Foster Volunteer Program


One of the most important programs at WCGHS is the Foster Volunteer Program. Foster Volunteers swoop in to save the day by opening their homes to animals when they are in need short, temporary or long-term care and attention.

WCGHS seeks foster families to assist with a very broad range of needs. Some areas of fostering are great for those just starting out; other areas require more in-depth training and experience.

Reasons for Foster Care:

  • Animals recovering from medical procedures, such as spay/neuter, dental, or other surgeries
  • Pregnant cats or dogs awaiting delivery
  • Kittens or puppies who are too young to be in the shelter environment
  • Animals who need special socializing or training
  • Animals who do not do well emotionally or behaviorally in a shelter setting
  • When the shelter is filled to capacity, yet there is an animal needing a safe place to stay until space in the shelter becomes available
  • Hospice or geriatric care
  • Temporary fosters for emergency situations, or just to give a long-term resident a break from the shelter

Who Can Foster?

  • Volunteers 18 years of age or older
  • Families that have at least one parent signed up as the Foster Volunteer. Parent must supervise children under 18 with the animal.
  • Foster Volunteers’ homes must meet certain criteria to be eligible for fostering an animal in their home.
  • Home inspections may be required, depending on the animal and the circumstances, i.e. home inspections are required for fostering kittens.
  • If you rent your residence, you must provide a letter from your landlord at time of application that gives permission to foster and states any limitations regarding type, size or breed of animal.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long do animals stay in foster care?

Animals can stay in foster care for as little as a day or two, to an extended period, depending on the needs of the animal in your care and the time commitment you are interested in making.

Can I still foster if I have pets of my own?

Yes, depending on the animal you are fostering. Some animals may need to be kept in separate rooms (pregnant animals, kittens/puppies).
Keep in mind that there is always the possibility of a health risk when exposing your pets to other animals in any setting. However, if your pets are in good health and current on vaccinations, the risk in minimal.

What expenses are involved in fostering an animal?

WCGHS covers all medical care for animals in foster homes, including vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries and medications. WCGHS can also provide food and litter, if needed. The Foster Volunteer provides housing, bedding, toys, exercise, socialization and lots of LOVE!

What are your greatest foster needs?

Kittens! During kitten season (Spring through Fall) pregnant cats or young feral kittens that need to be bottle fed, are often brought into the shelter. Fosters are needed to raise and socialize these kittens until they are old enough to be adopted or placed at the shelter.

Temporary medical care after surgical procedures and special needs pets.

I’ve never cared for kittens before, will you train me?

Yes! We can provide training on how to care for raising kittens, puppies and animals with special needs.

Become a Foster Volunteer:

  • If you are interested in fostering, please complete a WCGHS Foster Family Agreement
  • Completed forms can be emailed to adoptions@wcghs.org or dropped off at our shelter. 
  • Staff or a Foster Coordinator will contact you when a foster need arises. They will educate you on how to care for our animals and help ensure that you are able to offer the best environment.