What is a Foster Parent?

Join our Foster Program

Volunteer foster families help care for the animals at JHS by providing temporary, in-home care to JHS animals. Fostering is a very rewarding opportunity because you get to prepare an animal for adoption.

To become a foster parent, please fill out a Foster Application:

Foster Application for Kittens and Cats

Foster Application for Puppies and Dogs

For information about our program, check out this video:

Return to the foster main menu. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m ready! How do I join?

Please fill out a Foster Application:

Foster Application for Kittens and Cats
Foster Application for Puppies and Dogs

If you have any questions, contact our foster office at foster@jaxhumane.org.

Can I be a foster parent?

Yes! Any adult with spare time and space can foster animals for JHS.

What types of animals need foster care?

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


Adult dogs and cats can also benefit from a shelter break. Learn more about our Dog Day Out and Shelter Staycation program for adult pets.!

What pet care supplies will I need?

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!

What is my responsibility?

JHS foster parents must follow all guidelines for the care of their foster pets, including bringing foster pets back to JHS every two (2) weeks for regular appointments, keeping foster pets separate from owned pets, and feeding and medicating foster pets as directed by JHS staff.

We also request that you communicate regularly with JHS staff and alert us about any medical or behavioral changes in your foster pets.

How long can I foster an animal?

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.

I want to help but I don’t know how to bottle feed. Do you provide training?

We do offer classes and our staff is here to guide you. 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!

What if I fall in love with my foster pet? Can I keep it?

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.

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More Info:

Return to the foster main menu. 

Existing foster parents looking for specific information, please click here.

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