|Become a Foster Parent|
A favorite quote from one of our board members is, "We are only limited in the number of animals we can help by three things: money, volunteers and space." A strong Foster Program addresses the space limitation. We receive new calls daily from owners needing to surrender their pets, kind hearted individuals who have taken in a stray, and caring animal control workers hoping to avoid euthanizing dogs or cats in their overcrowded county shelters. A strong Foster Program addresses the space limitation and saves lives.
To thoroughly understand the HSFC Foster Program, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (below).
How do I become a foster parent?
Please understand that the Georgia DOA requirements, as well as HSFC's, were created to ensure the animals' and your safety. The process does not take long and afterwards, you are an Approved Fosterer and will be asked periodically to foster an animal -- cat or dog -- it's your choice. If this sounds like something you are interested in doing, please join us in one of the most important and satisfying volunteer jobs you can have at HSFC.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does it mean to be a Foster Parent for the Humane Society of Forsyth County (HSFC)?
What expenses should I expect to cover for my foster pet?
HSFC covers the cost of all preventative and veterinary care for the animals in our program including fosters. Most vaccinations and meds are administered at the Adoption Center. Your animal will need a vet visit for spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations. Our partner vet clinics are located throughout the county and you are free to use the clinic most convenient for you. The vet clinics will invoice HSFC directly. If you are able to provide food (or litter) for your foster, that is greatly appreciated. If not, we are happy to share what is available in our Pet Food Pantry with our foster homes. We generally are able to lend crates, litter boxes, carriers, leashes, collars, bowls, etc. to foster homes if they are needed to care for the foster.
How long will I have my foster dog or cat?
When you agree to take a foster into your home, you can either choose to "foster until adopted" or "foster until space is available" at the shelter. If you choose the latter, your foster goes on our waiting list along with other animals waiting to come to the Adoption Center. If your foster isn't working out, you can always switch him or her with another animal of the same species that might be a better fit for your home. Waiting list time varies greatly, depending on how quickly animals at the shelter are being adopted. Ask the Foster Coordinators for the typical wait time before committing if the duration is an important factor in your decision to be a foster parent.
How can I help my foster get adopted?
There are two important ways for a foster parent to help find a forever home for a foster animal: