Foster Volunteers

    As an HSSC foster, you provide temporary in-home care for sick, underage, or injured cats and dogs. Sometimes it’s as simple as socializing or needing a break from the shelter, fosters are vital to our lifesaving mission.


    Foster FAQ

    What is my responsibility?

    As a foster, you provide a safe and loving environment for feeding, care, and socialization. A separate room or space is needed to keep foster animals separate from your personal pets, and transportation to and from HSSC is needed for vaccines and medical check-ups. We ask that fosters follow our guidelines on feeding, training, and medicating your foster pet, as provided by HSSC staff.

    At this time we are only able to accept fosters living within a 25-mile radius of HSSC.

    Any questions please contact our Foster & Placement Coordinator at 941.955.4131 x122 or [email protected].  

    You must be 18 years or older to apply. If you are in need of community service hours they will still be honored under your parent's/guardian's application.


    Current foster in need of additional supplies? Submit a request for additional supplies below:


    HSSC's Foster Program is a proud recipient of grant funding from Maddie's Fund®, helping to achieve a no-kill nation #ThanksToMaddie. Maddie's Fund is a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.