Become a Pet Foster Parent

The efforts of the Toledo Humane Society to provide quality care for animals in our community extends beyond our shelter walls. Our network of foster parents care for and nurture puppies, kittens, adult dogs and cats, or other animals that are sick, injured, or need a little tender care before they are ready to be adopted.

Placements can range in length from just a few days to several weeks depending on the animals needs. While fostering can involve some challenging situations, the program is structured to make fostering an easy and rewarding experience.

Why Foster?

In addition to being a fun and rewarding experience, you also get the satisfaction of helping an animal in need while preparing them for adoption! Our network of foster volunteers allows us to provide specialized care to more animals in need while also opening space at the shelter for more homeless pets. You also receive the benefit of a wonderful companion without the long-term commitment! It’s also easy to get started, and THS can provide any supplies and support you need to get started! Not convinced yet? Keep reading!

How it works

Once you are an established foster family, we will contact you based on your preferences and availability when we have animals seeking foster homes. We will give you an estimate of how long you will foster pet, and their needs. We have opportunities available ranging from a few days to several months, and have foster animals that will fit into almost any lifestyle and schedule! You can foster a couple times a year, or have foster animals all year round.

If we have a foster pet that suits you, we schedule an appointment for pick up, and you’re on your way! You provide a temporary home for your foster animals and help them prepare for adoption, and they provide you with unlimited love and gratitude!

Foster families bring foster pets to the shelter for any scheduled recheck appointments, vaccinations, or surgeries, until they are ready to be adopted. Worried about bringing your animal back to the shelter? We encourage foster families to help find homes for their foster pets! After your foster pet has returned to the shelter or has been adopted, let us know when you are ready for another!

How to get started

Start by reading our Foster FAQ, and Foster Guidelines to answer any additional questions you may have about the program. Then, complete a Foster Application to get the process started!

Still have questions? Email our Foster Manager, Kristen McCann,  at

Fill out a Foster Parent Application today!

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