Open your home and heart to a vulnerable pet today. HSSC’s Foster Program is critical to our rescue work. It enables us to increase the number of homeless pets we can save by placing them in temporary foster homes. Foster homes also give pets a warm, loving environment to heal, grow, and flourish.
There are many reasons a pet may need a foster home:
Underage: Puppies and kittens are not ready to be adopted until they’re at least eight weeks old.
Sick/Injured: Foster homes are a great place for our sick or injured animals to heal.
Behavior/Socialization: With people and animals constantly coming and going, a shelter can be overwhelming for some animals. They might need a home environment or some one-on-one attention.
Contact Hayley Harvey at 941.955.4131 x113.
Foster Clinics will be held monthly and will cover the basics of fostering. Clinics are encouraged for new fosters and can be a good refresher for experienced fosters. Our staff will provide the training and support you need, and we will never ask you to foster animals beyond your comfort or skill level. The safety and health of our animals is our number-one priority!
Current Foster Volunteers
If you go 60 days without logging into VolunteerHub, your account will be suspended due to inactivity. If you still want to be a volunteer, contact Hayley Harvey at 941.955.4131 x113 to have your account reactivated.
We are proud to offer our active volunteers a 25% discount on services at our Animal Clinic, and a 10% discount on retail purchases at both the Animal Clinic and our Adoptions Retail Center. To claim your discount, please let staff know at the time of scheduling or purchase. New volunteers must have contributed at least 15 hours before they are eligible for discounts. Training time counts towards those 15 hours.
It happens. You bring an animal into your home for what’s supposed to be a temporary stay, then you find yourself realizing this animal deserves a permanent place in your home. We call these “Foster Failures,” and we have seen many furever matches made this way. Keep in mind that fosters-turned-adopters still need to complete all adoption paperwork and pay all adoption fees.