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 Kleenex the cat
    Kleenex
    1 years female
  • Kleenex
    A680877
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, black Domestic Shorthair.

    1 years
    female
    small
    11.07.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends in the foster world! My name is Kleenex! I am in need of foster home because I have come down with an upper respiratory infection. Or a kitty cold. I will be on oral medication to feel better. I would also like to have a bigger litter box please as well. I also might have a polyp which will be rechecked when I return from foster. Do you think you might have some extra room for me for a couple more weeks?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck of symptoms and possible return appointment should be scheduled for: December 14th
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: up to date
    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

  • Image of Pastry Chef the cat
    Pastry Chef
    1 years female
  • Pastry Chef
    A681589
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, tortie Domestic Shorthair.

    1 years
    female
    medium
    11.14.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Pastry Chef. I am a delightful gal needing foster care because I have an upper respiratory infection. I will be on an oral medication to help me feel better. I am also somewhat shy and fearful and would benefit from some socialization. I might do best with older children. Do you think you have some room for me?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: December 12th.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: up to date
    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

  • Image of Regan Macneil the cat
    Regan Macneil
    6 months female
  • Regan Macneil
    A679768
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, white and gray Domestic Shorthair.

    6 months
    female
    small
    10.28.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Ragan Macneil and I am an awesome gal looking for a foster home because I have come down with an upper respiratory infection. I will be on an oral medication to make me feel better and enjoy the holidays. Do you think you have a little extra room around the tree for me?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: December 15th
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: up to date
    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

  • Image of Shadow the cat
    Shadow
    2 years female
  • Shadow
    A680403
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, black Domestic Shorthair.

    2 years
    female
    small
    11.21.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Shadow and I am in need of a foster home to go to for a while because I have an upper respiratory infection. I will be on oral medication to help me feel better. Do you think you have a little extra room for me for a few weeks?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: December 15th
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: up to date until November 14, 2022
    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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    Theodore
    10 months male
  • 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

  • Image of Amber And Topaz the cat
    Amber And Topaz
    4 months female
  • 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

  • Scrunchie
    A681587
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, tortie Domestic Shorthair.

    4 months
    female
    medium
    11.14.21
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Scrunchie and I am a pretty terrific little gal. But I am needing some foster care because I have come down with an upper respiratory infection. I will be on some oral medication to make me feel better. I am also a little underweight. So I just need some fattening up too. Do you think you have some room for me for a few weeks?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: December 12th
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: up to date
    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

  • 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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Our Foster Heroes Save Lives

Foster Heroes provide the gentle, consistent support our pets need to feel comfortable and get healthy. By providing a safe space, you are changing their lives and preparing them for a successful adoption.

Last year, our dedicated Foster Heroes opened their hearts and homes to 4,423 animals in need of special care. We couldn’t do the work we do without them.

The Arizona Humane Society is taking in new pets all the time, and we need your help to give them a second chance. Sign up today to be the hero for a pet who desperately needs one.

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