About Us

About Foster Pet Outreach

Foster Pet Outreach is a 501(c)(3) NonProfit. We are an all  volunteer driven 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. When you volunteer with Foster Pet Outreach you make a difference for homeless animals and for the people who love them too.

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 place 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 located in Edwards does NOT house animals. All animals are in foster homes.  Our ability to change lives is directly dependent on the number of volunteers we have and foster homes.  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 Volunteer Facebook group that has details about upcoming events that you can request to join.

Mission Statement

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.


Foster Care

Animals are fostered in members’ homes until the they are permanently adopted into responsible homes. This process allows the foster parent to become familiar with the animal’s personality and capabilities. This also provides socialization and basic training which helps to make the animal more adoptable.

Spay and Neuter

In the Peoria area alone, over 3,000 animals are killed each year simply because nobody wants them. This is not a remote problem in some faraway city – it’s happening right here! Foster Pet Outreach spays or neuters every dog and cat in our care when our veterinarian feels that the animal has reached an appropriate age. We do not wish any of our foster animals to contribute to the already staggering pet overpopulation problem in this country.

Adoption Counseling

We try to spend as much time as possible finding the right family for each animal. We discuss responsible pet ownership with the potential adopter, and answer as many questions as we can about bringing a new pet into their home.

Adoption Follow-up

The foster parent or other qualified Foster Pet Outreach member contacts the adopters to see if they have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, pet behavioral problems, or general pet care. We try to make every adoption a pleasant experience.