Pawster Nashville’s mission is to end pet homelessness before it begins.


Crisis Foster Care: When pet owners are in crisis, we house their dog or cat in a loving foster home until the owner is back on their feet. A crisis can be hospitalization, loss of housing, domestic violence, addiction treatment, incarceration, or any other event that leaves a pet owner temporarily unable to care for their beloved pet.

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The Problem

Have you ever wondered how a pet becomes homeless?

Long before many cats or dogs ever end up in a shelter, they have a loving home. But life happens, and owners feel they have no choice but to surrender their pet. Loss of a job or other income, loss of housing, hospitalization, domestic violence, incarceration, addiction rehab, military deployment – in these sudden crises, pet owners feel they have no choice but to surrender their pet.

Dog with owner on sidewalk

The Solution: Crisis Foster Care

Pawster Nashville gives pet owners a different choice.

When a pet owner is in crisis, we place their cat or dog in a foster home suited to each pet’s individual needs, until the owner is ready to be reunited with their pet. And because we believe that every pet deserves to be pampered, we give each cat or dog a complimentary grooming session before they go home.

Our network of “Pawster Fosters” make up the core of our work. They come from all walks of life, just like our pet owners, and they are ready to care for pets with various temperaments, ages, medical conditions, and histories.

To become a Pawster Foster, apply here!

Puppy sleeping in arms

We also have plenty of other volunteer opportunities for anyone who wants to be a part of the Pawster family.

To volunteer for Pawster Nashville, sign up here!

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