Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Become a hero and save a life by opening your heart and home to a foster pet.
When you become an AHS Foster Hero, you are giving a second chance to an animal who needs temporary respite from the shelter as they heal from injury or illness. Fostering is an amazing way to help us save animals and now we’re making it super easy for you to become a part of our foster volunteer team by joining us for an online or in-person foster orientation.
Have questions? We’re here to help! Please read through our Foster FAQs and if you still have questions and would like to give us a call, you may contact our Volunteer Services department at 602.997.7585, extension 1040.
We’d Love for You to Join Our Foster Hero Program
Here are the requirements for becoming an AHS foster:
- Must be at least 18 years or older.
- Must live in the Valley.
- Must be able to transport the foster pet to and from our Sunnyslope Campus.
- Must attend a foster orientation online or in-person.
- Felony convictions of any kind, or misdemeanors related to drugs, theft, or violence, preclude involvement in our volunteer program.
Becoming a Foster Hero has never been so easy and convenient!
Here’s How it Works:
- Attend an online or in-person foster orientation.
- Complete a foster application.
- Our foster team will help you find the perfect pet for you and your home.
- We’ll provide the supplies for your pet and you can bring the pet home.
- We’ll continue to provide support for you and your pet.
- Once the pet is ready to go up for adoption, you can either welcome the pet into your family permanently or we’ll find a new loving home for him/her.
Orphaned Kittens Need Your Help!
Every year, hundreds of orphaned newborn kittens come into the Arizona Humane Society. We depend on cat lovers, like you, to help these kittens who no longer have their mothers to care for them. As a Bottle Baby Foster Hero, you will have the flexibility to care for them in your own home while AHS provides all of the necessary food, medication (if needed), supplies and support for you to be a successful Foster Hero.
Being a Foster Hero is truly lifesaving and rewarding work that expands the walls of our nonprofit organization. If you are interested in fostering bottle baby kittens, you will first need to complete the general online orientation and then complete the Bottle Baby Online Training.
Most of Our Foster Cases are Medical Cases Like:
- Mothers and babies
- Orphaned babies
- Injuries like wounds and fractures
- Illness like respiratory or stomach parasite issues
We also place behavior cases; for instance, dogs or cats who are fearful in the shelter, known as kennel stress, or who need help developing good manners.
Owned-Animal Foster Programs
We are proud to offer foster programs for owned animals in need of care in special circumstances.
- Project SafeHouse is for the pets of domestic violence victims. This gives those who have experienced domestic violence a safe place to leave their pets while they perhaps stay in a shelter themselves and identify new, safe housing.
- Project Assist is for the pets of people who need to be hospitalized for a few weeks, with no one to care for their pets.
- Disaster Relief is for the pets of families who have been affected by fire or flood.
- Project Active Duty is for the pets of deployed members of the military. The Arizona Humane Society is partnering with PetSmart Charities to care for and protect the animals of those who are protecting us around the world through our Project Active Duty Program. Launched as a response to the September 11th attacks, AHS started Project Active Duty as a way to give back to the brave men and women serving our country. This program allows loving pet owners leaving for a tour of duty to entrust their pets with AHS, providing not only peace of mind during their deployment, but comfort knowing that when they return, their pet will be waiting for them. These are typically long-term cases, anywhere from several months to a year or more.
“I work all day. Don’t foster animals need someone to be with them all of the time?”
As a rule, no. Most of our foster volunteers work full-time jobs, and are able to leave their foster animals at home during the day, just as they do with their own pets.
“How long will my foster animal be with me in my home?”
The length of time differs according to the needs of each animal placed in foster care. It typically ranges from a few days to a month or more. When you pick up your foster animal, our foster staff will let you know the estimated length of care your foster animal will likely need.
“Where do I keep my foster animals?”
A room with at least one window is best, and soft bedding is a necessity, along with the requisite food and water, litter boxes, and toys. Foster animals must be kept separate from your own pets during the first two weeks of fostering. This will keep your own pets healthy and safe, by protecting them from possible contagious diseases. As an extra precaution, please ensure that your pets are current on their vaccinations.
“Can my foster animal play with my pets?”
As mentioned above, foster animals must be kept separate from your own animals during the first two weeks of fostering. If your foster assignment requires more than two weeks of time, you may introduce your foster animal to your own pets, unless there are other conditions that would make this practice unsafe. Our experienced staff is available to coach our foster volunteers on the unique circumstances that arise.
“Does the Arizona Humane Society provide foster volunteers with necessary materials?”
We provide you with all medicine and medical supplies that your foster will need. A list of emergency telephone numbers is also provided to you. Moreover, we receive donations of food, blankets, toys, and more throughout the year and are happy to provide these basic needs to foster volunteers upon request and availability, to help support the foster animal in your care.
“What do I do if my foster animal becomes sick, or, if already being treated for sickness or injury, seems to worsen in my care?”
The staff at our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ is responsible for the medical care of your foster animal; therefore, you must call our Second Chance staff right away if a problem arises. Also, many foster animals will have regular medical appointments at our hospital for continued medical treatment during their stay with you, and you are responsible for keeping those appointments.
“What happens after my foster animal is returned to AHS?”
Most foster animals are ready to be spayed or neutered and put up for adoption when they return from their foster parent’s home. As long as the animal is medically and behaviorally sound, he or she will be put up for adoption.
“Where do I go to pick up and return my foster animal?”
Both our Alternative Placement Department and our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital are located at our Sunnyslope Campus at 9226 N. 13th Avenue, Phoenix.
Sign Up for Foster Orientation
Our foster orientations will teach you all about the Arizona Humane Society, as well as the ins and outs of fostering for us. We offer an easy online foster orientation that you can complete at a time and place that is most convenient for you. The online orientation takes about an hour. We also offer several in-person orientations a month at our Sunnyslope Campus.
Please choose the orientation option that works best for you.