Help save homeless animals by opening your home and heart to a furry in need until we can find them their furever home. Dogs and cats are the most common animals needing foster homes, but we sometimes have need for fostering rabbits, birds and even farm animals.

What is the Foster Care Program?

The NHAS Foster Care Program places animals with a temporary foster care family, providing the animal additional care and attention while awaiting adoption.

What does a foster parent do?

Foster families provide the loving attention required until we can place these animals into permanent homes. Volunteers take in dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. These generous people provide an invaluable service to homeless animals.

What does the Foster Care Program benefit?

The animals: Foster care for shelter animals has a direct impact on the number of animals saved each year. These animals start out with a stronger training background and are better adjusted socially, helping them become the best possible pet.

The foster parents: Although foster care can be difficult, it is an incredibly rewarding experience for both the volunteer and the fostered animal. When the foster animal is adopted, you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you helped an animal find a loving home.

The basic responsibilities you would be expected to fulfill as a NHAS foster care volunteer are:

  • Provide food, water, socialization, training, exercise, and administer medication to foster animals
  • Provide a secure home for the animal
  • Ensure that all household animals are healthy and current on vaccinations
  • Observe foster animals and report any problems or questions to NHAS; veterinary care cannot be sought without approval from NHAS
  • Return all animals to NHAS as scheduled or requested
  • Make a commitment to the Foster Care Program and the animals it helps

To become a foster, you must first:

  • Fill out a foster care application and have it approved by NHAS
  • Pay a $25 Illinois Department of Agriculture foster home licensing fee through NHAS
  • Have landlord approval if necessary
  • Host an annual home visit completed by NHAS staff
  • Have adequate space, time, and energy to care for foster animals
  • Be willing to bring the fostered animal to the shelter to visit with potential adopter (by appointment)