Know the Reward of Saving Two Lives!
When you foster a homeless dog or cat, you are saving the lives of two animals–the one you care for and one who fills the newly opened space in our no-kill shelter. Some of our animals need to heal, mature or calm down a little before they can be adopted out. They may be too young, too sick, or not socialized enough. Some just do not adapt to shelter life or have been here for a long time and need to move to a home environment. Would you like to help them get back on their paws? Give a stressed, homeless animal a chance to decompress, remember what it’s like to be in a loving home, and brush up on its training so it can be adopted.
The Baltimore Humane Society is continuously looking for caring and devoted individuals to provide foster homes for animals in need. To increase these animals’ chances of adoption, they must be placed into foster care where they can receive the one-on-one attention that they need. Our need for foster homes is especially great during the spring/summer kitten season. Fostering a shelter animal is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but requires time and dedication. Although previous fostering experience is not required, the ideal foster parent will have basic knowledge of animal care and be committed to helping find their foster animals a safe and loving ‘forever’ home.
Here’s what our fosters have to say about our foster program:
“In the last 7 years, my daughter and I have fostered for 2 other rescues before finding BHS. We actually live in PA and I just love BHS and how they operate. Everyone there has been super to work with (not our previous experience elsewhere) and treat you just like an employee!” – Lisa Ogg
How to Foster
- Written and/or verbal approval of landlord (if you are renting)
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Complete a Foster Care Application, and attend an orientation session with Foster Coordinator, and Trainer.
- Provide your own transportation for routine veterinary appointments at our clinic (approx. every 2-3 weeks for booster shots for kittens/puppies)
- Ability to cover basic animal care expenses (food, litter, etc.) BHS is responsible for all medical expenses.
- Willingness to actively ‘market’ your foster animals and assist in finding them forever homes (by attending our adoption events, etc.)
- All pets in the foster home must be spayed/neutered unless medically cleared by a licensed Veterinarian.
- All pets must be up to date on age appropriate vaccines unless medically cleared by a licensed Veterinarian.