Precious Cargo

The Rescue Train is located in Los Angeles, California. We do not own a facility. That means every pet we rescue needs a foster home. Simply put, the more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save! Volunteers who foster for the Rescue Train care for a rescued cat or dog in his/her own home until a FURever home is found. Fosters don’t need a freight-load of experience, they just need to provide a safe and loving temporary home.

Being a foster-based rescue lets us learn about our cats and dogs in a home setting and helps set them up for safe and successful adoptions. When we live with a foster pet, we get to know their likes and dislikes, their quirks and most adorable traits.

Why Foster

  • Fostering an animal means saving two lives: the life of your foster animal and the life of the animal who takes his/her place in the shelter.
  • The Rescue Train cannot save lives without fosters. Having no facility means we have nowhere for the animal to go--except to a foster home. We need you!
  • Animals feel safe and loved in the comfort of your home rather than a noisy, stressful shelter. Dogs do not get enough exercise, training or socialization in a shelter, so they can feel frustrated or aggressive. Cats never do well in a strange environment and are cooped up in a small cage and can become shy or bored.
  • You will be interacting with your foster animal daily, so you will see the animal’s unique personality, behavior issues and likes/dislikes. By socializing and offering some basic training, you will make this dog or cat more attractive to a potential adopter.
  • Fostering is helping without spending money. Don’t have funds to donate to your local rescue group? Donate your time and foster.

Your Responsibility as a Foster

  • Dogs and cats in foster care belong to The Rescue Train, so we provide food and veterinary care while the foster animal remains up for adoption. You provide love and attention.
  • Be available for private adoption appointments and weekend mobile events.
  • Transport pets to and from veterinary appointments if needed and to mobile adoption events.
  • Evaluate animal’s personality and provide recommendations for ideal FURever home.
  • Communicate with the adoption supervisor regarding any changes in animal health, behavioral issues, concerns, etc.