Foster Program

The Marin Humane Society's Foster Care Program is devoted to at-risk animals with adoption potential. The program's goal is to rehabilitate as many animals as the shelter can reasonably handle and make available for adoption. Being a foster parent is like being a grandparent ... all the enjoyment of playing with or raising animals without the lifetime commitment!

What is a foster parent?
A foster parent assists in the rehabilitation of an animal by providing temporary home care for an animal who is not yet ready for adoption due to illness, injury or age. Bringing a foster animal into your home is not something to take on lightly as it often requires a commitment of up to several weeks, but it can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. Fostering is not intended for those who are thinking about adopting an animal but want to try it out first. It is to assist the shelter in providing a temporary solution to serve a long-term goal.

How long is the foster commitment?
Fostering may last from one week to a month or more. The length of foster care depends on each animal's situation.

What types of foster situations are there?
Taking care of an animal recovering from orthopedic surgery, cats with upper respiratory problems, underage animals, moms feeding and raising pups or kittens, working with particular behavior issues, socialization of an under-socialized animal, temporary medical care, and temporary homes for small dogs brought in through our Pet Partnership Program.

small white kittenAre there any expenses for a foster parent?
NO! We furnish all of the supplies. YOU provide all the TLC!

What if my foster animal needs medical care?
If you feel that your foster pet needs veterinary care, call the Marin Humane Society immediately. Our veterinarian usually provides all medical care.

How do I become a foster parent?
If you are interested in our foster program, please first contact our Volunteer department. You will first be required to attend a volunteer orientation. For those who are willing to open up their homes and hearts, fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.


Marin Humane Society

171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
Phone 415.883.4621

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