NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The ASCPA is looking for foster homes for dogs.

CBS2 Cindy Hsu reported that many dogs looking for forever homes need a break from the shelter, and that’s where foster homes come in.

“When we send an animal out to foster, we’re freeing up the kennel for another animal to come in and that allows the ASPCA to save more lives,” Julie Sonenberg of the ASPCA told CBS2.

Foster mother Idamil Leon has been fostered 5-year-old Bevin seven months ago after she was rescued from a cruelty case.

“When she first got here, she was a little hesitant,” Leon explained to CBS2. “She wasn’t used to the home environment, but within a week, she became like the most affectionate dog ever.”

Leon is one of several foster parents who help dogs socialize so that they will be ready for adoption. The dogs who need fostering are usually the ones who don’t adapt well to the shelter life.

“It’s the best thing hands-down,” foster parent Annabel Alice told CBS2. “Incomparable to anything else I’ve ever done in my life, so rewarding.”

People need to be at least 21 years of age to become a foster parent and the ASPCA has monthly orientation meetings.