Sometimes, animals aren’t yet ready for our adoption program—like puppies or kittens under eight weeks old. Sometimes, animals get sick or injured and need special care. And other times, our shelter is simply filled to capacity. That’s when our Foster Care program volunteers swoop in to save the day.
How It Works
When the HSCT receives a dog or cat that, for some reason, can’t be immediately placed up for adoption. We then call our list of foster care volunteers and this is how it works from there:
The first willing foster home will come to the shelter and pick up the animal—along with all available information and supplies.
That animal then goes to the foster home until they are ready for adoption. (You may need to bring the animals back to the shelter periodically for medical check-ups by our on-staff veterinarian.)
The animal stays in foster care until it gets adopted!
Fostering animals provides the shelter with much-needed space for taking in more animals in need, and keeping the animal in a foster's home begins the socialization process that many of them need. As well as providing a loving environment for that animal temporarily. We could not make it without our Foster Parents!
Becoming a Foster
First, you need to attend a Foster Care Orientation. The orientation will allow you to learn everything you need to know about caring for a foster animal, while meeting our staff and getting an up-close look at what HSCT does every day.
We appreciate the invaluable service that foster parents provide. We want to make the most informed decision regarding which animals to place in your care. Completing this application is the best way to assure a positive experience for both you and the animals.