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.
There are a number of reasons animals may need foster care, including animals too young for adoption, nursing moms with a litter, supportive health care, post-surgery recovery and temporary homes for animals whose owners are fleeing domestic violence. We also offer unique opportunities for more experienced foster volunteers, such as caring for pregnant dogs or puppies with Parvo virus.
The basic supplies you will need to care for foster animals (food, medications, kennels, toys, etc.) are provided, as well as 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. Plus, animals in foster care create space in the shelter to accommodate other homeless animals that need our help, too.
If you're interested in becoming a foster volunteer, get started by filling out the Foster Volunteer Application.