Foster Volunteers

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.

Essential Capabilities for Fosters

  • Be at least 18 years old. If you are under 18, you must have your parent or guardian complete the foster application and all program requirements.
  • A safe, loving environment for feeding, care, and socialization.
  • A room (or space) to keep foster animals separate from resident animals.
  • Transportation to and from HSSC for vaccines and medical check-ups. We will make every effort to ensure your foster pet’s check-ups fit your schedule.
  • Willingness to follow all guidelines on feeding and medicating your foster pet, as provided by HSSC staff.
  • Alert staff about any medical or behavioral changes in your foster pets. Any information about the pet will be helpful in finding a permanent home for the animal.
  • You do not need to be an HSSC volunteer to foster, but you are welcome to do both. Learn more about volunteering here.
  • We frequently have to place foster animals quickly—usually within 48 hours—so please be aware of the time commitment and accessibility required to be a Foster Volunteer.

HSSC Provides

  • Food, bowls, crates/carriers, litter and litter box, collars and leashes, toys, towels, beds, and prescribed medications
  • Assistance from staff, training manuals, and an after-hours emergency number
  • All veterinary care

Get Started

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 Education & Training

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

Foster Failures

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.

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