Foster an Animal

Fostering is simply nurturing a shelter pet in your home for a period of time. The majority of animals fostered are litters of kittens. Kittens and sometimes puppies come to the shelter stray or abandoned and are too young and fragile to be placed in permanent homes. They need the security of their littermates, they need special care, and they need to learn important lessons from each other.

That's where you come in. Just like kids, kittens and puppies learn to get along with each other by playing. They learn limits, they learn tolerance, and they learn not to hurt each other — too much! This littermate interaction is essential for the healthy development of puppies and kittens. Fostered litters also learn about the home environment — other cats, dogs, and kids. When they return for adoption, they are often the most outgoing, confident animals in the shelter.

Other animals that may need fostering are animals recovering from surgery, or those that for some reason need time in a home before being adopted. This is particularly true of some of the dogs that come in and haven't truly been part of a "family".

Some dogs just benefit from getting out of the kennel for a "sleepover" or a weekend break. You can help make a difference in the life of a shelter animal — and have a lot of fun, too!

In terms of commitment, the length of time an animal requires in a foster home is entirely based on the individual animal. Animals can be fostered anywhere from two weeks, to a few months, and occasionally, a year or more. It is all based on the animal and your desired level of commitment. We do require foster parents to commit to at least one foster pet (or litter) per year. Foster parents are individuals too, and while one family may foster many litters of kittens in a year, another may take on a “fospice” dog for an undetermined amount of time, or take on a litter of bottle feeding kittens in our peak season. All of your time spent caring for foster animals is valued more than we can say. You help us save lives!

If you are interested in becoming a pet foster parent, please complete our online application, and then complete a foster inquiry form based on your foster animal of choice. Once your application and form have been received, shelter staff will email you to move forward as a new foster parent with the Humane Society!

Dog Foster Inquiry Form Cat Foster Inquiry Form   Rabbit/Exotic Foster Inquiry Form

Wish List

The foster program is always in need of the following items to help us care for neonate and foster kittens.

  • KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) Powder
  • Royal Canin brand "baby cat" food - canned and dry
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • "Snuggle-safe" heating discs
  • Litter pans
  • Kitten food dishes
  • Small cardboard food trays
  • Kitten beds and baby blankets
  • Bottle warmers
  • Kitten nursing bottles
  • Kitten toys
  • Flea combs
  • Baby "wipe warmers"
  • Gerber "2nd foods" Baby Food - chicken or turkey
  • Cat nail clippers
  • Digital pet thermometer
  • Digital scale with ounces (kitchen scale)
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo
  • Small pet carriers
  • Ziploc bags (gallon and quart)
  • Gift cards to pet supply stores

 Cash donations are gladly accepted:

$  10 will provide a digital pet thermometer, to help us check our kittens’ health.
$  20 provides one bag of high-quality food, to help kittens grow strong.
$  50 provides one Kitty Kasa to give our kittens a cozy place to sleep and play.
$  75 provides a medical scale so foster parents can track growing kittens.
$100 will provide a ‘going home kit’ for new foster parents, containing a digital scale, snuggle-safe heating disk, dry and canned food, bedding, and more!

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