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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~ M. Gandhi

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The LHS often have animals in need of extra care and attention, such as orphaned animals, newborn litters of puppies or kittens, animals recovering from illness or injuries, and animals in need of home exposure to ensure adoption success.  Volunteer foster parents provide temporary care for animals in the volunteer’s home.  This includes feeding, dog trainer available by phone!socializing, medicating (if necessary), grooming and trainingfoster animals.  Foster parents provide the love, patience and dedication their foster animals need. 
What does a foster parent get back? More than you can imagine...

We have a dog trainer that will provide free phone consults for anyone needing advice. How great is that?

Animals you are interested in fostering:

If you rent, we will need to verify your landlord’s pet policy.  Please provide your landlord’s name and phone number:

How many people live in your home? 

Who will be responsible for the care of the animal?

Do all home members agree to fostering an animal?

Why do you want to foster an animal?

How many hours per day will your foster animals be without adult care?

Where will the animal be confined during your absence?

Do you have a fenced in yard? 
If yes, type & size of fence:

Are you capable of giving medication to a foster animal if necessary?

Are you able to keep any household pets separate from foster animals, if necessary?

If necessary, can you transport a sick or injured foster animal to a veterinarian?

Are you prepared to take the animal to a twenty-four hour veterinary clinic after business hours in the event of a medical emergency?

Do you understand that the animals in your care will be available for adoption through “Pet Finder,” LHS website, PetSmart Adoption Outings, and other media sources?

Are you willing to take your foster animal to Adoption Outings?

Are you willing to set up meeting times for potential adopters in your home?

How long are you able to foster an animal?

Have you or anyone in your household ever been convicted of any animal related misdemeanor or felony offense?

What other animals do you have at home?









Are all your animals up-to-date on all vaccinations, rabies shot, on flea/tick treatment, and on heartworm preventative?

Do you object to a LHS representative coming to your home to check on the animal while it is in your care?

Do you understand that the animals in your care will be available for adoption through “Pet Finder,” LHS website, Adoption Outings, and other media sources?


LHS provides regular vet checkups and keep all our animals up-to-date on all vaccinations, heartworm preventative, flea/tick treatment and any necessary medical attention.  We also do extensive temperament testing.  However, the LHS cannot guarantee the health or disposition of any foster animals.  We do not have past health records for these animals and there is some risk associated with taking in foster animals.  Family pets should be current on all shots.


Because of limited funds, the LHS cannot always provide food, toys and litter for all the foster animals, when we have donations or adequate monies we are more than happy to pass along the bounty to our foster families. However, all medical care and treatment is completely paid for by LHS, when using LHS participating vets (provided at time of approval). We can and do provide dog crates, puppy corrals, cat crates and carriers. We have other training aids such as a Thundershirt and a Bark collar.


Animals cannot be transferred to the custody of any other person without the prior consent and permission of the LHS.


Foster parents can adopt a foster animal if you choose to do so, although we encourage you not to adopt if that means that we lose you as a foster home. You can save one dog/cat or you can save many, many, many dogs and kitties. Foster parents are always encouraged to find prospective owners for their foster animals. However, all prospective adopters must submit an adoption application form and go through our SOP for adoption approval.


All the animals that you foster for the LHS must be returned to us should you not be able to continue to care for the animal.  Please be advised that there may be a brief waiting period to find another foster home (we have no facility and rely on our volunteer foster parents) or room made at our medical waystation. 

This portion will be provided to you for your signature when you receive your foster animal:

I have answered the questions above truthfully and completely.  I understand that if I am interested in adopting the animal that is in my care, I will still go through the adoption process.  I will provide for the animals in my care to the best of my abilities.  If the foster home arrangement does not work out, I will arrange to return the animal(s) to the Louisa Humane Society.


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Download Foster Application here (88k PDF)