Become a Foster Parent

Open Your Heart and Home to Animals In Need

As a foster family, you will not only provide shelter, food and health care, you will help us learn about the pet's temperament, character and abilities before finding him or her a new home.

Animals in Need of Foster Homes:

•  Recovering injured or ill animals

•  Animals too young to be placed up for adoption

•  Adoptable kittens or cat needing to be isolated

•  Nursing mothers with puppies or kittens

•  Animals that need to be evaluated for adoptability while in a home situation

•  Animals that show a need for extra training or socialization

Qualifications for Foster Parents:

•  An environment that is safe, securely confined, comfortable and appropriate for the foster animal

•  Ability to care properly for the needs of a foster animal

•  Willingness to thoroughly review and accept guidelines of foster and adoption programs; foster care generally lasts six weeks for young animals

•  Accessibility to staff and prospective adoptive parents when necessary

•  No prior problems in providing care for other pets or animals in their possession

•  Willingness to bring the fostered animal(s) to the Adoption Center and/or portable adoption sites during weekend hours in an effort to find a permanent home

Our Foster Parents Are Asked To...

Give your foster animal lots of attention and affection. The animal may have lived a difficult life before coming to your home.

Learn as much as you can about pet care. Before you bring your foster animal home, learn as much as you can about caring for that particular type of animal. Read about feeding, grooming, and training. Read our guidelines carefully. Study warning signs that may indicate the animal needs veterinary attention.

Make your home pet friendly. Before you bring your foster animal home, make sure you "pet proof" your home. For example, remove poisonous plants and protect furnishings. Keep the animal's room warm and comfortable.

Keep foster animals away from your own pets, at least initially. A foster pet may come into your home harboring contagious diseases. Even though your pets are vaccinated against many diseases, it's a good idea to keep the foster animal away from your pets for at least a week as an added precaution.

Recognize your limits. Fostering requires a great deal of time and energy - both emotional and physical. Don't overextend yourself by fostering animals too frequently or you may burn yourself out.

Understand the requirements to become a foster parent.

  • Have the support of all individuals living in your home.

  • Have the consent of your landlord.

  • Have your own pets current on all their vaccinations.

  • Understand that all animals remain the property of the Woodford Humane Society.

Enjoy being a foster parent. Although fostering takes a great deal of time and commitment, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Emergency Care:

If you believe your foster animal(s) need(s) emergency care, please contact the Woodford Humane Society at (859) 873-5491. If the emergency is after 6 pm during the week or after 5 pm weekends, please contact VCA Woodford Animal Hospital at (859) 873-5181. VCA will suggest either an emergency visit or make an appointment for the next day. Approval for treatment will be obtained from management by the VCA staff. Any unapproved treatment will be at the foster family’s expense.


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