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.

    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.

    Animals Looking for a Foster


    The pets appearing on this page are in need of foster homes due to their young age or because they are recovering from an illness or injury.

    After completing your foster application, please expect a call from a member of our client experience team to review your application and tell you more about fostering for HSSC. We strive to respond to all foster applications within 2 business days, Tuesday - Saturday.

    To expedite the process, or to make our staff aware of your interest in an animal seen here, please contact our adoptions/foster client experience team at [email protected]. Pick-ups must be scheduled for the same day – you cannot make an appointment to pick up a pet the next day. Unless designated as a single animal, all underage animals must go to foster homes in pairs (at least). Click or tap on each animal’s photo to learn more about them.

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    Foster FAQ


    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.


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

    Our kittens need your help!

    We help more than 1,000 kittens in our community. Help us provide them with the supplies they need so we can give them the chance they deserve. Visit our HSSC Foster Amazon Wishlist and donations can be shipped right to our shelter's front door! Click here to be redirected to wishlist page -> Amazon Wishlist


    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.