Whatever your weekend plans are, our shelter pups would love a mini vacation with you. Our dogs benefit greatly when they take a break from the shelter, and the information you share helps us better match them with potential adopters.

Become a Foster Friend
Join the Community that CAREs

Pets eligible for this program primarily include medium to large dogs. We ask that you commit to at least three days: pick up on Friday and drop off on Sunday. You are more than welcome to keep the dog as long as you’d like after that. We’ll provide you with a crate and food for the weekend!


  • We’ll provide you with a sturdy leash, collar, an “Adopt Me” vest/bandana, crate, starter food, and the dog’s
    CARE STL business cards.

  • Place a towel or sheet in your car for the dog to rest on.

  • Make sure you are comfortable with the dog. We want both you and the dog to have a successful outing.




If you have any questions during your weekend getaway, you can email:


Send photos, videos, and details:



  • Keep the dog on a leash and in your control (within 6 feet of you) at all times while in public.

  • Dog parks are NEVER allowed, and avoid feeding the dog human food.

  • Take many photos and videos, and send them to info@icarestl.org.


Between our shelter and in foster homes we are currently caring for a record-breaking 436 animals. With this huge amount, we are in need of some extra supplies!

Our Amazon.com wish list makes it easy to donate and the items come directly to us:

Leashes and collars

Purina Lamb & Rice dry adult dog food

Large crates for fosters 48"

Each item is on our wish list if you can help donate!