More about Fostering

Volunteer foster families help care for the animals at Humane Society of Hobart by providing temporary, in-home care to HSH animals. Fostering is a very rewarding opportunity because you get to prepare an animal for adoption.

When you foster, you agree to take a homeless dog into your home and give him or her love, care and attention, either for a predetermined period of time or until the animal is adopted.

Why do shelters need foster homes?

There are many reasons animals might need foster care. Some of the most common include:

  • A rescue group doesn’t have a physical shelter and depends on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable homes are found.
  • A puppy is too young to be adopted and needs a safe place to stay until he or she is old enough to go to a forever home.
  • A dog is recovering from surgery, illness or injury and needs a safe place to recuperate.
  • A dog is showing signs of stress such as pacing or hiding in the shelter.
  • A dog has not lived in a home before or has not had much contact with people and needs to be socialized.
  • The shelter is running out of room for adoptable dogs.


Why should I foster a dog?

Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you’re:

  • freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another dog.
  • giving your foster dog the time he needs to be ready for adoption.
  • helping the shelter or rescue learn more about the dog so he can end up in the best home possible.
  • socializing the dog to a home environment and possibly getting him used to being around other pets and different types of people.


I’m ready! How do I join?

Fill out a Foster Care Application Once complete, we will contact you the next steps.

Can I be a foster parent?

Yes! Any adult with spare time and space can foster animals for The Humane Society of Hobart.

What types of animals need foster care?

We are always seeking foster homes for:

  • Underage kittens and puppies
  • Nursing cats and dogs
  • Ill or injured animals that may need regular medication or medical attention
  • Senior dogs and cats.

What pet care supplies will I need?

Humane Society of Hobart provides veterinary care and all medication for foster pets during posted business hours. In addition, we strive to supply each foster parent with a two week supply of wet/dry food, non-clumping litter, etc. since all underage animals will need to return to the shelter for bi-weekly preventative care (vaccines, deworming, etc.). Please note that the distribution of supplies is subject to availability. HSH greatly appreciates the generosity of foster parents who purchase supplies for their foster pets, which helps us to save even more lives!

What is my responsibility?

We request that you follow all guidelines on feeding and medicating your foster pet as given to you by HSH staff. Alert us about any medical or behavioral changes in your foster pet, and keep your scheduled appointments.

How long can I foster an animal?

The length of foster care varies with the needs of the animal and your availability. Depending on those factors, we will determine which type of foster animal will work best for you. We will make every effort to ensure your foster pet’s checkups fit your schedule.

I want to help but I don’t know how to bottle feed. Do you provide training?

Our staff is here to guide you. You can always start with puppies or kittens who are eating on their own and work your way up to bottle feeding. There are also excellent resources online. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

What if I fall in love with my foster pet? Can I keep it?

Foster parents are welcome to adopt in most cases. Remember that some pets may already have a home lined up before you take them to foster care. Foster parents who adopt must complete all adoption paperwork and fees may be included.


Updated 3-05-2020, Caris@hshobart.org