Foster parents are heroes and allow us to help even more animals in the community! One animal in your home allows us to rescue another and bring it into our adoption program.
Foster Program Overview
Why do these sweet dogs and cats need foster care?
- They are too young and/or underweight to be placed up for adoption.
- They are a momma and her nursing kittens/puppies need a home environment where they can feel safe and receive proper socialization.
- They need time to recuperate from an illness or injury. (We provide all medical care, of course!)
- They were outdoor cats/kittens who need to be in quarantine for a while to ensure they are healthy so that they can join our cats at the shelter.
- They experienced stress in the shelter environment, and having them in a home makes them feel more secure.
- They are shy and need a little extra TLC.
What qualifications do I need to have to become a foster parent?
- Have basic knowledge of pet care and behavior. (We will provide this!)
- Provide transportation to and from the shelter for vaccination appointments, to one of our approved vets, if necessary, and to off-site adoption events (Petco).
- Provide daily care, feeding and any necessary medications as prescribed by our shelter staff (food and veterinary care are provided by HSFC).
- In some cases, have an area where you can keep your foster isolated from your own companion animals.
- Be able to commit enough time to socialize your fosters and give them lots of TLC!
- Be at least 18 years old. (Please confirm by putting in your date of birth on the application form.)
- Agree to a Foster Home Inspection, which is required by the Dept. of Agriculture and takes about five minutes to complete.
- Have a flexible schedule to allow time for routine veterinary exams and vaccinations, as well as any emergencies that may occur.
I am interested in saving lives as a foster parent, what do I need to do next?
- Submit your online foster application
- Once you are approved, a foster coordinator will contact you about scheduling the required Dept. of Agriculture home inspection.
- Once everything is complete, we will work with you to find the perfect first foster pet.
Foster Program Frequently Asked Questions
How old must I be to foster?
Fosters must be at least 18 years or older to foster an HSFC pet.
How much does it cost?
We do not charge anything to our foster parents. We cover all approved medical costs and we will even supply the food if you are unable.
How long does a foster pet stay with me?
As little as a few days to as long as several months. Most animals in our program find their fur-ever home within 30 days. You can help find their home faster by making sure to bring them to our off-site adoption events. If you have had a foster for a while and need to return them, we make it easy. Just contact the foster coordinator and we will make the arrangements.
Oh no, I fell in love with my foster and I want to keep them, what do I do?
Don’t worry, this does happen. If you decide that you want to adopt your foster, you will join the exclusive ‘FOSTER FAILURE’ club. Contact the foster coordinator and they will help you complete your adoption.
How do I register my current foster for an adoption event?
First, check with your foster contact to ensure your foster animal is ready for an adoption event. If he/she is, CLICK HERE to register for our next adoption event.