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Foster A Pet!

Read all about how you can help a homeless animal and open up space at the shelter!

About Fostering

Foster Care Saves Hundreds of Lives Each Year!

Open your home and heart to a foster pet and give one of our most vulnerable animals a second chance. Animals in our foster program range from only a few days old to some of our most senior pets. Typically, animals that need a foster the most are abandoned litters of puppies and kittens, shy adult cats, animals recovering from medical procedures, and neglected or abused pets who need help coming out of their shells. 

We Provide:

  • All necessary veterinary care for animals in our foster program, including medications, vaccinations and medical care

  • Plenty of support from staff and volunteers

  • Supplies that are necessary based on the animal you are fostering.  Dry food, canned food, formula, bottles, litter, litter box, puppy pads, kennels, newspaper, blankets/towels, pet taxis, leash, collar, etc. Some items are provided when available like playpens, kitchen scales, heating pads, nebulizers, baby wipes, toys, scratch posts to name a few. If you need something not listed, just ask! 

You Provide:

  • Your time and space in your home

  • Lots of love and care

Foster parents must be available to pick up and drop off the pet at HES as needed and bring animals back for placement in a forever home when the time is right. 

Watch our foster coordinator and foster families talk about the foster process and what it means to them!

Why Foster? 

Read about current foster experiences below!

"My family and I foster for many reasons, not the least of which is our ginormous love for animals. But what struck us immediately was how invaluable the experience has been for our three kids, who range in age from five to ten. They learn the importance of kindness and compassion and what it means to have a deep, abiding respect for all creatures, big and small. Aside from those very important things, they learn how rewarding it is to give back to some of our community’s most vulnerable members. And these are lessons that can’t be taught in a classroom"



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