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, 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
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.
Please complete online application. Please download and bring with you a signed Contract (Adoption or Foster) and Landlord permission forms.
The Humane Society of Central Texas
We are contracting partners with the City of Waco at the Animal Shelter at 2032 Circle Road. We provide adoption, rescue and foster opportunities for the homeless animals at the Animal Shelter, as well as community education regarding responsible pet ownership.
Donate today and help us save more lives. There are so many different ways you can help!
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF CENTRAL TEXAS IS A PROUD RECIPIENT OF FUNDING FROM MADDIE'S FUND®, HELPING TO ACHIEVE A NO-KILL NATION #THANKSTOMADDIE.