Volunteer foster families help JHS by providing temporary, in-home care to JHS animals who are underage, sick, injured, in need of socialization, or simply in need of a break from the shelter.
Yes! Any adult with spare time and space can foster animals for JHS.
We are always seeking foster homes for:
- Underage kittens and puppies
- Nursing cats and dogs
- Ill or injured animals that may need regular medication or medical attention
- Kittens and puppies in need of socialization
- Adult dogs and cats in need of a break from the shelter
JHS provides on-site veterinary care and all medication for foster pets during posted business hours. In addition, we strive to supply each foster parent with a two-week supply of wet/dry food, non-clumping litter, etc. since all underage animals will need to return to the shelter for bi-weekly preventative care (vaccines, deworming, etc.). Please note that the distribution of supplies is subject to availability. JHS greatly appreciates the generosity of foster parents who purchase supplies for their foster pets, which helps us to save even more lives!
We request that you follow all guidelines on feeding and medicating your foster pet as given to you by JHS staff. Alert us about any medical or behavioral changes in your foster pet, and keep your scheduled appointments.
The length of foster care varies with the needs of the animal and your availability. Depending on those factors, we will determine which type of foster animal will work best for you. We will make every effort to ensure your foster pet’s checkups fit your schedule.
Some of our foster parents are only able to foster for 1-2 nights at a time, others are able to provide foster care for an extended period of time (a month or longer).
Our staff is here to guide you – we periodically offer bottle feeding classes either in-person or virtually. You can always start with puppies or kittens who are eating on their own and work your way up to bottle feeding. There are also excellent resources online. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Foster parents are welcome to adopt in most cases. Remember that some pets may already have a home lined up before you take them to foster care. Foster parents who adopt must complete all adoption paperwork and fees may be included.