Fostering Saves Lives

Why Foster?

For starters, it saves lives.

As an open-admission, truly no-kill shelter, we are always at capacity. So it only takes one big intake day, or a hoarding case, or the seasonal peaks we see with kitten season and before holidays, for us to find ourselves in a space crisis. On any given day, we might have more than 100 animals in foster homes!  Without our fosters opening their hearts and homes to the animals who need a temporary break from shelter life–or a home in which to heal–we simply wouldn’t be the no-kill shelter we are today.

Our Foster Program also provides an opportunity to introduce a pet in need of fostership into your home without making a lifelong commitment.  If you’re unsure about adoption, this is a great way to dip your toes into the water.

Hear first hand from one of our long-time fosters, Kim Anders.

  • 01.

    How to Become a Foster

    Simply fill out an application and note your areas of interest.  Some fosters require more time, and experience, than others.  We will review your application and let you know when we have a match.  Feel free to contact us any time at for more information or questions on an animal we have posted in need of foster care.

  • 02.

    Animals in Need of Fostership

    We need foster homes for nursing mothers, animals under eight weeks of age, and those recovering from injury and illness.  And, we always need foster homes who can give those emotionally declining a respite from shelter life.

    Some of our more urgent foster needs include:

    • Felines suffering from upper respiratory infections
    • Motherless kittens who need to be bottle fed to survive
    • Pregnant animals
    • Cats and dogs with serious injuries
    • Heartworm positive dogs
    • Seniors who are depressed and stop eating in a shelter environment
    • Long-time shelter residents who are beginning to decline physically or mentally
    • Opening up space during high-capacity times
    • Dogs in need of rehabilitation for behavior challenges (seasoned fosters only.)

  • 03.

    We've Got it Covered

    HSHC will pay for all associated foster care expenses if that’s what it takes to get an animal into a healthier environment. This includes everything from medical care to general supplies like food, litter, toys and crate.

    Now don’t get us wrong, we certainly appreciate our fosters who are willing to cover the basics like food, litter, and grooming.  Some of our fosters go all out and even help us cover medical care.  That extra support means we can help more animals get into foster homes.

    And if you do help with foster care expenses, it’s considered a tax-deductible contribution!

  • 04.

    When Resistance is Futile

    Sure, you set out to be a temporary foster…but then you fell in love.  It happens. We call it a foster failure when fosters decide they cannot part with their foster animal.   And for those who foster nursing litters, you will always get first dibs on the puppy or kitten of your choice.   You know, just in case resistance is futile 🙂

Urgent! Pets in Need of Foster

  • Noah

    Noah is a 2-year-old Pit Bull Mix who is having somewhat of a hard time at the shelter. In a loving home is where he thrives. He's housebroken and loves car rides!

    Apply to Foster Noah
  • Big Mowgli

    Big Mowgli is a 13-year-old cat that deserves to spend his glory days in a comfortable environment. Are you the foster family he's been waiting for?

    Apply to Foster Big Mowgli
  • Tiny Tina

    Tiny Tina is a 5-year-old Pit Bull Mix looking for a foster family to love. Despite her small size, she has a huge heart and loves to cuddle!

    Apply to Foster Tiny Tina
  • Jonesy and Ghost

    Jonesy and Ghost are a bonded pair. These 3-year-olds just want to be together while they play, take cat naps, and wait for their forever home.

    Apply to Foster Jonesy and Ghost
  • Ruby

    Ruby is an 11-year-old Shar Pei/Chow mix looking for a home to relax in while she waits to meet her forever family. Ruby is smart, housebroken, and loves sniffing on walks!

    Apply to Foster Ruby
  • Bee and Iceland

    Bee and Iceland are a bonded pair. Since both cats are 10 years old, they are looking for a home where they can sunbathe together while they wait to meet their person.

    Apply to Foster Bee and Iceland

Foster Testimonial

About Lisa's Experience

“Some dogs don’t adapt well to the shelter environment. They become anxious, depressed, withdrawn, and some completely shut down and stop eating. Fostering these dogs is life-saving. Once they are in a loving home environment,  you can see their fears subside over time and their personality starts to bloom.”

  • Sometimes through fostering you fall deeply in love and realize an animal’s forever home is actually yours.

    Lisa Wiley Rodriquez

  • We have loved fostering with the HSHC as it allows us to get our “fix” of extra fur while also feeling useful and helpful to an animal in need.

    Christy Baugh

  • I like fostering because it’s my personal way of giving back to the animals who haven’t had the opportunity to find their forever homes.  I like working with HSHC because they are flexible with my schedule and make the responsibility of fostering very simple.

    Alex Patten

  • Extra love is sometimes all it takes to make a big difference to the health of an animal both mentally and physically.

    Christy Baugh

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.