Foster Program

We have various dogs and cats in our shelter that could greatly benefit from the foster program. Through the foster program, you provide a loving home to one of the pets from the Humane Society. We help you with food and vet expenses. Some foster parents have decided to adopt their pet. However, we will still actively search out a home for your foster pet during their stay.

What are Foster Homes responsible for?

Foster homes are responsible for providing a warm, safe place for foster animals. They are responsible for providing socialization for the pets in their care, teaching good behavior to the animals, and contacting the Humane Society of Allen County for any medical problems that arise.

What is the Humane Society of Allen County responsible for?

The Humane Society of Allen County is responsible for providing all supplies and food to the foster home and for caring for the animals when it comes to medical and emergency issues. Volunteers are relied upon for updated photos and accurate biographies and actively contributing to the adoption process.

Why are Foster Homes needed?

We can only rescue as many animals as we have room and staffing for. Not only do foster homes maximize the number of animals rescued, they also help to care for animals that would be difficult to care for in a shelter or kennel environment: puppies and kittens with immune systems not strong enough to fight germs, orphaned or feral kittens, animals recovering from major surgery, or dogs needing one-on-one behavior rehabilitation or a break from a shelter.

Fostering literally saves lives. Despite the occasional challenge with a very sick or very young animal, most foster cases are fairly routine situations where you give food, housing, and tender loving care to a needy and deserving pet. This is always a worthy endeavor and it will hopefully be a satisfying, joyful experience for you as well!

Time Commitment

People who work the average 9-5 schedule can often be wonderful foster parents. When it comes to mother cats, there is little for a foster parent to do but observe her and her kittens for health conditions, play with them, and love them. Kittens, on the other hand, require round the clock care. Other animals, the time commitment can vary based on each animals individual needs. We will assess your lifestyle and match you with the best foster animals for your situation!

How long is a foster period?

The length of fostering can vary from a few days to several months depending on your lifestyle and the needs of the animal you are fostering.

What does it cost to foster a pet?

All medical supplies, veterinary care, food, and medications are covered by the Humane Society of Allen County.

Fostering Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a pet foster parent, you will be given a packet of information regarding the foster requirements. Some of them include:

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must have consent of all members in the household.
  • Foster cats are strictly indoor cats.
  • Foster dogs must be kept in a secure area or on a leash.
  • Foster dogs may not go to public dog parks.
  • Foster pet parents must keep in constant contact with the Humane Society of Allen County Foster Care Department Coordinator.
  • You must complete the normal adoption process before taking possession of the animal
  • You must agree to accept the decisions and policies of the Humane Society of Allen County.

If you would like to provide a Foster home for a pet, click here to contact us.

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