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.
If you would like to become a treasured member of our foster care team, please read the foster care handbook (linked to the right) and then apply by filling out the form below.
Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will become a foster in our program. Our volunteer coordinator, Stephanie, will reach out to you after submitting to go over the process and any additional steps.
If you have questions about being a foster parent, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TYPES OF FOSTER OPPORTUNITIES:
NEONATAL AND PEDIATRIC:
Our most common foster opportunity is caring for neonatal and pediatric puppies and kittens. Neonatal is considered before the babies are weened from the mother. If we do not have the mother for whatever reason, these neonatal babies will need round-the-clock attention to provide adequate feedings. Pediatric puppies and kitties have usually been weened from the mother but are not yet old enough to be spayed/neutered and therefore cannot yet be adopted. These babies are still a lot of work but can also provide a great learning experience for animal lovers of all ages.
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 will stay in foster care until they are about 8 weeks old (or when they are ready to be spayed/neutered).
MEDICAL OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:
These are Foster Families that care for animals needing medical rehabilitation or 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. We also sometimes have animals that are not doing well in the shelter environment and their mental and emotional health begins to suffer. We may seek fosters for these animals on a temporary basis as well.
HOME FOR THE PAWLIDAYS:
This is our holiday foster program where we seek to find a foster for every animal in our shelter over Thanksgiving and Christmas. As with our regular foster program, you will receive everything you need to care for the animal you take home. This program is typically only 3-5 days over each holiday. By participating in this program, you not only get to give a great experience to a pet, but also help us learn about their behavior in a home environment and give our hardworking staff a little bit of a break to spend time with their families. (Remember: even though we are closed to the public on Thanksgiving and Christmas, our staff is still here caring for the animals!)
Bucket list animals are ones which are either very old or terminally ill. These pets likely don't have very long to live which is why we ask fosters to take them in and allow them to spend their last days in comfort with a family. Luckily, these cases are rare at GCHS since we are able to get so many of our animals adopted before this point. However, it does still happen.
What are the age requirements?
All fosters must be at least 18 years of age.
Are supplies provided?
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!
Visit our FAQ page for more information on volunteering. Or email our Volunteer Coordinator at
Filling out this form is your first step