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
Handsome, smart and an excellent cuddler. Jetson would love a spot on your couch and probably your lap. Jetson’s been at the shelter on and off for most of his life. Each time he goes home, we hope it’s furever–but that hasn’t been the case yet.
Jetson could really benefit from the extra TLC a foster home would provide.
Cashmere might have resting grump face, but she can’t help it! In fact, she’s anything but grumpy. This laid back lady would love a spot on your couch. Once Cashmere warms up to you she becomes the biggest cuddle bug. Bonus points if you also love going on walks. Cashmere might seem nervous when you meet her in the shelter, but that’s just because she’s stressed out by all the new sounds, unfamiliar people starring her down in her kennel, and all the other dogs. Her biggest struggle here is getting the time she needs to warm up to potential adopters so they can see how sweet and loving she is.
Cashmere would do best as the only pet in a home. Don’t worry, she’ll fill your whole home with love!
Jim Bean cannot wait for the day his family takes him home, until then he would really love to crash on your couch and hang out with your family. What do you say?
Jim Bean is pretty stressed by the shelter. It’s loud, there are other dogs, and it’s really not Jim Bean’s scene. He’s more of a homebody and who loves to be the center of his family universe. He doesn’t enjoy the company of other animals at all, so we’re looking for a foster or forever family without other pets.
Jim Bean previously lived with children and his previous home said they adored him. He’s a smart guy who loves to play with tennis balls, ropes and squeaky toys. He is fur sure bff material.
Glitter would love a more relaxed environment that would help her come out of her shell. She’s getting used to the shelter environment, but it’s clear that she’s stressed by it.
Glitter loves head rubs and will even flop and purr while you pet her. She’s a pretty special lady once you get to know her. Can you give Glitter a chance?
How to Foster
- 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)
- BHS will cover basic animal care expenses (food, litter, etc.) BHS is also 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.