and knowledge.  We rescue and rehome animals from high intake, low adoption shelters where they are at risk, as well as private home situations where an animal can no longer be cared for.

When you volunteer with Foster Pet Outreach, you make a difference for homeless animals and for the people who love saving them.

We were founded in 1990 when three coworkers banded together to help a stray cat. Recognizing the need to better the lives of abandoned and abused animals in their community, they eventually formed Foster Pet Outreach in 1995. Over 300 animals are placed into loving homes each year by our organization.

Foster Pet Outreach has always had a commitment to making a difference in the lives of unwanted animals.

Our building in Edwards, Illinois does NOT house animals. All animals are in foster homes.  Our ability to change lives is directly dependent on the number of volunteers and foster homes available. 

If you want to help save animals while having fun with a group of like-minded people, we hope you’ll join us.  We have a  Facebook volunteer group page that has details about upcoming events that you can request to become involved with.


Foster Pet Outreach accepts donations online with Paypal (click here) or VENMO ( click here)

Or you can mail donations to our office at:

Foster Pet Outreach,  P.O. Box 4,

Edwards, IL 61528

We also accept “in kind” donations of new and gently used animal supplies, which can be dropped off at the donation box in front of our building.

Donations That We Welcome!

  • Dog Food – Canned or Dry: We would prefer bags of food in their original sealed container or bag. No dog food in garbage bags, please. Some of our fosters have specific dietary needs which require us to know about ingredients.
  • Wire or Plastic Crates : Please make sure that they are in working, useable condition.
  • Food and Water Dishes : Please donate stainless steel or ceramic dishes only. Plastic dishes are more difficult to sanitize.
  • Pet Beds : Clean and gently used beds are welcome in any size or color.
  • Pet Toys : Clean and gently used toys of all types and sizes are always welcome.
  • Blankets, Sheets and Towels : Flat sheets, blankets and comforters in twin or full size are welcome (Fitted sheets do not work well in kennels.) Queen and King size bedding is too big for kennels. Gently used towels of any type are always useful.
  • Non-Pet Related Items(decorative items for raffles, baskets…) : Please contact us via Facebook or email prior to drop off.
  • Cleaning Supplies : Cleaners, sanitizing products, wipes…are always welcome!

Please call (309) 682-1122 with any questions


Get involved with Foster Pet Outreach!

Animals have an intrinsic value, which extends far beyond their commercial significance.

Foster Pet Outreach’s mission was built on the recognition of the dignity and worth of all companion animals.