Thank you for your interest in our foster care program!
As a foster program volunteer, you can play a large role in helping us to continue our successful 95%+ save rate. By focusing on providing additional care that is difficult to achieve at the shelter, you will dramatically increase the chances of a pet being adopted, and will become a vital part of our fight against the euthanasia of adoptable animals.
As a foster care volunteer, you will give every animal a better chance at a new life.
How the Program Works
The BCHS foster program is designed to place shelter animals that need extra care into temporary homes where they can grow, heal, socialize, and become/remain adoptable while they wait for their “forever home”.
- Kittens and puppies. Until their immune systems have developed and they are old enough to be spay/neutered and adopted, kittens and puppies are all kept in foster care.
- Dogs undergoing heartworm treatment. These dogs need to be in a calm, quiet environment without a lot of activity.
- Cats and dogs recovering from medical treatment or illness. A quiet, comfortable place to rest and receive medication and regular monitoring is much better for the healing process.
- Small dogs. Many small dogs find the noise and size of the shelter to be especially stressful.
Which Situation is Right for You?
Because our program is focused on animals that need special care, not every home situation will be right for every animal. All foster homes are inspected to be sure that they suit the needs of the foster animal(s).
Each animal has different requirements. Some, like kittens, may need a few months of care while others may only need a few days. Our foster care team can work with your schedule.
Every foster volunteer is provided with a detailed manual and regular check-ins from our foster care coordinator. We also have a veterinary technician available by phone or email to help with any questions or concerns. We provide you with everything you need to know during the fostering process.
If you have questions or would like to apply, email
To Be a Foster Care Volunteer:
Potential foster families must complete an application and host a home visit by a BCHS representative. Because the foster care program is an extension of the BCHS shelter, each foster volunteer must agree to certain responsibilities:
- Feed, socialize, exercise, groom and medicate animals as needed.
- Ensure the animal’s safety and respond to the animal’s needs.
- Isolate foster animals from your own companion animals when necessary.
- Ensure that your companion animals are current on vaccinations and spayed or neutered.
- Observe and report any problems with the animal to the shelter.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding foster animals and their situations.
- Return the animal to the Society at the appropriate time.
- Comply with the Society’s philosophies and policies and act as a Society representative.
- Bring foster animals to BCHS adoption events so that they will be given every opportunity to be placed in permanent, adoptive homes.
- Ensure fostered pets remain under the care of the foster family at all times.