Whether they’re bottle feeding baby kittens, teaching shy dogs that humans can be trusted, or just giving an animal a quiet place to rest and recover, fosters are indispensable to our organization.
It takes a big heart to foster, but the work is lifesaving and lifechanging. Do you think you could open your home and heart to a vulnerable pet?
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.
The first step to becoming a foster parent is to fill out an online application. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email containing important information that will start you on your journey to becoming a foster parent. You will then be contacted by HSSC within 24-48 hours of submitting your application to go over any questions you may have and to finalize enrollment into our foster program!
To fill out your application, please visit VolunteerHub.
If you have questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, 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!
HSSC Foster Manual for Puppies/Dogs
HSSC Foster Manual for Kittens/Cats
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.