Volunteering to foster animals

Do you want to help animals but don’t have time to volunteer in shelter? Foster volunteering might be right for you.

Through the foster program, thousands of animals have had a second chance at an amazing life, and the foster program is a critical part of our ability to adopt over 15,000 animals annually. About 10% of those animals, 1,600 annually, need foster care before they are ready to find new homes.  Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience you’ll never forget, and it changes animals’ lives in a very direct way.

At Animal Humane Society foster volunteers provide care for animals that are not yet ready for adoption. We have a variety of animals that need foster care including animals too young for adoption, nursing moms, animals needing supportive health care or time to recover after surgery and temporary placements for owners in transition.

Animal Humane Society provides all the basic supplies you will need to care for foster animals including food, medications, housing/kennels and toys. We provide training and care instructions for each foster animal so you will know exactly what each animal requires and we have vet techs and behaviorists that can provide help if needed.

Fostering is a wonderful experience for you and your family; you can feel good knowing you have helped save an animal’s life.  It’s a great way for children to be involved and to learn about helping others. Each animal fostered better creates space in the shelter to accommodate other homeless animals that need our help too. Foster animals provide companionship and purpose. Your act of kindness is repaid in rewards that are beyond words.

If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, please select a main shelter and fill out the volunteer application for that site.

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