Become a Foster Family

Humane Society of Catawba County is looking for people interested in fostering homeless animals. Fostering is often necessary when animals need a little more time and TLC prior to adoption; for example, mothers with nursing litters, orphaned litters, and shy animals that need extra socializing.  HSCC also has a growing need for short-term foster care, sometimes just a couple of weeks, for healthy dogs awaiting transport to another rescue. HSCC will provide everything you need; the foster family will only need to bring the animal to the shelter occasionally for medical check-ups or for their transport date. The time commitment and selected animal(s) are entirely based on what is convenient for the foster family If you are interested in opening up your home and heart by becoming an in-home hero contact HSCC for more information, 828-464-8878, Monday through Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm or email contact: Foster

Foster Program Volunteer Requirements

A foster program volunteer must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have current pets spayed/neutered
  • Have current pets up to date on vaccinations
  • Have appropriate facilities to house the animal
  • Complete an application and submit it to Humane Society of Catawba County
  • Be able to bring the foster animal to HSCC for scheduled appointments
  • Understand that all animals remain the property of Humane Society of Catawba County and must be returned for medical care and adoption
  • Attend an orientation or training session if necessary

Foster Program Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Provide a loving and nurturing environment for the foster animal
  • Feed, medicate and groom the foster animal as instructed by HSCC
  • Isolate owned animals from the foster animal for at least 10 days, unless specifically given permission from HSCC to do otherwise
  • Ensure the safety of the foster animal
  • Observe and report any changes in behavior, health or temperament to HSCC (828-464-8878)
  • Keep the foster animal under their care for the designated time period unless an agreement is made with HSCC
  • Understand that Humane Society of Catawba County retains ownership of the animal and that all potential adopters must go through Humane Society of Catawba County adoption procedures

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