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Fostering is a vital part of helping animals find new, loving homes. LHS is very fortunate to have a network of foster families that helps animals in need of extra medical attending, recovery time from medical procedures, or just extra time to socialize and experience the wonder of receiving regular loving care.

If you are interested in joining our LHS foster family by becoming a foster family, thank you for your interest! Before filling out the foster application, it’s important to ask yourself a couple of questions: Does fostering fit into my household and my life?

The health and welfare of all family members, human and otherwise, must be considered before bringing a new animal into your home. LHS strives to ensure that the fostering experience is a positive one for everyone involved. Fostering requires a happy, healthy and stable home environment, with enough space to accommodate a temporary family member. For example, if one of your family members experiences animal allergies, excessive stress, or health issues, fostering may not be a good option at this time.

Being a foster parent also requires a large time commitment. While you may not interact with your foster animal every moment of the day, you will be responsible for the pet’s safety, comfort and general well-being. The amount of personal attention required varies by animal, but you can expect to spend anywhere from three to seven hours a day interacting with a foster pet (more if fostering puppies or kittens). Teaching the lessons animals need to become happy, thriving, lifelong members of another family is the essence of fostering, and this takes time and patience.
Saying Goodbye
Some foster animals may stay with their foster families for days, and some for weeks or months, before they are ready to return to the shelter, or be adopted into their new homes. During that time, it is easy to become attached to your foster animal. However, it is important to remember that fostering is temporary and the goal is always to see the animal join a permanent, loving home, which opens up a foster family for another animal in need.

​Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our foster program. If you are ready to take the next step in the rewarding experience of becoming a foster family, please complete the LHS Foster Volunteer Application. Completed documents can be mailed or faxed (920.684.5702) to LHS.

Thank you again for your interest in becoming a foster parent!

LHS Foster Volunteer Application