“Fostering isn’t a lifetime commitment. It’s a commitment to saving a life.”
Simply put, fostering is essential to rescue. There are many times when animals need to be in a home environment in order to thrive. Reasons for this vary but if you truly want to save lives, please consider being a foster parent to a homeless pet in need.
Some dogs and cats are nervous or shy or may have too much energy for kennel environment. Giving these animals foster care helps them prepare for their new lives. It gives them an opportunity to gain confidence or manners so they can find that perfect someone.
One of our biggest needs is for cats or kittens who have developed upper respiratory infections and need a quiet home to recover. The shelter can be a very stressful place for cats and having a loving foster home to recover helps these animals prepare for their forever homes.
Dogs sometimes require extra medical care too. Heartworm treatments, surgery or even an upper respiratory infection can set a dog back in a shelter. We place these pets in a safe, quiet home with foster parents who can help nurse them back to health.
Puppies and kittens are often brought to our shelter without their mothers while still too young or small for our adoption floor. We prefer that these precious babies grow up in a loving household with a foster family rather than the shelter.
We also occasionally need foster homes for mommies and babies.
How do I become a foster parent?
1. Fill out the online Foster Care Application/Waiver and Foster Parent Agreement and submit it to the Foster Coordinator.
2. After reviewing your application the Foster Coordinator will contact you to discuss the program further.
3. Take home your first foster animal!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I choose which animal I’m willing to foster?
Yes! You can specify what type of animal you are willing to foster, dog or cat, puppies or kittens, sick or injured. It’s your choice!
I have pets of my own, is that okay?
Yes, you can foster even if you have pets of your own. Foster animals should be isolated from your personal pets so that you do not risk spreading any possible illness. The Nassau Humane Society provides any medication needed for the foster animals; however we are not able to treat foster parents own animals if they become ill. Make sure your own pets are fully vaccinated.
What supplies do I need to foster an animal?
Nothing! The Nassau Humane Society will provide everything you need: food, bowls, towels, and whatever else your foster animal may need. All you have to do is open your home and your heart to that special animal in need.
What happens if my foster animal becomes ill?
The Nassau Humane Society will provide you with contact numbers of employees who are available for consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in case of an emergency.
How long will I foster an animal?
Every case is different. The time commitment will be discussed before the animal is placed in foster care. Any amount of time that you can volunteer is helping an animal and us.
If I spend time fostering an animal, will it find a home?
We understand the bond can be formed between you and your foster so we will do everything we can to make sure that it gets placed into a loving home. Foster parents are also encouraged to help find homes for the pet.
Can I adopt my foster animal?
Being a foster failure is not a failure at all! Often foster parents fall in love with their foster babies and wish to make them a permanent addition to their family. Foster parents interested in adopting must go through the normal adoption procedure.