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Pet Fostering

Foster parents provide a temporary safe place for some of our more vulnerable cats and dogs to grow, rest, and heal, while giving us additional information about them and time to find them a permanent home.  Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for longer.  

Our Greatest Foster Needs Are: 

Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and focuses on matching you with an animal that fits your experience and home. By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter. CCHS is always looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons.  Animals that benefit the most out of fostering include: 


  • Cats and dogs that are not adjusting to shelter life. 

  • Cats and dogs recovering from injury or illness. 

  • Momma cats and dogs with litters.

  • Orphaned kitten and puppies. 

Most Common Reasons for
Foster Care:

The most common reason cats and dogs need to be foster are because they are too young to be spayed or neutered and adopted out into permanent homes. When kittens and puppies are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds, they can be spayed or neutered and made available for adoption.

Another reason is because momma cats and dogs are nursing a litter of kittens or puppies. Although the shelter is a safe environment, it is not the best for raising babies.

Sometimes we get animals that need to be treated for injuries or illnesses. As we said above, the shelter is a safe environment, it may not be best for animals that need to recover. 


If you are interested in fostering and giving the animals one on one attention, please complete the foster application form by clicking on the button below and submitting it to the shelter.  

What Does A Foster
Parent Provide?

When you become a foster parent, you provide a safe environment for the animal to feel like they are at home and feel loved. The Cowley County Humane Society will provide all the food, veterinary care and medicine for the foster animals. Plus, you will get plenty of support from CCHS staff as a foster parent volunteer 

Other Ways to Foster:

Interested in adopting but worried about finding the perfect match or having enough time for a new family member?  The Foster to Adopt program could be right for you!  Try the cat or dog of your choice in your home before committing to adoption! 


Maybe you have other restrictions that would prevent you becoming a foster, such as not enough time or resources.  The Foster Play Date is a great option for you!  Take them over the weekend, over your lunch hour, or for the afternoon!  Foster Play Dates help the animals get some much needed socialization and experience outside of the shelter and help you get your fur fix!


If you are already a foster and need help finding your pet a home but worried about leaving them at the shelter?  Sign up to foster and your pet can stay with you while using CCHS resources to find them a new home.  CCHS will provide the vetting, medical care and supplies, you have nothing to lose!!!

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