About US

Animal Welfare Foster Program


The Animal Welfare Foster Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue run by volunteer veterinary students and other key members in Blacksburg, Virginia. Our mission and main focus is to pull animals from the local kill shelters and to keep them out. We coordinate and provide foster homes for the animals we rescue until they are adopted into loving, permanent homes. During this time, they receive the appropriate healthcare (both routine preventative care and care for any medical conditions) and learn house manners so that they will become healthy, happy pets. The Animal Welfare Foster Program does not represent the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.



The AWFP was started in the winter of 2004 by 4 veterinary students at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM). These 4 individuals built our program with a handful of key volunteers and foster homes. In March 2005 we obtained our corporation status and in January 2006 we obtained our non-profit status. We now have a team of key volunteers that coordinate the foster homes, medical care, adoptions, and administrative support, as well as numerous foster homes from the VA-MD CVM, Virginia Tech Pre-Vet Club, and the New River Valley Community. As of January 2019, we have rescued over 700 animals!