KAWS Implements Intake Freeze

Due to the lack of foster homes and funds KAWS has unfortunately implemented an intake freeze.

Unlike conventional shelters, KAWS does not have an actual building to keep their animals in. Instead, they rely on a network of foster homes – loving families that are willing to give temporary homes to unwanted dogs and cats. They believe the best way to help abused, neglected and abandoned animals is to heal them through a caring and loving home environment. Instead of being locked up in a kennel, rescue animals spend their time in KAWS with a family where they are treated like family members.

If you want to make a difference in an animal’s life but just aren’t ready for the huge commitment of adopting an animal, then perhaps fostering may interest you! KAWS will pay for food and any necessary supplies that the animal needs, as well as any medical expenses that are incurred–this way, when you foster you are still making a huge difference in an animal’s life without the financial commitment. If at any time you decide that you cannot continue to foster the animal, it will be rehomed.

If you are interested in becoming a foster home, please read the below points about how the KAWS foster program works. If interested you can fill out the online form found at

  • ​A foster home check will be completed to ensure all animals will be safe and well cared for. You will then be added to the KAWS list of Foster Homes.
  • When KAWS is contacted regarding an animal that is in need of foster care, they will refer to their list of foster homes and ask you if you are interested in fostering the animal. You have the right to say no if you feel that the animal is not a good match or if you just don’t want to foster at that time.
  • It is up to you (the foster home) as to when you want to foster, how long you want to foster for and who you want to foster.
  • If at any point you wish to stop fostering, you can contact KAWS and arrangements will be made to pick up the animal.

KAWS currently is unsure how long their current intake freeze will continue, but will keep the public posted.

If you are unable to foster, but would like to donate, e-transfers can be sent to

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