We welcome new foster volunteers! Learn more about the program and fill out a foster application below.
Foster Care Program
Each year over 3,000 Kentucky Humane Society pets spend time in volunteer foster homes. You can help by opening up your heart and home – temporarily – to them.
Pets at the Kentucky Humane Society need YOU!
Typically pets who need temporary foster homes are too young to be spayed/neutered and adopted, pets who are recovering from illness, injury or surgery, or adult animals who need a break from the shelter for a short time until space on the adoption floor is available for them. We also have an Adoption Ambassador program that allows pets to remain in a foster home while they are available for adoption; this helps free up valuable space at the shelter and ensures that adoptable animals can relax in a foster home while they wait for their forever home.
KHS provides all necessary supplies including food, leash/collar, litter, preventives, crate, etc. All you need to do is provide a temporary home and love. Once you sign up and go through our online orientation, you’ll be added to our foster email list. Whenever animals are in need of foster, you’ll get an email and you can respond if you are interested in a particular pet. Foster assignments average two weeks, but can range from a few days to a few months depending on the animal. We are happy to work around your vacation schedule!
You’ll receive plenty of support while you foster. Our foster team is here to answer any questions you have. We also have a private Facebook group for foster parents where you can share photos of your foster pets and ask questions of other foster caregivers.
Most of our foster caregivers work full time and have other pets at home. Many families enjoy fostering, as the experience teaches children how to care for young or injured pets and how they can personally make a difference in an animal’s life.
If you haven’t fostered an animal before, give it a try! You’ll find it to be a rewarding experience, and you will have the assurance that you are helping KHS save more lives.