Fostering Saves Lives

Fostering animals for Suncoast Humane Society can be a rewarding experience: you get to do something incredible for your local shelter and for an animal who needs you. The joy you will experience by opening your home and inviting a new dog or cat in is immeasurable. There are many animals at Suncoast Humane Society right now who need loving and committed volunteers to foster them for a variety of reasons.

Suncoast Humane Society is searching for dedicated volunteers willing to help save animal lives by creating a foster alliance that will grow the current foster group substantially. If you have the desire to foster, and room in your home and heart, we will provide you with education, direction, food, and medical and behavioral assistance. Volunteer fosters support the foster program by:

  • Being committed to the overall mission of Suncoast Humane Society and the task of fostering an animal
  • Being readily available for fostering an animal on short notice
  • Being in communication with staff regularly throughout the duration of fostering the animal
  • Being knowledgeable and willing to learn about taking care of an animal with special needs
  • Being able to love and care for the animal, and able to let go when it is time

Suncoast Humane Society’s current foster program has been very successful. Fosters have performed above and beyond expectations, and they mean so much to the success of the mission of reducing the number of homeless animals in our community. It’s extremely useful for fosters to learn the animals’ personalities, emotional and physical needs, and any potential anxieties. This information provides crucial knowledge for both the potential adopters and for the adoption specialists in their efforts to find the best possible forever family and home for the animals.

Are you ready to be their HERO? 

Your application will be reviewed, and we will help to find an animal match based on your home environment. You will be contacted when a potential foster animal match is found. Thank you for your patience and the  desire to help animals get out of the shelter and into a loving home.

    Are you a permanent resident of Florida?
    Age Group (Minimum 18 years of age)
    Do you have pets in your household now?
    Have you ever cared for ... ?
    Do you have an area to confine your foster pets?
    Which of the following are you willing to foster?
    Type of Home
    Do you work?
    Do you have children?
    Are you willing to take animals back and forth to our shelter in your own vehicle?
    Do you understand that anyone interested in adopting your foster animals (including yourself) must go through the standard adoption process? (Of course, we welcome your referrals)
    Can you accept the fact that some animals may not survive or may have to be humanely euthanized if they become seriously ill or display ill temperament?
    I agree to allow Suncoast Humane Society to inspect my home to determine if I will be a good candidate for Foster Parenting.

    Please list two references and their phone numbers

    As a foster parent for the Suncoast Humane Society, I agree to abide by the Society’s policies and procedures. I understand that although SHS takes reasonable care to screen animals for foster care placement it makes no guarantee relating to the animals health, behavior or actions. I further agree foster pets must be returned to SHS upon request.