The Fox Valley Humane Association’s Foster Program is a wonderful group of volunteers that help care for our shelter animals in their own homes. By placing animals in foster homes, we can help expand the numbers of animals we are able to help and give animals that are not thriving in the shelter setting a temporary home away from the shelter until a new permanent one can be found. Fostering gives pets a warm and loving place to heal, grow and flourish through normal activity, training and care.
As a foster parent, your role is to welcome pets into your home. We provide food, supplies, ongoing medication care and more.
There is an incredible need for foster homes for dogs in the Fox Valley area, especially dogs who don’t do well in a shelter environment or need one-on-one training. The love and individualized care a dog gets from a foster home environment greatly increase their adoptability. Our goal is to be able to recruit, train and support foster families for FVHA’s dogs in need of individualized care. In order to become a foster, we will do a background check and a home check to assure your home is suitable for a foster dog.
Step 1: Complete the application below.
Step 2: Set up a training session with a foster care coordinator
The FVHA foster care program is crucial for rehabilitating and caring for animals that are not yet ready for adoption. During their time with you, the animals will be prepared for their permanent placement when they come back to the shelter.
Fostering kittens is generally a 2-10 weeks commitment depending on their age when they first arrive in your foster home. You can plan on spending up to 8 hours a day on your fosters; the younger they are, the more attention they will need. Foster parents need to be patient and be able to provide and stable constant routine for their foster “children” as they work through their various needs.
Foster families provide a warm and caring home for our animals while they grow and become more confident. Being a foster can be one of the most difficult but rewarding volunteer experiences, and we are always here to share those with you.
Step 1: Complete an online foster application below.
Step 2: Meet with the foster care coordinator.