Become a Foster Volunteer

Help shelter animals grow and learn in the comfort of a home setting. 


Foster homes are urgently needed during kitten season (typically late spring to early fall), and also throughout the year. Fostering is a wonderful and rewarding experience. Your help also frees up precious shelter space and provides animals with a quieter home environment. We will provide training, support, food and medical assistance. To foster an animal, you need to have a room where the animal can remain separated from any other animals in the home.

Foster care responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):

  • Provide at least one hour a day for socialization and play
  • Provide a loving, caring environment
  • Bring in fosters for biweekly medical check-ups


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a safe, secluded area away from children and other pets
  • Possess basic cat or dog handling skills

How to Become A Foster:

  • Attend a volunteer orientation >>
  • Complete online foster training
  • Meet with the foster team to begin your fostering journey


  • We try to place all kittens in foster homes until they are 8 weeks old and ready for adoption. Some kittens only need a few days of help, some a few weeks.
  • To speed their recovery, sick cats may need fostering while they are being treated.
  • Small animals sometimes need fostering until they are old enough for adoption. This varies by species.
  • Dog fostering is on an as-needed basis. Most dogs in need of fostering are looking for respite from shelter life, working on behavior modification, or learning how to be a pet. Often, these dogs are larger breeds and may not be compatible with children or pets. 

Still Have Questions?

Email our Foster Team at fosters@mohawkhumane.org