Become a Foster Parent

Your commitment will give animals a chance to prepare for their forever homes.

What's Involved

Foster parents take CA Humane animals into their own homes, providing basic care which includes daily exercise, food, grooming, positive reinforcement, and socialization as well as special care such as medication or training.

Cats, dogs and rabbits are in need of foster homes. Participants can choose which species of animals they would prefer to foster. All supplies and veterinary care is provided by the Central Alberta Humane Society. Foster time commitment varies from each individual case (from 1 week to 4 months in extenuating circumstances).

Fostering can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Yes you form attachments but knowing your care gave an animal a chance to prepare for their forever home is worth it.

What's Included

  • Food, Treats & feeding instructions. Food & Water Dishes
  • Crates and Kennels.
  • Blankets & bedding.
  • Litter box, litter and scoop (for all felines). Poop bags (for all canines).
  • Adequate supply and variety of toys.
  • Leash and Collar (for all canines). Collar (for all felines).
  • Identification tag.
  • Medication and medication administration instructions, if applicable.
  • All veterinary requirements will be managed by the Central Alberta Humane Society vet.

What Animals Need Fostering?

Emergency Boarding Animals

Animals admitted under the Emergency Boarding Program will be prioritized to be placed into foster care.

Orphaned Babies

Orphaned kittens and puppies will be placed into foster care until they are old enough for spay/neuter and ready for adoption. In order for an animal to be ready for adoption and/or spay/neuter, they must be a minimum of 8 weeks old and weigh a minimum of 1.0 KG.

Queen & Litter/Bitch & Litter

Mother animals and their babies that are too young to be adopted

Animals in Medical Recovery

Animals that are experiencing temporary health problems with a good chance for recovery are selected for fostering. Animals with a contagious disease or illness must be placed in a foster home without other pets. Foster parent will be provided with thorough guidelines on husbandry, feeding and medication administration. Examples of medical conditions that would require foster care include but are not limited to: Upper Respiratory Infections, poor body condition score (obese or under-weight), dermatitis, Eye or ear infections, post-operative care (spay/neuter, amputation, inoculation, etc.).

Animals with Behavioral Concerns

Animals that are considered adoptable but are not thriving within the stressful shelter environment.

Animals that have been in the shelter for an extended period of time or require respite from shelter life.

Animals that require socialization with people and other pets may also be placed with an experienced foster.

All foster homes providing care to animals with behavioral concerns will be provided with direct support & guidance from the Animal Care Manager and Foster Coordinator and indirectly from the Veterinary team. 

Want more info?

Contact via email or fill out the following query form and our Foster Coordinator will get back to you asap.