Fostering a Pet



When you foster a pet through the Humane Society of Yuma, you save the life of a pet in need of a little extra TLC.

Foster care is administered by volunteers who open their homes to a shelter pet in order to provide temporary care. These pets need a greater amount of individualized care than the shelter staff can otherwise provide.

These pets include very young kittens and puppies either orphaned or with their nursing mother, pets who are recovering from surgery or a medical condition, and pets who need a little bit more socialization and/or training before going onto the adoption floor.

Fostering can be a rewarding experience but it also represents an extraordinary commitment of time and can be very emotionally taxing.

In order to foster a pet for the Humane Society of Yuma, you'll need to attend a general volunteer orientation class, as well as additional classes specific to being a foster parent.

If you believe you are up to the challenge, you can email Trentie Oliver at for more information.

Pet Fostering Applications:

Read Fostering FAQ.

Who can foster?

  • Must be over 18 years old.


How do I get started?

  • Submit a Volunteer application online or with Volunteer Coordinator. 
  • Attend Volunteer orientation.


Can I pick my foster animals? 

  • Normally no, but there can be exceptions.


What do I need? 

  • Place to keep foster animals away from owned pets if necessary.
  • Ability to properly care for, train and socialize foster animals
  • Fenced yard (dogs).
  • Financial ability to cover daily care cost (toys, liter, carriers etc.).
  • Ability to dedicate anywhere between ten days to three months to animal in your care.
  • Some basic animal knowledge.
  • Understanding of HSOY polices and ability to follow them.
  • Any owned animals must be spayed/ neutered and vaccines current (proof required).
  • Be able to properly care for and keep foster animals clean and healthy.
  • Ability to let fostered animals go to a forever home when the time comes.


What can I foster?

  • Very young puppies or kittens that need to be bottle fed every few hours.
  • Young puppies or kittens that are eating on their own but need TLC
  • Momma’s and nursing babies.
  • Sick animals of any age. 
  • Animals that have been at the shelter too long.
  • Animals waiting for a ride to rescue.
  • Animals currently waiting for court cases to settle
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