We invite you to become an important link in a caring chain of events that saves the lives of homeless pets. By opening your heart and home to a shelter pet, you are providing an additional vital resource that we are not able to duplicate in a shelter setting.


If you can foster for any length of time, from days to weeks to months, you are directly contributing to NEHS’s mission of ending the euthanasia of healthy, treatable and adoptable pets. Fostering saves lives and is an enormous help to us. NEHS provides all veterinary care, a starter pack of food, a crate for dogs and other supplies. We will discuss your foster needs in advance and answer any questions you may have.

Traditional Fostering

Many dogs in our care are happy, healthy, and ready to find their forever home. Space in the shelter is very limited and it is important that our animals find a foster home to make space for the animals entering our shelters daily. All they need from you is a comfy place to stay, a little love, and help finding their perfect match! In terms of commitment, the length of time an animal requires in a foster home is entirely based on the individual animal.


Animals can be fostered anywhere from two weeks, to a few months, and occasionally, a year or more. It is all based on the animal and your desired level of commitment. We do require foster parents to commit to at least one foster pet (or litter) per year. Foster parents are individuals too, and while one family may foster many litters of kittens in a year, another may take on a “fospice” dog for an undetermined amount of time, or take on a litter of bottle feeding kittens in our peak season. All your time spent caring for foster animals is valued more than we can say.



You help us save lives!

   Weekend Warrior

Our Weekend Warrior program allows you to take a dog out of the shelter for a weekend or even a day trip! This is a great opportunity for a dog to get some quality time away from the shelter.

Weekend Warrior is a great option for someone looking to help foster an animal with a shorter time commitment. The information that you learn about the animal, even within a few days, helps us better match the animal with potential adopters. Some dogs just benefit from getting out of the kennel for a “sleepover” or a weekend break. You can help make a difference in the life of a shelter animal — and have a lot of fun, too!

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or weekend warrior, please complete our foster application. Once your application has been received, our staff will email you to move forward as a new foster parent with the Humane Society.

APPLY TO FOSTER A DOG

Fill out the Foster a Dog Application

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APPLY TO FOSTER A CAT

Fill out the Foster a CAT Application

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