Foster volunteers play a vital role for the Edmonton Humane Society. These volunteers open their hearts and homes to animals who are not yet ready for adoption. Animals who require foster care may be too young for adoption, sick or injured, need specific behaviour therapy, or perhaps just a quiet place to lay their heads. Some pets are very stressed at the shelter and do much better in a home environment, allowing their true personalities to come out. The foster program also opens up space in the shelter, freeing kennels to house and care for even more animals.
Foster volunteers provide temporary care in their homes until the animals are ready for adoption. The length of stay in a foster home can vary anywhere from two weeks to two months. Over 1400 animals benefit from foster care each year; spending time in a loving home environment sets them up for success in their future adoptive homes.
The EHS provides all supplies and veterinary care; foster parents provide much needed TLC and basic care such as feeding, exercise, grooming, socialization, and occasional medication administration (full instructions provided).