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Why is fostering important?

Foster parents open their homes and hearts to animals who need them now more than ever. These compassionate people play a vital role in the life of that animal and are a critical component to the success of the Wisconsin Humane Society’s mission as a whole. Foster parents provide a home environment for healing and growth that a shelter cannot duplicate. Simply put: foster parents save lives.

Why do companion animals need to be fostered?

  • Age/growth – Sometimes we have animals in our care who are simply too young or underweight to be placed up for adoption right away.
  • Behavior – These animals need help gaining confidence or learning certain manners to help prime them for a happy, long-lasting life in their new home.
  • Medical - Some animals may need to recover from an illness or injury before they’re able to be placed in a home.
  • Domestic Abuse - Animal abuse has a strong connection to domestic violence. Victims’ dogs and cats are often used by abusers as pawns to manipulate and control them. Our Safe Haven Foster Program helps a victim find safety while knowing that their beloved animal is being safely cared for in a temporary foster home.
  • Expansion of lifesaving capacity - Every animal in a foster home frees up space in our shelter for more animals, thus increasing our capacity to save lives!

How do I get started?

  • 1) Read through our foster requirements
  • 2) Fill out a foster application
  • 3) Wait for our volunteer manager to follow up with you

Click here to get started!

Volunteer Application

Fill out an application to become a volunteer today! 

Foster Parent Application

Click here to apply for the WHS Foster Program. 

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Each year we illuminate the shelter and grounds at the Wisconsin Humane Society with holiday lights in honor and in memory of special people and animals in our lives. Please help us kick off the season of giving with a gift to Hope’s Lights. Every $25 light makes a real difference in the life of an animal.

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