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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.