Thank you for your interest in fostering a dog or cat for WSHS! We are always looking for compassionate people to provide temporary care in their home for animals who are not yet available for adoption. Our shelter environment may not be appropriate for young puppies and kittens, animals needing quiet time, and animals requiring the socialization that a family can provide. Our foster families bridge the gap of time between intake and adoption and allow the animal to reach full size, recovery, and potential for adoption.

The time commitment for temporary care varies from animal to animal and is dependent upon their needs. Sometimes, we take in more dogs than we have space for and you may be asked to provide a home for a dog for a week or two until a run becomes available in the kennel. An animal recovering from minor surgery may only need a week of home care until his wound heals or may need to stay for 4-6 weeks to recover from major surgery. Puppies and kittens come back to the shelter once they are 12 weeks old. A pregnant mom will need at least a couple of months so she can give birth and be with her babies for 8 weeks.

Fostering an animal can be a great way to interact with a dog or cat without assuming full responsibility for their long-term care. You can also become more familiar with a variety of different breeds which may help you to decide which animal is right for you permanently. WSHS will provide the supplies you need to take care of the animals. We also provide all veterinary care through our network of veterinary hospitals.

Because it is not uncommon for a foster family to adopt one of their foster animals, we review and approve our foster applications in the same way we approve adoption applications. To apply to foster, fill out the application for dogs or cats below:

Application to Foster WSHS Cats 

Application to Foster WSHS Dogs 

If you would like more information about our fostering program, email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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In addition to monetary donations, we are always grateful for non-monetary donations. Click here to find a list of accepted items we would greatly appreciate receiving.