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Pet Foster Care

Caring Network

The quality care we provide to animals in our community extends beyond our shelter walls. Our network of foster parents 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.

Rewarding Experience

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

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 we can provide any supplies and support you need to get started.

The Process

Pick Up Your Foster

Once you are an established foster family, we will contact you based on your preferences when we have animals seeking foster homes. We'll 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 almost any lifestyle and schedule. You can foster a couple of times a year, or have foster animals all year round.

Find a Home

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.


Do I have to foster every time I’m called?

No. You choose your own availability based on your personal schedule.

What do I do if my foster pet is sick?

The THS vet staff is available 7 days a week to assist with any medical issues that may arise. An emergency contact number is provided to all fosters for holiday or after-hours emergency situations.

Can I pick what types of animals I want to foster?

Your foster care profile can be customized to restrict the types of animals that you want to foster. For example, someone with allergies to cats would only be contacted to foster dogs or puppies.


Can my whole family participate?

Absolutely! Foster homes and families come in all shapes and sizes. Singles, couples, seniors, and families are all welcome to fill out a foster care application.

Our volunteers tell us that the reward they receive from fostering animals in their home is immeasurable. You get the experience of knowing that once these animals are ready for adoption, you have provided the building blocks that are essential for their mental and physical health. Playing an active role in helping to create a bright future for our furry friends is what it’s all about.

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The Toledo Humane Society is completely dependent on the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors to fund our programs and services. Interested in hosting a third party event to benefit THS, make sure to contact us today!

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