Foster Care

Many of our animals have special needs that make shelter living particularly hard on them. The very young, sick, injured, or those animals that are terribly shy often fare better in a home environment. Foster parents take these animals into their homes and care for them until they are ready to return to the shelter or a permanent home.

The Humane Society of Washington frequently receives animals that are in need of special attention. Some are sick or injured; some are poorly socialized while others need help raising their litter of kittens or puppies. The goal of the Foster Care Program is to improve the adoptability of these animals and ultimately help them find permanent loving homes.

As a Foster Care Provider the time and love you offer provides the animals in your care with the nurturing they desperately need. The positive influence you will have will help instill and intensify the animal human bond that is essential in a well-adjusted pet. Your influence may be the key element to helping these animals become suitable for adoption.

How can you become a Foster Care provider? Please complete our online form below. You will be contacted in a few days to schedule an interview with the Foster Care Coordinator to discuss the program in further detail. Together, you will determine which animal(s) you are best suited to work with. As animals in need of your help come to us, the Coordinator will contact you to discuss moving the animal(s) temporarily into your care.

The Humane Society of Washington County is extremely grateful for the Foster Care Providers who give so much of themselves for the animals in need. We thank you for your interest in this program and hope to have you join our wonderful group of Foster Care Parents!

Foster Care Application Form

*Full Name







Home phone

Work phone

How long have you lived at the above address?

You live in a:

You live in the:

Please list the names of other adults and the ages of the children in your household:

Do they all know your plan to foster?

Please list all the pets you currently have or have had in the past five years including name, age, breed, sex, if spayed or neutered, if licensed, vaccination dates, temperament, if the pet is currently with and for how long, or why the pet is not currently with you:

What is your veterinarian’s name?

What is your veterinarian’s phone number?

What type of animal are you interested in fostering?

You can foster animals who are:

What types of conditions are you not willing to work with?

Can you keep foster animals separate from your animals?

How many hours a day would the foster animal be without an adult caregiver?

Are you able to transport the animal to and from HSWC?

Do you feel that you would be emotionally capable of “letting go” and returning the animal to the shelter?

Will you permit a home visit by the Foster Care Coordinator?

Tell us what interests you in becoming a foster care parent for HSWC.

Do you have any questions?

I agree that all information I have provided is true and I understand that false statements will be considered a breach of contract.

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