Foster Program


Wouldn't it be amazing if every shelter pet could live in a foster home with a family instead of at the shelter, alone in a kennel, while they wait for their forever home? That is our dream at HSCTX!

When animals are in foster homes, they are happy and comfortable, they have less stress, they get the chance to run and play, and they are able to interact with humans who can tell us everything we need to know about them to find them the perfect Forever Home!

Sound like something you could do?!?!?

Fostering costs you nothing but a little room in your home and your heart. Animals don't care if you live in an apartment or a house, if you have a yard, what kind of job you have, or what time you wake up in the morning. If your home is bigger than a dog kennel, if you are willing to provide daily care and fun times for an animal who was lost or abandoned, and you are willing to help us find a forever home for that animal by bringing them to the shelter or adoption events monthly for meet and greets, then you would make a great foster home!

While almost every animal at the shelter is available for fostering, we always have a few special cases that NEED very special foster homes. Animals that have been abused or neglected, those that have suffered physical trauma or illness and are undergoing medical treatment, those that are terrified of life due to their circumstances, and those that absolutely cannot get along with other animals need people willing to manage their issues. As an HSCTX foster, you will be provided with medical and behavioral support for your foster pet to ensure that they recover and find a home. We believe that #EveryWacoAnimalDeservesAChance, and we count on our fosters to make that happen for the most challenging animals that come to our shelter.

Animals are usually in foster care for 1 week to 3 months. So if you have one week available, we can find the right animal for you. If you have other dogs, we can find the right animal for you. If you have young children or teenagers, we can find the right animal for you. With over 100 animals in need of foster homes on any given day, we can find the right one for you! And if you are someone with no dogs, no cats, and no kids, and you are willing to foster one of our very special cases, we consider you an HSCTX UNICORN

Read a copy of our Foster Contract for all the details about fostering. You must be an approved volunteer to foster animals for HSCTX, and to do that, all you have to do is fill out this Background Check for the City of Waco to start the process.  More details on volunteering can be found here.

Come by the Waco Animal Shelter during open hours and we will match you with the perfect foster pet for your home, family, and lifestyle. If you need more information on becoming an HSCTX Foster Home, or you just want to talk with someone, call (254) 214-1523 or EMAIL.

You can also check out our Facebook Group just for HSCTX fosters!

The Humane Society of Central Texas

Foster homes are a critical part of our lifesaving mission! We strive to have at least 50% of all shelter animals in foster homes to ensure their mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and to increase their chances of adoption!

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