About the program
The Gulf Coast Humane Society is limited on space, and because of this we are forced to turn away animals on a daily basis. YOU have the power to change that! When we have foster parents/ homes available that means we can say yes to more animals in need.
When you foster for GCHS, everything you need is provided for you at absolutely no cost to you. All we require from you is a safe and loving temporary home! Please read over the handbook to get a full overview of the program before filling out an application. Below is also a list of the types of foster parents we are most in need of.
If you would like to become a treasured member of our Foster Care team, fill out an application by clicking on the button below and emailing the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you have questions about being a foster parent, please email email@example.com!
Foster Families that foster animals that if not in foster care, would be housed in the GCHS Neonatal Nursery or would be if it is off season. This includes:
Puppies and kittens that need bottle feeding (must train as a nursery feeder first and require care every 2-4 hours)
Puppies and kittens that are too immature/underweight for adoptions (eating on their own and can be left alone for a regular work or school day)
Families: Mother with puppies or kittens or pregnant mother
Foster parents signed up for fostering these types of animals are considered "on call":
On Call = They will be called or texted when the corresponding animals are in GCHS care and ready to go to foster homes.
These foster families only foster animals until they are ready for adoption and are returned to GCHS to be housed on the adoption floor once that is determined by staff.
These Foster Families that care for
animals needing medical rehabilitation
animals needing medical treatments for temporary illnesses or conditions.
These foster families are short term.
Types of illness or medical rehabilitation can include recovery from surgery, ringworm treatment, and mange treatment.
Moms with Babies
We often get pregnant cats/ dogs, and would love for them to be able to go to a quiet, loving temporary home in which the mama can raise her babies. The length of time these little families will need to be cared for depends on the age of the babies. The puppies/ kittens will need to stay with their mother until they are old enough to be weened (about 6 weeks old), at which point the mother is able to come back to GCHS.
Once the puppies are weened, they may be able to come back to GCHS until they are 8 weeks old and can be spayed/ neutered and placed into adoption. However, we may want them to stay in a foster home until that point.
Youth Foster Program
Youth Foster Parents are foster parents of the age 12 years or older. Their parent/guardian and family needs to agree to all foster program protocols, procedures, and commitments BUT the youth will be the primary care giver and point of contact for all foster inquires. The following requirements apply
They must be at least 12 years old (16 years old for puppies and kittens under 5 weeks of age)
Parent/guardian approved as a foster parent, who is willing to oversee and help the youth care for the foster pets when needed.
Youth and parent/guardian must go through training for certain types of fosters including medical cases or young puppies or kittens.
Volunteer hours are offered for Youth Foster Parents: Puppies and Kittens 0-5 weeks old 25 hours a week; Puppies or kittens 6-8 weeks old 20 hours a week; Hospice 20-25 hours a week; Short Term 10 hours a week.
To begin, Parent/Guardian must apply to become a foster family and include the youths information (name, phone number) AND that they will be participating in the Youth Foster Program.