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 HSCTX takes in an animal that needs extra care and attention before being placed in a forever home, we alert all of our foster care volunteers by email and on our HSCTX Volunteer Facebook page. The Foster Coordinator arranges for a foster to pick up the animal, and that foster provides a safe home, love, healthy food, and socialization that ultimately prepares the animal to be adopted. Animals stay in foster homes for up to 8 weeks, but sometimes, it's just for a few days, depending on the situation.
As a foster home, you may need to bring the animal back to the shelter periodically for medical check-ups by our veterinarian, and you may need to administer daily medication or supplements. Another important aspect of fostering is that the foster brings the animal to adoption events and advertises them on social media to try to find them a forever home.
In addition to socializing animals, foster homes open up space at the shelter for the ever-increasing number of animals in need. Our goal is to have at least 50% of our shelter animals in foster homes at all times!
Becoming a Foster
Fill out a Foster/Adoption Application online or in person at the HSCTX Adoption Building. The Foster Coordinator will talk with you about which animals will be best for you to foster based on your family and lifestyle. She will also discuss your roles and responsibilities as a foster, and she will answer all of your questions. Once you find an animal that you want to foster, you will complete and sign a Foster Contract, which you can download below to review.
If you rent your home, in addition to completing the online Foster/Adoption Application, please download and bring with you a signed Landlord Permission Form.
The Humane Society of Central Texas
We are contracted by the City of Waco to provide adoption, rescue and foster opportunities for the homeless animals at the Waco Animal Shelter, as well as community education regarding responsible pet ownership. Donate today to support our lifesaving programs!
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF CENTRAL TEXAS IS A PROUD RECIPIENT OF FUNDING FROM MADDIE'S FUND®, HELPING TO ACHIEVE A NO-KILL NATION #THANKSTOMADDIE.