Foster a Pet

**With the developing news regarding coronavirus COVID-19, we have a tremendous need for community fosters. As the virus spreads, the number of animals in shelters and rescues will continue to increase. At the same time, we anticipate decreased interest and ability to adopt a new pet. So if you’re able to foster a dog, cat, or rabbit for the next several weeks, you could help give animals a break from the shelter and make room for more animals who are in need. For more information about fostering, email foster@pasadenahumane.org.**

Fostering is a fun way to help homeless pets from the comfort of your own home! We provide the training, supplies, veterinary care and support. You provide a temporary home for your foster pet to flourish. And, together, we save the lives of pets in need. Sign up by emailing foster@pasadenahumane.org.

Foster Sleepover (New Opportunity!)

Help a homeless dog this holiday season by inviting them to sleepover at your house for two nights! You’ll give a homeless dog a break from the shelter, and get a fun sleepover buddy in return. It’s a win-win.

Please check back later for future training session dates.

Kittens

Every spring and summer, the shelter is flooded with hundreds of kittens under 8 weeks old. These tiny kittens need additional care in a foster home until they reach two pounds and are ready to come back for adoption. Kittens generally need around 2 to 8 weeks in a foster home, and we provide all the supplies and medical care.

Many of the kittens who go to foster homes are already eating solid food on their own. However, our greatest need is for foster parents who can care for bottle babies, as these most fragile kittens need round the clock feeding and care that we are unable to provide at the shelter. We also occasionally need homes for underage puppies and nursing moms with litters.

Dogs, Cats & Rabbits

You can make a difference in the life of a homeless pet by temporarily opening up your home to a dog, cat or rabbit. Fostering gives our longer-term residents a welcome break from the kennel and provides prospective adopters with helpful information about how that pet behaves in a home. We provide you with all the supplies you’ll need to care for your foster pet. Foster a pet for as little as a couple of days or as long as a few weeks.

Medical

We regularly need foster parents to help animals recover from injury or illness in a home environment. Our foster coordinator and medical team will work with you to ensure you are comfortable with the at-home care your foster pet needs. We will provide all the supplies and medical treatments for your foster pet. Recovery time varies on the needs of the individual animal.

Behavioral

The shelter environment can be a stressful place, and for some pets this means they develop behaviors that stand in the way of adoption. With the help of our training team, behavior foster parents provide a structured home environment to help pets thrive while they look for a new home.

Fospice

As an open admission shelter, we take in many animals who are close to the end of their life due to age and illness. Our fospice (foster + hospice) volunteers provide palliative care for these pets until they cross the rainbow bridge. We provide the medical care and supplies for these pets for the duration of their life.

Next Steps

For more information about fostering or to get started on your foster journey, email foster@pasadenahumane.org

Can’t foster, but still want to help out? Donate to our Amazon Wish List!