Foster Program

Needed: Volunteers like you to provide short-term in-home care for friendly dogs and cats in need until they are adopted.
Kitten season is approaching fast, and we need caring, temporary homes for kittens until they are old enough to be adopted.

Veterinary care and food are provided. Fostering can last from a few days to several months.

Contact: [email protected] or 904-321-1647

How can I foster an NHS animal?

Thank you for your interest in our foster program. NHS is always seeking more foster homes to help care for animals admitted to our facility. These homes proved temporary in-home care to animals not yet ready for adoption and prepare that animal for adoption into a permanent home. Each foster family creates one new space at the shelter to take in an additional dog or cat. To become a foster parent, please fill out the Foster Program Application.

Could I be a foster parent?

Any adult with spare time and space may foster animals for NHS. Many foster parents are:

  • Retired senior citizens
  • Families learning about what type of animal they would like to adopt
  • People who travel and cannot provide full-time care for a pet
  • Animal lovers with extra love to give!

As with all NHS volunteer opportunities, students 16 years and older may receive service hours for foster care. Students under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian’s permission.

What types of animals need foster care?

  • Underage kittens and puppies
  • Nursing cats and dogs
  • Ill or injured animals that may need regular medication or medical attention

What pet care supplies will I need?

NHS provides all items needed to care for your foster pet, including food, litter boxes with litter, leashes and collars, bedding, newspaper, food bowls, prescribed medication and all follow-up care.

What is my responsibility?

We request that you follow all guidelines on feeding and medication your foster pet as given to you by NHS staff. Alert us about any medical or behavioral changes in your foster pet, and keep your scheduled appointments.

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 that your foster pet’s checkup fit into your schedule.

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

This is a happy problem to have! Remember that some foster animals have been available for adoption and may already have a family waiting for them. If this is not the case, NHS would love for your foster pet to find its furever home with you.

How do I get started?

Fill out our online Foster Program Application, link below. A staff
member will contact you regarding the next steps! Thank you in advance
for your interest in fostering with the Nassau Humane Society. Email [email protected] with any questions.

 Online Foster Application