Foster Care

When an animal arrives at the HSBC who is not quite ready for adoption, we rely on the love and homes of our foster care volunteers. These volunteers open their homes to kittens needing time to grow, pregnant or nursing cats, dogs who need a little extra attention, or a companion animal recovering from an illness or injury. Many foster families assist with finding new homes for their fostering.

We are focusing on a short-term weekend foster program to get animals out of the shelter and into a loving home for a few days while the shelter is closed to the public. When they return to the shelter, animals are revitalized and, therefore, more adoptable. This is especially useful for an animal that has been at the shelter for a while and is in need of a break.

We are sometimes in need of longer term fosters for the following types of animals:

  • Pregnant dogs or cats
  • Mother cat or dog with litter that is still nursing
  • Cat or dog litters separated from the mother that require bottle feeding
  • Animals recovering from illness, surgery or injury or require medication

There are two simple steps to becoming an approved foster:

  • Fill out the application
  • Do a home visit with a member of the Foster Committee

Once approved, you can foster whenever and as often as you would like!

If you have any questions, please email

Complete the form below to become a foster care volunteer with the Humane Society of Bay County.