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Foster a Pet

Becoming a foster parent

Northshore Humane Society is always looking for people to open their hearts and their homes to our animals, if even for a short time. Companion animals require foster care for a variety of different reasons or just to make room for other rescues looking for a second chance and a permanent loving home.

Some animals require foster care for medical reasons or rehabilitation, while others need a temporary home due to restrictions caused by their age, whether it be too young or too old, and some just need to be placed with families in order to become socialized and ready for permanent placement.

Foster care is not for everyone; it can be as challenging as it is rewarding, which is why we require training and a veterinary reference check for your existing pets (proof of vaccinations from veterinarian), especially for those that foster sick animals. We want to make sure that your animals are not infected or that the foster animals are not further contaminated. Also, it is imperative that renters check with their landlords before taking in any animals for fostering.

About the Foster Program


Your goal is to help animals outside of the shelter environment who are underage, sick, or under-socialized so that they may become healthy, adoptable animals.


Northshore Humane Society provides you with all of the supplies needed to care for foster animals. This includes food, litter, and medical care.


You will take underage, sick, injured, or under-socialized animals to your home until they are old enough, well enough, or ready for adoption.


You must have the time and ability to work with your foster animal(s). Your own pets should be spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated. It is required to have a room or space in your home where the foster animals can be isolated from your own pets when necessary.


Varies depending on the animal. Average stay is two weeks but can vary.


These animals are full of heart and are sure to melt yours. If you have any questions or would like more information on fostering, please contact us at 985-892-7387 or by email at

To become an NHS foster parent, please fill out an online application HERE.