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Caring for those who need it most

Foster programs support animals of all ages - from tiny kittens and puppies to adult dogs and cats. Our foster volunteers open their hearts and their homes to take in some of our most vulnerable animals.

Which animals require foster care?

Underage kittens and puppies: The Humane Society receives kittens and puppies that are not yet old enough for spay/neuter and adoption. The Kitten Foster Program is our busiest foster program. Our kitten fosters care for more than 500 kittens each year, most of them coming to us during “kitten season” which spans from late spring to late autumn.

Under-socialized or nervous animals: Some animals struggle to feel comfortable in a shelter environment and need a little extra TLC in a quiet and relaxing home, or could benefit from a consistent daily routine set up through our canine behavior team. Fostering offers a unique opportunity to truly make a difference for an animal in need.

Animals recovering from illness or injury: Here at HSSW, we see animals from all walks of life. Some pets come to us in need of a little extra time before they’re ready to find their forever home. Some need to gain weight before they can have their spay/neuter surgery, or maybe they’ve come to us injured or ill and need to recover. 

Requirements for Foster Volunteers

Foster volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Foster volunteers must submit an online Foster Care Application.
Foster volunteers must attend a Foster Orientation session.

Our staff will work to match our foster needs with our available foster homes. Whether you work full time or spend most of your day at home, we will find a foster animal that will be a good match and which can benefit from your care.

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is here to ensure your success as a foster parent. We’ll offer you initial supplies, training, and any necessary medications for your foster animals. Help from our staff is just a phone call or email away and we also have dedicated Foster Volunteer Mentors that are available 24/7 for our kitten and puppy programs!

If you’re interested in joining one of our life-saving foster care programs, please submit an online Foster Care Application today! You’ll be contacted soon with more information and next steps.


To contact our Foster Care Specialist directly, please reach out to:

Michelle Reeves
Foster Care Specialist
360-213-2633
[email protected]