Can you open your home to a needy dog - even for a short-term stay?

The Pennsylvania SPCA's two Philadelphia shelters are packed to the gills and foster homes are needed now.

The flow of abandoned and stray dogs does not ebb, but the existing network of foster parents is tapped out. Come on, PSPCA critics and "no kill" advocates, it's time to step up and do your part to reduce the number of dogs euthanized in Philadelphia.

In the first three months of the year alone, the PSPCA took in 5,600 cats and dogs. At that rate (and we know it's higher now being puppy season), the shelter will take in well over 22,000 cats and dogs this year.

If you can provide temporary housing for a dog, the shelter will provide free medical care and support in return. The longer you can foster the dog, the more lives the shelter can save.

If you already have a dog, you can still help – just bring your dog with you for a meet-and-greet.

If you can help, please contact ACCT lifesaving manager Natalie Smith at or (267) 385-3800 (ask for the "Lifesaving Department"), or contact PSPCA director of adoptions Ray Little at or (215) 426-6300 (ask for the "Adoptions Counter").

To view some of the many dogs that need foster care, click here. All of these dogs are available for foster care. There are many more dogs who aren't listed on this website.

If you can't become a foster, please consider making a donation to the PSPCA's foster program. Your donation will help offset the cost of medical care for foster animals. To make an online donation click here: (please include the word "FOSTER" in your donation). If you have questions or need additional support, please contact director of development Rachel McCrystal at or (215) 426-6300 ext 217.