Foster - Arizona Humane Society

Foster

Help a Pet In Need

While we do everything we can to make our pets’ stay with us as comfortable as possible, nothing can compare to a loving home environment. When a pet needs extra recovery time or a family is facing a temporary crisis, we turn to our Foster Heroes. As a Foster Hero, you’ll be giving a second chance to a pet in need while allowing us more space to save another pet who needs our help.

Become a Foster Hero

  • Step 1

    Complete Your Application & Online Orientation

    You’ll learn everything you need to know to be a great Foster Hero.

  • Step 2

    View Our Pets

    We’re taking in new pets in need all the time. Explore our list of available foster pets to find the right fit for your home.

  • Step 3

    Foster!

    This is the part you’ve been waiting for. Take your foster pet home, and we’ll be there to support you every step of the way!

  • Step 4

    Your Pet Finds a Home

    Now it’s time to return them so they can embark on their next adventure!

Have Questions About Fostering?

Chances are, you’ll find the answer here. But if you still have questions, please contact us—we’ll be happy to help!

  • Am I Ready to Foster?
  • Before you begin your orientation and application, make sure you meet the following qualifications. 

    • 18 years or older
    • Must live in the Phoenix Valley Metropolitan Area
    • Must be able to keep foster pet separate from owned animals for 10–14 days; sick pets must be kept separate for the entire foster period
    • Owned pets must be spayed/neutered
    • Must live in a permanent address
    • Must be able to bring pets to our Sunnyslope Campus for all medical appointments
    • No felony convictions of any kind, or misdemeanors related to animal cruelty, drugs, theft, or violence
  • What Are Common Foster Cases?
  • Shelter Pets
    Most of our foster pets are medical cases such as: 

    • Illnesses like upper respiratory infections or kennel cough
    • Injuries like wounds or fractures
    • Orphaned babies (bottle babies)
    • Mothers and babies
    • Behavioral rehabilitation for pets who are fearful in shelter or need help developing good manners

    Owned Pets
    We are proud to offer our Project Active Duty foster program for military families with animals in need of care.

    • Project Active Duty is for the pets of deployed members of the military. Launched as a response to the September 11th terrorist 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.
  • Other Common Questions
    • “I work all day. Do foster pets need someone to be with them all of the time?” As a rule, no. Most of our Foster Heroes work full-time jobs, and are able to leave their foster pets at home during the day, just as they do with their own pets.
    • “How long will my foster pet be with me in my home?” The length of time differs according to the needs of each animal placed in foster care. It can vary from a few days to a month or more. Our foster matchmakers will help match you with the perfect pet for your lifestyle and availability. 
    • “Where do I keep my foster pets?” A room with at least one window is best, but our feline friends may prefer a smaller space such as a bathroom. Foster pets must be kept separate from your own pets during the first 10–14 days 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 pet play with my pets?” As mentioned above, foster pets must be kept separate from your own animals during the first 10–14 days of fostering. If your foster requires more than two weeks of care, you may introduce your foster pet to your own animals. Occasionally, foster pets may need additional separation time or confinement to a kennel. Our experienced staff is available to coach you on any unique circumstances that may arise.
    • “Does the Arizona Humane Society provide Foster Heroes with necessary supplies?” We provide you with all medication 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 Heroes upon request and availability, to help support the foster pet in your care.
    • “What do I do if my foster pet becomes sick, or, if already being treated for sickness or injury, seems to worsen in my care?” Foster pets are under the veterinary supervision of the Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™. Please do not seek outside veterinary care. All concerns should be escalated to our Foster Concierge so we can assess and provide proper care for the pet’s needs. You are responsible for keeping all medical appointments for your foster pet.
    • “What happens after my foster pet is returned to AHS?” As long as the pet is medically and behaviorally sound, he or she will be spayed or neutered and put up for adoption.
    • “Where do I go to pick up and return my foster pet?” The majority of our pets will be picked up from our Foster Department located at our Sunnyslope Campus, 9226 N. 13th Avenue, Phoenix. Occasionally, pets will need to be picked up from our South Mountain campus location or at one of our boarding partners.
    • “What happens if I want to adopt my foster pet or if I’ve found an adopter?” In most cases, you will have the first right to adopt. Simply let the Foster Concierge know before the pet is scheduled to return. Our Home-to-Home Heroes program encourages fosters to find adopters for their pets and handle the adoption process so the pet doesn’t have to spend additional time in the shelter.

Open Your Home to a Foster Pet

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  • Image of Eve the cat
    Eve
    1 months female
  • Eve
    A682344
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, tortie Domestic Mediumhair.

    1 months
    female
    small
    11.27.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic mediumhair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Eve and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from a kitty cold, also known as calici. I also have a pretty bad eye and depending on my response to the medication I may need to get it surgically removed. Can I come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck, vaccine and possible appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 11th.
    My Needs:
    • Calici is contagious to other pets. Keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please call my friends at AHS if I am having any trouble eating, drinking, or breathing.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Image of Beignet the dog
    Beignet
    3 years male
  • Beignet
    A681539
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, white and brown Beagle mix.

    3 years
    male
    medium
    11.13.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    beagle
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Beignet and I’m a pretty cool pup. I’m in need of care because I am a bit underweight. Can I come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 13th.
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for the first 10 days.
    • Monitor weight, eating, drinking, urination and defecation.
    • Follow feeding instructions provided by AHS.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Image of Bluebell the cat
    Bluebell
    2 months female
  • Bluebell
    A682097
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, gray and white Domestic Shorthair.

    2 months
    female
    small
    11.22.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Bluebell and I am a very sweet and playful kitty! I’m in need of care to recover from a bit of a kitty cold, also known as an upper respiratory infection. Can I come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 6th.
    My Needs:
    • Upper respiratory infections are contagious to other cats; keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and breathing okay.
    • Please do not give me dairy food items (ex. milk, cream cheese, etc), as it will counteract the medication.
    • If I’m congested, you can use of a humidifier / vaporizer and/or saline drops in the nose to help me feel better.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

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    Bethany
    1 months female
  • Bethany
    A682345
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, black Domestic Mediumhair.

    1 months
    female
    small
    11.28.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic mediumhair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Bethany and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from an upper respiratory infection. Can I come and hang out with you for a bit?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck, vaccine and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 19th.
    My Needs:
    • Upper respiratory infections are contagious to other cats; keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and breathing okay.
    • Please do not give me dairy food items (ex. milk, cream cheese, etc), as it will counteract the medication.
    • If I’m congested, you can use of a humidifier / vaporizer and/or saline drops in the nose to help me feel better.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

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    Carol
    2 months female
  • Carol
    A682273
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, tricolor Domestic Shorthair.

    2 months
    female
    small
    11.24.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Carol and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from an upper respiratory infection. Can I come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck, vaccine and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 11th.
    My Needs:
    • Upper respiratory infections are contagious to other cats; keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and breathing okay.
    • Please do not give me dairy food items (ex. milk, cream cheese, etc), as it will counteract the medication.
    • If I’m congested, you can use of a humidifier / vaporizer and/or saline drops in the nose to help me feel better.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

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    Gomez
    3 years male
  • Gomez
    A681835
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, black and white Domestic Shorthair.

    3 years
    male
    medium
    11.20.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Gomez and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from an upper respiratory infection. I have a history of being scared here so I will benefit from a foster hero that can go slow with me and let me warm up to my surroundings. Can I come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck, vaccine and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 12th.
    My Needs:
    • Upper respiratory infections are contagious to other cats; keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and breathing okay.
    • Please do not give me dairy food items (ex. milk, cream cheese, etc), as it will counteract the medication.
    • If I’m congested, you can use of a humidifier / vaporizer and/or saline drops in the nose to help me feel better.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Amber And Topaz
    A681585
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, black and white Domestic Shorthair.

    4 months
    female
    medium
    11.14.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! We are Amber and Topaz and we’re pretty cool! We’re in need of care to recover from an upper respiratory infection. Can we come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 12th.
    My Needs:
    • Upper respiratory infections are contagious to other cats; keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and breathing okay.
    • Please do not give me dairy food items (ex. milk, cream cheese, etc), as it will counteract the medication.
    • If I’m congested, you can use of a humidifier / vaporizer and/or saline drops in the nose to help me feel better.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Artemis
    A681438
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, gray tabby and white Domestic Shorthair.

    1 years
    male
    small
    11.12.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Artemis and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from an upper respiratory infection. I have a past of not using the litterbox. I have been using it just fine lately but will want you to report back if I am not using it. Can I come and hng out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 7th.
    My Needs:
    • Upper respiratory infections are contagious to other cats; keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and breathing okay.
    • Please do not give me dairy food items (ex. milk, cream cheese, etc), as it will counteract the medication.
    • If I’m congested, you can use of a humidifier / vaporizer and/or saline drops in the nose to help me feel better.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Dolly Madison
    A680870
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, orange tabby Domestic Longhair.

    2 years
    female
    small
    11.07.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic longhair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Dolly Madison and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from an upper respiratory infection. I’m a cool kitty but I’m shy in new situations, because of this I will need to go to a foster home with children over the age of 10. Can I come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 7th.
    My Needs:
    • Upper respiratory infections are contagious to other cats; keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and breathing okay.
    • Please do not give me dairy food items (ex. milk, cream cheese, etc), as it will counteract the medication.
    • If I’m congested, you can use of a humidifier / vaporizer and/or saline drops in the nose to help me feel better.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Cleopatra And Nefertiti
    A682193
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, white and gray Domestic Longhair.

    3 years
    female
    large
    11.23.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic longhair
    My Story:
    • Hello everyone. We are Cleopatra and Nefertiti and we are in need of a special foster home to recover from a fungal infection known as ringworm. This is similar to athletes foot. Do you have a place for us to stay until around January 28th? This date depends on when we receive two negative test results.
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 28th to recheck skin lesions/collect sample for DTM if resolved and every TWO weeks after that until I have two negative test results.
    • Please collect and drop off my DTM sample exactly 7 days following my in person recheck appointment. You will be provided a new collection kit during your scheduled appointments.
    • Ringworm appointments are only available between 3p and 5p.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of December 14th.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is January 28th!
    My Needs:
    • Ringworm is contagious to pets and people. Keep pet separate from other animals, children, and immunocompromised adults.
    • Treat with Douxo mousse twice weekly and oral antifungal daily until two consecutive negative test results have been attained.
    • Wear protective clothing, such as gloves and gown/long sleeve shirt when handling pet to prevent the spread of ringworm.
    • House in a room easily disinfected (smooth surfaces and no carpeting).
    • Regular cleaning and disinfection of the area, beddings, toys etc. is important to prevent reinfection.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    • Please read the foster ringworm handout provided for further care.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Magnolia
    A681558
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, black and brown Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd Dog.

    3 years
    female
    large
    11.14.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    belgian malinois / german shepherd
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Magnola and I’m in need of care to recover from a doggy cold, also known as kennel cough. Can I come and hang out with you for a couple of weeks?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 7th.
    My Needs:
    • Kennel cough is contagious to other dogs; keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and breathing okay.
    • If I’m congested, you can use a humidifier and/or saline drops in the nose to help me feel better.
    • Contact AHS if my cough is worsening or if it is keeping me up at night.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • Please do not give dairy, as it will counteract the medication.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Blazer
    A678052
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, tricolor Labrador Retriever mix.

    3 years
    male
    medium
    11.28.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    labrador retriever
    My Story:
    • Hello friends! My name is Blazer and I am a very handsome boy looking for a Foster Hero that can spend time with me as I recover from my femoral head and neck osteotomy (FHO). I will be on a few oral medications to keep me comfortable and I will also need to be on strict crate rest with periodic range-of-motion exercises 1-3 times throughout the day to help me heal properly. I can be a shy guy at first but I am super sweet and would do well with someone that can go slow with me and allow me to come out of my shell on my own terms. When I do come out of my shell, my goofy side comes out! Lastly, I will need to come see my friends at AHS around December 10th to have radiographs done to see how I am healing! Do you think you would have space in your heart and home to take in a cutie like me until around January 10th??
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to have radiographs done at AHS in 4 weeks until healed.
    • Radiograph appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7a and 8a, with a same day pickup between 4p and 5p.
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for around December 10th!
    • Depending on how I am healing, my anticipated return date from foster is January 10th!
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • My e-collar must stay on at all times for 10-14 days until my skin sutures/staples are removed.
    • Strict crate rest with some range-of-motion therapy as directed by AHS veterinarians.
    • I will need you to perform range-of-motion exercises 1-3 times a day with me.
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Gerald
    A682170
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, tan and black German Shepherd Dog mix.

    1 years
    male
    large
    11.23.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    german shepherd
    My Story:
    • Hi foster friends! My name is Gerald and I am a shy cutie pie looking for a foster to help me heal from a fracture, in which I am needing splints/casts in order to heal properly! I will need to have my splint/bandage changed at AHS every 7-9 days, the next appointment being on November 30th! My friends at AHS will need to do x-rays on me every 3 weeks to see my progress! I have a long road ahead of me but with a little love and a little patience, I will be on the road to recovery in no time! Would you have any room for me until around January 23rd??
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to have my splint/bandage changed at AHS every 7-9 days until healed; my first appointment should be scheduled for approximately November 30th.
    • I will need to have radiographs done at AHS every 3 weeks until healed; my first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 14th.
    • Radiograph and splint/bandage change appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7a and 8a, with a same day pickup between 4p and 5p.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of December 12th!
    • My anticipated return date from foster is January 23rd.
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for the first 10 days.
    • Strict crate rest 24 hours a day for the first 4 – 6 weeks, then a slow return to activity.
    • This is crucial to my healing!
    • When I need to go potty, I can be carried outside or walked out on a very short leash.
    • My doctors will let you know when I’m ready to start spending time outside my kennel.
    • I’ll need lots of toys and treats to keep me entertained and happy in my kennel.
    • Give ALL medications as directed. I may need a medication to help me keep calm in my kennel. Please do not hesitate to ask if I was not sent home one.
    • Please monitor my bandage / splint for foul smell, swelling, unraveling and ensure that it stays clean and dry.
    • If toes are left open, check toes for swelling daily; check top area of splint/bandage for signs of rubbing, swelling or infection.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Mcnugget
    A678925
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, tortie Domestic Shorthair.

    1 years
    female
    medium
    11.13.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hello to all! My name is McNugget and I am searching for a Foster Hero that can help train me to use the litter box correctly! My friends at AHS have been finding new ways to help me get used to going potty in the right places, however I would do so much better being able to spend some time with a foster! I would benefit if I could be the only pet in the home, and can get a few hours a day just to socialize and play with you! My friends on the behavior team would like to join me during my release to further explain my game plan! Could I stay with you until around December 9th??
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck will be a phone call 3 days after I go home with you.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is December 9th.My Needs
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Russell
    A681518
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, brown Rottweiler and German Shepherd Dog.

    7 years
    male
    large
    11.13.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    rottweiler / german shepherd
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Russell and I am in need of a foster home to recover from an amputation. I will be on some oral medication to help me be comfortable while I heal. On my first recheck I will be getting a dental and neutered. Then I will go back to my foster home for a bit to relax and get to find my furever home. Additionally, I do have a medical disclosure for Distemper Exposure, however I am not currently showing any symptoms, if you would like to know more about Distemper, my friends at AHS would be happy to inform you! Do you have room for me until the middle of December?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and vaccine appointment: December 1st This will be for removal of sutures/staples from amputation site, dental and neuter
    • My anticipated return date from foster: December 15th
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • I must keep my E-collar on for 10 – 14 days after surgery, at least until my skin sutures/staples are removed.
    • Please monitor my incision and call my friends at AHS if there is any opening, discharge, heat, excessive swelling or excessive redness.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Periwinkle
    A681726
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, white Poodle – Miniature.

    1 years
    male
    small
    11.16.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    poodle
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Periwinkle and I’m really cool! I’m in need of care to recover from a pelvic fracture. Additionally, I do have a medical disclosure for Distemper Exposure, however I am not currently showing any symptoms, if you would like to know more about Distemper, my friends at AHS would be happy to inform you! I will need care into the New Year. Can I come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to have radiographs done at AHS every 4 weeks until healed; my first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 15th.
    • Radiograph appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7a and 8a, with a same day pickup between 4p and 5p.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of December 7th.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is January 18th.
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • Strict crate rest 24 hours a day for the first 4 – 6 weeks, then a slow return to activity once cleared by a veterinarian.
    • My doctors will let you know when I’m ready to start spending time outside my kennel.
    • Crate rest can be hard for both of us, but it is absolutely necessary for my healing.
    • When I need to go potty, I can be carried outside or walked out on a very short leash.
    • I’ll need lots of enrichment to keep me entertained, my friends at AHS will give you some tips.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily. My medication helps keep me calm in my kennel, please don’t decide I don’t need them.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Theodore
    A663399
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, black Labrador Retriever.

    10 months
    male
    small
    10.17.21
    South Mountain Campus
    labrador retriever
    My Story:
    • Hello Foster Hero’s! My name is Theodore and I am a big 9 month old baby looking for a foster home where I can recover from a highly infectious illness called Distemper as well as Valley Fever, which is not contagious. I was only 3 months old when I first arrived to AHS, and I have been receiving treatment for about 6 months now. I have basically been raised by my friends here at AHS, but I am still so young and would love to have a home where I can learn how to be a normal puppy! My really good friends on the behavior team would like to speak with my new foster hero before I go home so they are aware of my personality and specific needs. I am improving by the day, so if you are experienced with caring for big pups that need training and patience, could you please take me home?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled on November 10th for distemper testing and every two weeks after that until I have two consecutive negative test results.
    • My anticipated return date from foster as of right now is around one to three months, but if you could take me in for even a portion of that time I would be so grateful!
    My Needs:
    • Distemper is highly contagious and deadly to dogs. There must not be other dogs in the foster home.
    • Distemper is highly contagious and deadly to ferrets. There must not be ferrets in the foster home.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and have good energy.
    • Contact AHS if my symptoms are worsening, or if new symptoms appear.
    • Contact AHS if any unusual muscle tics, jerking, or twitching are seen (often around legs, mouth, or eyes).
    • Give ALL medications as directed.
    • Please do not give dairy, as it will counteract the medication.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Greg
    A675281
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, black and white Border Collie mix.

    2 years
    male
    large
    11.05.21
    Sunnyslope Campus
    border collie
    My Story:
    • Hello foster friends! My name is Greg and I am needing a foster for the treatment of heartworm. This is a worm that lives in the heart and bloodstream that is spread by mosquitoes. Heartworm preventatives are administered to treat the early life stages of the worm, as well as injections to treat the adult heartworms. Strict activity restriction is essential after treatment as the adult heartworms die. Since pieces of the dying worms can dislodge and cause a life-threatening clot in the blood vessels with excitement or activity, it is absolutely essential that I be kept as quiet as possible and not allowed to exercise for two months following the last injection. If you are unable able to foster me for the full duration of the foster period, I would love even a few weeks away from the shelter with you. Additionally, I do have a medical disclosure for Distemper Exposure, however I am not currently showing any symptoms, if you would like to know more about Distemper, my friends at AHS would be happy to inform you!Further information on heartworms in dogs can be found at: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/veterinary-resources/american-heartworm-society-guidelines
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • Heartgard and Advantix due the 5th of every month–next would be December 5th
    • My first injection is due December 5th
    • My estimated return date is January 2022
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • Patient is on strict cage confinement and has strict exercise restrictions. Verify with DVM when able to change. It is absolutely essential that the dog be kept as quiet as possible and is not allowed to exercise.
    • Please monitor for any signs of abnormal breathing, decreased appetite or lethargy
    • While the pet is on prednisone (a steroid) this pet may develop increased drinking, increased urination, and a ravenous appetite. These are common side effects seen with steroid administration and will start to go away once the medication is tapered and discontinued.
    • Give ALL medications as directed;
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period
    Become a Foster Hero

    Contact us to foster a pet:
    foster@azhumane.org

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

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