Open Your Heart and Home — Become a Foster!

Sometimes, the greatest gift you can give to a homeless pet is time, love, and a temporary place to call home.

If you’re looking for a rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of pets in need — and you have a little extra room in your home and love in your heart — consider becoming a foster parent!

Lawrence Humane Society foster parents provide temporary care to animals that are not yet ready for adoption because they are recovering from injury or illness, or are too young to be adopted.

Additionally, through our Adoption Ambassador foster program, adoptable animals are placed in homes with foster parents who serve as their advocates, and work to find their forever families. These fosters facilitate introductions with interested adopters and complete the adoption process on behalf of our organization!

Get Started

To get started, click the “Apply Now” button below to fill out a foster application for our regular foster program or our Adoption Ambassador programs. Once you’ve completed your application, our Foster Manager will be in touch to find your first placement!

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What to Expect

Animals in Need
Lawrence Humane Society foster parents provide life-saving and life-changing care to pets for a variety of reasons! When completing your foster application, you’ll choose the kinds of animals you’re interested in and are comfortable caring for in your home. Animals are recommended for our foster program for a variety of reasons, including:

  • TLC: pets that have suffered from an injury or illness benefit from a quiet, peaceful home in which to rest and recuperate
  • Underage Pets: pets that are not old enough to be adopted are placed in foster homes while they grow big and strong
  • Adoption Ambassadors: pets that are having difficulty adjusting to life in the shelter are placed in foster homes with our ambassador families, who not only provide care in a home environment, but help to find their foster dog or cat a new home via networking

Supplies, Care, and Assistance
The Lawrence Humane Society provides all of the supplies you need to care for your foster pet(s), including food, litter, medication, toys and enrichment items, and medical care. Foster parents are responsible for regularly scheduled foster care appointments (frequency varies based on the reason the animal is in foster care). Additionally, our staff is available to answer any questions you have while fostering.

Commitment
Depending on your foster pet’s needs, foster periods can last anywhere from two weeks to several months.

Still have questions? Contact our Foster Manager for more information!