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The Animal Welfare Foster Program

PO Box 10854
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Our Mission

Our biggest need is foster homes and donated supplies. Contact for more information on how to become a foster home!

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The Animal Welfare Foster Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue run by volunteer veterinary students in Blacksburg, Virginia. We coordinate and provide foster homes for animals until they are adopted into loving, permanent homes.

Adoption Policy

All of our animals reside in foster care. Please contact for an adoption application and any questions you may have regarding an animal. We schedule meet and greets after reviewing your adoption application to ensure our fosters are meeting with serious applicants.

Please note that we require all pets in the household be up to date on vaccinations. Dogs must be current on rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations, while cats must be current on rabies and feline distemper vaccinations. The veterinary contact information provided in the application should connect us with the most recent veterinarian to allow us to confirm your pet's vaccination status.

AWFP is run by volunteer veterinary students that have very busy schedules. We do our best to process applications and schedule adoptions as quickly as possible, however we appreciate your patience as sometimes we have our hands full. Holidays and summer months tend to slow us down due to jobs, travel, and an increase in adoption interest. Please plan ahead if you would like to adopt for the holidays as both students and fosters may be leaving town during that time.

To help the application process move quickly, please ensure all information is correct and let your references know to expect a call from us. Here are some examples of common issues: applicant did not read our adoptions policies and/or does not comply with them); current pets in the household are not up to date on vaccines; the vet clinic listed on the application has not recently seen your pet(s) and cannot confirm they are up to date; applicant was not familiar with pet policy/pet policy recently changed; references do not answer phone/have full mailbox/do not call us back; wrong number listed for reference(s).

Visit our expanded webpage: for more information regarding our adoption policies.

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