Foster Program

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 family 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. Keepin the animal in a foster's home begins the socialization process that many of them need, and it also temporarily provides a loving environment for that animal.

We could not make it without our Foster Parents!


Becoming a Foster 

Fill out the application online, or in our lobby. Talk to the foster coordinator or another staff member, if the coordinator is not onsite. They will go over your application with you and provide all the details about the dog or cat you are interested in fostering. 

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.

Apply to be a Foster!

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