"Larimer Humane Society's mission is to promote and provide the humane care and treatment of animals."

Volunteer Foster Care

Foster Care

About our Foster Care Program

Each year, Larimer Humane Society receives hundreds of animals that need time to grow, time to recover from sickness or illness, or need socialization and behavioral training in order to be placed up for adoption. Fortunately, foster care volunteers are available to provide the love and nurturing these animals need to become healthy, adoptable pets. Volunteers save the lives of these special-needs animals and help alleviate over-crowding at the animal shelter.

Larimer Humane Society foster care volunteers provide an invaluable service that allows Larimer Humane Society to save hundreds of lives each year and we are always welcoming new volunteers to our program! If you're interested in becoming a foster volunteer, read the Frequently Asked Questions about the program below and attend a volunteer orientation to begin the process.

Because our foster care volunteers need to focus their volunteer time on the many homeless animals in our care, Larimer Humane Society does not foster owned animals. If you are no longer able to care for your pet and would like to surrender him/her to us, please give us a call at 970-226-3647 ext. 0.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can be a foster care volunteer?
  • How do I become a foster volunteer?
  • Do I need to provide any supplies?
  • Do I need special skills or training to become a foster care volunteer?
  • What types of animals need foster care?
  • How long will I be fostering an animal, and what type of care is involved?

Who Can Be a Foster Care Volunteer?

Our foster care volunteers come from all walks of life! No experience is necessary; we will train you! This program is perfect for families, college students seeking hands-on animal experience, busy professionals who can’t commit to pet guardianship, and senior citizens looking to put their experience to work. Foster volunteers must be willing and able to drive foster animals to the shelter at least weekly for regular health and behavior checkups.

 

How Do I Become a Foster Care Volunteer?

Anyone interested in becoming a foster care volunteer for Larimer Humane Society must attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations and the subsequent volunteer animal training (VAT) and foster care training classes. For more information on our volunteer orientation, and the dates of our upcoming volunteer orientations, please visit our volunteer information page.

 

Do I Need to Provide Any Supplies?

Larimer Humane Society will provide you with food, leashes, litterboxes, etc.; however, we do appreciate it if you are able to provide some supplies such as litter, leashes, and toys. All items you purchase for foster animals are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We do ask that you provide a spare bedroom or bathroom for your foster animal to live in and that you plan to keep your owned animals separated from foster animals for at least weeks. The shelter provides all veterinary care for foster animals.

 

Do I Need Special Skills or Training to Become a Foster Care Volunteer?

Our program is designed to suit your experience and interest levels. Some animals require medications and veterinary treatment and some just need a warm place to stay. We’ll work with you and your comfort level, provide you with necessary training, and we’re always available to answer your questions. All new foster volunteers start with fairly low-maintenance foster animals and work their way up to the more time-intensive foster experiences, if they wish.

 

What Types of Animals Need Foster Care?

Many of our foster animals are kittens with nursing queens, or weaned kittens and puppies that need a few weeks to grow strong before placement. We also often have homeless adult cats and dogs suffering from treatable illnesses such as Upper Respiratory Infection or Kennel Cough, or animals recovering from surgery. Larimer Humane Society foster volunteers also commonly help socialize and train behaviorally challenged pets until they become a candidate for adoption. On occasion, we are in need of foster homes who can care for undersocialized small mammals (rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.). Larimer Humane Society may also call upon foster volunteers to help reduce over-crowded conditions at the shelter.

 

How Long Will I be Fostering an Animal and What Type of Care is Involved?

The average stay for a foster animal is three weeks, but some foster animals can require up to 3 months to recovery from injury or illness. Some foster animals, like newborn kittens, require round-the-clock care. Puppies and kittens need structured socialization and basic manners training. Others, such as hamsters or birds, simply need daily attention. We’ll arrange a foster care time commitment around your lifestyle, work schedule and vacation plans; however, we ask that you commit to fostering at least two cases per year. The foster care department offers periodic educational seminars relating to many aspects of animal care including but not limited to cat enrichment, puppy raising, and rabbit care.

 

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