Consider Fostering


Thank You for Considering Becoming a Foster

What exactly does fostering mean? It means bringing a homeless pet into your home, caring for them, providing them with affection and socialization, until a permanent family comes along to adopt the pet. Shelters rely on fosters to provide a change of environment for long term residents, those pets who may be having a hard time adjusting to a kennel atmosphere or those pets needing extra medical care such as pregnant pets or pets who recently had surgery.

Why Foster?

Fostering a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By temporarily bringing a pet into your home you are giving that pet some decompression time away from the stressful shelter environment and you are helping Shiawassee Humane Society learn more about that pet so he/she can end up in the best home possible.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?

That is up to you! It could be a long weekend, a couple of weeks or until the pet gets adopted. Your time commitment will be discussed up-front before you agree to foster a pet.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?
  • Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment for the animal.
  • Provide food, water, exercise and socialization as appropriate.
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems and provide any medications as directed. (Medicine provided by Buzz Rescue Group)
  • Provide feedback on the pet's personality/behavior in a home environment
  • Assist with transport to/from Shiawassee Humane Society for meet and greets

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