Become a foster volunteer

Foster applications are currently closed 

We are currently focused on placing animals within our existing, approved foster homes. We hope to reopen foster applications soon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Through Animal Humane Society's foster program, thousands of animals have received special care before getting a second chance at life. More than 2,000 animals who come to AHS each year need foster care before they are ready to find new homes, and this need continues to increase.

Currently interviewing support for the following areas:

  • Dogs, post-op surgical care (6-8 weeks), support for moms with litters (up to 8 weeks), and puppy growth care (2-4 weeks)
  • Small mammals, medical support for skin or other issues (3 weeks) and pregnancy monitor (3 weeks to 3 months depending on species)

The food, medication, kennels, toys, and other basic supplies you will need are provided, along with training and care instructions. Vet techs and behaviorists can also offer their help if needed.

Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience, and it changes animals’ lives in a very direct way. Your act of kindness is repaid in rewards that are beyond words. 

Animal Humane Society shelters are located in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. Applicants must live within 60 miles of one of our shelter sites to be considered for this volunteer role.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline