Foster Program

     Foster Parents provide temporary in home care for animals that are not quite ready to find their forever homes,
     as well as providing palliative care for animals requiring a quiet, comfortable home for the remainder of their life.

     When you become a foster parent, you are changing the future of an animal and helping us save others by creating space for another pet in need.
     As a foster parent you will provide a temporary home to an animal in need.
     The HSDR provides foster parents with food, supplies, medications and veterinary care.

     What’s a foster home?
     Foster parents provide temporary homes for animals before adoption.
     Foster care is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving the lives of homeless animals.
     Cats are the most common animal needing foster homes, but dogs, rabbits, and even rodents and exotics will sometimes need the extra love
     and attention that only a foster home can provide.

     Why do animals need foster care?

        There are several possible reasons:

  • Some animals don’t do well in the shelter environment because they are frightened or they need a little extra care.
  • Newborn animals who need to be nursed or bottle/syringe fed are much more successful physically and socially when raised in a foster home.
  • Some animals need time to recover from illness or injury before they are ready for adoption.

           Some animals need socialization time before they

  • they are ready to find their forever home.
  • Some animals are palliative so are not highly adoptable. So they will go into foster care to enjoy the remaining time they have.

       Whatever the reason, foster animals need some extra love and care before they are ready to find their forever home.
       Providing foster care for a few days, weeks, or months can be a lifesaving gift for an animal.                                                                                                                                     

       How do I become a foster volunteer? 

        Submit an Application

     The application helps us learn about your family, household and experience.
     Download our Foster Application online and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
. Otherwise, please come in to the shelter and
     speak to our friendly, knowledgeable staff.

   Foster Application   


         Attend an Interview

      HSDR staff will contact you directly to conduct an interview. During the interview we will discuss your application.

          Attend a Foster Orientation and Training Session

      During this session you will learn about HSDR and the role of foster parents.
      You will be provided with informational manuals and hands-on training on how to care for some of the more vulnerable
       animals at HSDR.

       Foster Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must ensure their pets are spay/neutered and fully vaccinated with their own animals.
  • Must have a separate room to isolate a foster animal.
  • Must have time to care for foster animals.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Have permission to foster if you are renting their home.
  • Everyone in the household has to be in agreement to foster.
  • Able to commit to at least 6 months’ worth of fostering.
  • Must be available to come to scheduled appointments throughout the weekdays.
  • Must abide by the foster agreement signed upon joining the program.
  • All Foster must attend an orientation session.

    Contact Us

          Still have questions? E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 905-665-7430