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Top Reasons to Become a Foster Parent
- It's fun and rewarding to give a temporary home to animals in need!
- You may want to help KHS, but can't make it into the shelter consistently.
- You can help an animal recover from illness or injury in a quiet home environment.
- You can help an animal get adapted to a home life, build self esteem, and increase the chance of successful adoption.
- It gives you a pet fix without long term commitment.
- You get to evaluate the animal's health and behavior, so the potential adopter has more information about the pet, thus making a better match.
- It's rewarding to see animals' love and trust again, due to your nurturing and training.
- The animal gets a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of the shelter.
- Fostering provides much needed socialization for young animals.
- You can observe the difference a non-shelter environment makes.
- Foster One, Save One: When animals are placed in foster care, more shelter space opens up for us to rescue more animals.
How To Become A Foster Parent
KHS is expanding our foster care program and is in need of foster volunteers! By taking a foster animal into your home on a temporary basis, the animal is given the opportunity to adjust to a home environment, given additional time to find a permanent home, and more room is available at the shelter for another in need. Foster parents must be 18 years of age or older, or 16/17 years of age with written approval from a parent or legal guardian.
Becoming a foster parent is easy! The length of fostering can vary from a few days to a few months depending on the amount of care and behavior modification needed. The devotion and care during this time allows the animal a second chance for adoption to a loving home.
Animals in need of foster care are: mothers with puppies or kittens, orphaned puppies or kittens, medically recovering animals, animals in need of behavioral work, or animals who are stressed out in a kennel.
If youare interested in becoming part of the Kitsap Humane Society Foster Care Program, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Fill out an application to become part of the Foster Care Program and bring it to KHS.
*Foster Care Application*
Parent Permission Letter (for 16 & 17 year olds)
Step 2: Foster candidates will be contacted by E-MAIL to set up a time to come into the shelter for an interview with the Foster Care Coordinator. Please note that it may take up to two weeks to receive this e-mail, and be sure to check your spam folder. Please review the manual and powerpoint training (below) as we will be going over policies and procedures.
We strongly recommend attending a volunteer orientation or any of the foster program trainings or meet-ups in order to gain more information and meet other volunteers.
Step 3: Begin getting e-mails about animals in need of a foster home. Start fostering!
If you have any questions, please e-mail the Foster Care Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact by phone at (360) 692-6977, ext. 1207.
Download Foster Care Program Training (Powerpoint)