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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. Sometimes a pet needs extra recovery time or a family is facing a temporary crisis, so we turn to our Foster Heroes. When you foster a pet with Arizona Humane Society, you’ll be giving a second chance to a dog or cat 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 our 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 Mickey the cat
    Mickey
    9 weeks male
  • Mickey
    A718466
    My Story

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

    9 weeks
    male
    small
    12.03.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Friends! My name is Micky, and I’m looking for a foster home where I can recover from my upper respiratory infection. I am on oral and eye medication to help me feel better! People can make me afraid, and I’ll need a foster that can help socialize me! Do you have room for a cutie like me in your home?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 5th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is December 17nd
    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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    Oreo
    5 years male
  • Oreo
    A717230
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, black Domestic Shorthair.

    5 years
    male
    medium
    12.01.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Oreo and I am looking for a foster home because I have come down with an upper respiratory infection or a kitty cold. I will be on an oral medication to help me feel better. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a couple of weeks?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck, vaccine and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: December 15th
    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 Kate And The Kool Ones the cat
    Kate And The Kool Ones
    2 years female
  • Kate And The Kool Ones
    A716926
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, tortie Domestic Shorthair.

    2 years
    female
    small
    12.03.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Kate and these are my Cool Ones. We are looking to find a foster home because I am pregnant or nursing animals. I have five gorgeous babies. I have been treated for ear mites and will need a retreatment in a couple of weeks. We are also being treated for kitty colds and will be on eye and oral medication. Do you think you would be able to find some room for us for a little while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately: December 23rd
    • Our next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: December 23rd
    • My (Mom) anticipated return date from foster is: January 2nd
    • My babies anticipated return date from foster is: December 23rd
    My Needs:
    • Keep mom and babies separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Allow babies to nurse until 6 weeks old; you can then start to wean the babies onto gruel.
    • Medical staff will decide when the babies should be separated from mom.
    • Mom will be ready to be returned after she is separated from babies for 10 days and her milk dries up.
    • Babies will need to be fostered until 8 weeks old and of weight.
    • Babies will need their first vaccine at 6 weeks of age and every 2 to 3 weeks after that.
    • 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 Ruby the cat
    Ruby
    2 years female
  • Ruby
    A718540
    My Story

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

    2 years
    female
    medium
    11.22.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey foster friends! My name is Ruby, and I need a foster home for my dental procedure healing. I’m waiting to receive my dental procedure, and I need a place to stay to avoid a lengthy stay in the shelter. Could I come and hang out with you for a few weeks?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to be scheduled for a drop off dental procedure within 4 weeks of this pet going to foster, please see foster leadership for scheduling.
    • I will most likely need to return to foster for 3-5 extra days after my dental procedure.
    • Procedure appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm. If the pet needs additional post-operative care, the pickup may need to be scheduled for the next day.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of December 13th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is January 3rd
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for 14 days.
    • Monitor me to make sure I don’t have any bleeding or foul odor from my mouth and that I am eating and drinking normally.
    • I may be painful for the first 1-3 days after my surgery so please be careful around my mouth.
    • Please don’t give me any hard treats or toys after my dental.
    • I may need to eat wet food for a week.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • If I am constantly pawing my mouth, my dental extraction sites may not heal. Please ask the Foster Concierge if I should get an E-collar.
    • 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 Alexander the dog
    Alexander
    2 years male
  • Alexander
    A717228
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, brown Chihuahua – Smooth Coated.

    2 years
    male
    small
    11.10.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    chihuahua
    My Story:
    • Hey foster friends! My name is Alexander, and I’m looking for a foster home for my wound healing. I am on oral medication to help me feel better! I would love a foster family to stay while while I get better! Do you think I could hang out with you?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My neck suture removal and anticipated return appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 20th
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for the first 10 days.
    • Please monitor me to make sure there is no excessive pain, swelling, redness or discharge from my wound.
    • I won’t want to, but I’ll have to wear my e-collar to ensure proper healing.
    • Please make sure my wound stays clean but do not apply anything on it without consulting a veterinarian.
    • 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 Rein And Her Deers the dog
    Rein And Her Deers
    1 years female
  • Rein And Her Deers
    A719369
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, tan and red ticked Queensland Heeler mix.

    1 years
    female
    medium
    12.01.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    queensland heeler
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Friends! My name is Rein and these are my Deers. We would love a cozy place to stay while I raise my babies. I am a very sweet and friendly girl! I’m doing a great job nursing and caring for my pups. We need a foster home while I’m pregnant or nursing animals. I will need a couple of weeks in foster care after my babies return so I can finish lactating. Could you open your home to our beautiful family?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately January 14th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is February 11th
    • My babies anticipated return date from foster is January 28th
    My Needs:
    • Keep mom and babies separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Allow babies to nurse until 6 weeks old; you can then start to wean the babies onto gruel.
    • Medical staff will decide when the babies should be separated from mom.
    • Mom will be ready to be returned after she is separated from babies for 10 days and her milk dries up.
    • Babies will need to be fostered until 8 weeks old and of weight.
    • Babies will need their first vaccine at 6 weeks of age and every 2 to 3 weeks after that.
    • 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

  • Scrapple
    A716193
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, cream Domestic Longhair.

    2 years
    male
    large
    11.29.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic longhair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster freinds! My name is Scrapple and I am looking for a foster home for some wound healing. I have a wound in my face and on my feet. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a little while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment and anticipated return date from foster is: December 13th, 2022
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for the first 10 days.
    • Please monitor me to make sure there is no excessive pain, swelling, redness or discharge from my wound.
    • I won’t want to, but I’ll have to wear my e-collar to ensure proper healing.
    • Please make sure my wound stays clean but do not apply anything on it without consulting a veterinarian.
    • 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

  • Rocco
    A707614
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated.

    12 years
    male
    small
    12.02.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    chihuahua
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Friends! My name is Rocco, and I’m super cute! I need a fun place to stay while I wait to recieve my dental procedure and dental procedure healing. I would love a cozy home to stay in for the holiday! Do you think I could come and stay with you?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to be scheduled for a drop off dental procedure within 4 weeks of this pet going to foster, please see foster leadership for scheduling.
    • I will most likely need to return to foster for 3-5 extra days after my dental procedure.
    • Procedure appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm. If the pet needs additional post-operative care, the pickup may need to be scheduled for the next day.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is approzimately 4 weeks after my pickup.
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for 14 days.
    • Monitor me to make sure I don’t have any bleeding or foul odor from my mouth and that I am eating and drinking normally.
    • I may be painful for the first 1-3 days after my surgery so please be careful around my mouth.
    • Please don’t give me any hard treats or toys after my dental.
    • I may need to eat wet food for a week.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • If I am constantly pawing my mouth, my dental extraction sites may not heal. Please ask the Foster Concierge if I should get an E-collar.
    • 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

  • Athena
    A717083
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, cream and black Black Mouth Cur mix.

    2 years
    female
    large
    11.09.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    black mouth cur
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Friends, my name is Athena! I need a foster home while I recover from my kennel cough.I’m taking medication to help me feel better! I can be a bit nervous sometimes, so I’ll need an experienced foster please! I would love a place to play for the next few days. Could I come and hang out with you for a bit?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately december 9th
    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

  • Cosgrove
    A718691
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, fawn and white American Pit Bull Terrier.

    5 years
    male
    large
    11.25.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    american pit bull terrier
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Cosgrove and I am needing a foster home where I can wait for my turn to have my dental done here at AHS. After that is done I might need some more foster time for some dental procedure healing. I might do best with older children but would need to meet them before going home. I would also like to meet any dogs in the home as well just to make sure we make a good match. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a little while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to be scheduled for a drop off dental procedure within 4 weeks of this pet going to foster
    • I will most likely need to return to foster for 3-5 extra days after my dental procedure.
    • Procedure appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm. If the pet needs additional post-operative care, the pickup may need to be scheduled for the next day.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: December 9th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: January 6th
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for 14 days.
    • Monitor me to make sure I don’t have any bleeding or foul odor from my mouth and that I am eating and drinking normally.
    • I may be painful for the first 1-3 days after my surgery so please be careful around my mouth.
    • Please don’t give me any hard treats or toys after my dental.
    • I may need to eat wet food for a week.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • If I am constantly pawing my mouth, my dental extraction sites may not heal. Please ask the Foster Concierge if I should get an E-collar.
    • 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

  • Cassia
    A716407
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, tricolor Australian Shepherd and Chow Chow.

    2 years
    female
    large
    11.14.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    australian shepherd / chow chow
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Cassia and I am looking for a foster home because I am beiung treated for kennel cough. So I will be on some oral medications to help me feel better. I do need to be the only dog in the home. I can be fairly energetic and very people motivated & friendly. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: December 11th
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: up to date.
    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

  • Sergeant Manic
    A716101
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, black and white Pointer mix.

    2 years
    male
    large
    12.02.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    pointer
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Heroes! My name is Milo! I am looking for a foster home while I heal from my femoral head and neck osteotomy (FHO). I need a foster to encourage me to play and exercise during my recovery! I am taking medication to keep me comfortable. I am very friendly with people and active. I would do best with older children. I should also meet any dogs first before going home. Do you think you can help a sweet pup like me out with a place to heal?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My staple removal is due December 12th and 16th
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: Up to date
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: January 2nd
    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.
    • Ensure moderate activity until incision heals and sutures are removed.
    • Once the incision heals, there aren’t any restrictions on activity. Encourage active use of limb through slow long walks, swimming, and agility exercises.
    • 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

  • Deja
    A718925
    My Story

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

    1 years
    female
    small
    11.28.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Deja and I am needing foster to recover from a jaw fracture. While I heal I will not be able to have any hard treats or toys. I will be needing to eat gruel. Once I am healed I will need to have some dental extractions and then go back to my foster home for some dental recovery. Do you think I could come and hang pout with you for a while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • Recheck awake exam in 2 weeks to ensure pet is doing well with acrylic and lip avulsion repair.
    • December 15th
    • I will need to have radiographs done at AHS every 4 weeks until healed; my first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately December 27th with possible acrylic removal at this time along with dental extractions. I will need to go back to foster for healing from dental extractions.
    • Radiograph appointments are scheduled as drop-offs on 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 15th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: January 10th
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • I will need to be fed gruel and be monitored to make sure I am eating and drinking.
    • I will need to wear an E-collar to prevent pawing/scratching at my mouth.
    • I cannot have any hard treats or toys.
    • Make sure the acrylic is kept clean, is staying in place and doesn’t have a foul smell or discharge.
    • 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

  • Bitz And Kibbles
    A717541
    My Story

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

    6 months
    male
    small
    12.01.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there Foster Friends! We are Bitz and Kibbles and we are recovering from a kitty cold also know as an upper respiratory infection . We will ne on eye and oral medication to help us feel better. We would love to hang out with you for a few weeks! Do you have any room for us?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck, vaccine and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: December 16th
    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

  • James
    A718927
    My Story

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

    3 years
    male
    small
    11.28.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is James and I am looking for a foster home because I have come down with an upper respiratory infection. Or a kitty cold. I will be on eye and oral medication that will help me feel better. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a 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

  • Elfie
    A717161
    My Story

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

    3 years
    male
    large
    11.10.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    german shepherd
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Elfie! I am looking for a foster home while I wait for my turn to have a dental done. I will also need some further time in foster care afterwards for dental procedure healing. I am also being treated for a doggie cold and some wounds so I will be on oral medication. I do need to be the only dog in the foster home that I go to. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to be scheduled for a drop off dental procedure within 4 weeks of this pet going to foster
    • I will most likely need to return to foster for 3-5 extra days after my dental procedure.
    • Procedure appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm. If the pet needs additional post-operative care, the pickup may need to be scheduled for the next day.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: December 8th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: December 29th
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for 14 days.
    • Monitor me to make sure I don’t have any bleeding or foul odor from my mouth and that I am eating and drinking normally.
    • I may be painful for the first 1-3 days after my surgery so please be careful around my mouth.
    • Please don’t give me any hard treats or toys after my dental.
    • I may need to eat wet food for a week.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • If I am constantly pawing my mouth, my dental extraction sites may not heal. Please ask the Foster Concierge if I should get an E-collar.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    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

  • Stefan
    A716387
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, black and brown Dachshund.

    3 years
    male
    small
    11.15.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    dachshund
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Stefan and I am a cool kid. I am looking for a foster home where I can recover form a fracture to my right hind leg that has a splints-casts. I will need to be on cage rest and have my splint changed every seven to nine days. I will also be on some oral medication to help me to be comfortable to heal. I can be quite a nervous boy and am still learning that humans make great friends. I have been working with my wonderful behavior team who would love to give you more tips and tricks on how to socialize with me. Do you think you have a little extra room for me for a few weeks?
    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 December 10th, 2022.
    • I will need to have radiographs done at AHS every 4 weeks until healed; my first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately Decemebr 10th, 2022 as well.
    • Radiograph and splint/bandage change appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm.
    • I am up to date on my vaccines!
    • My anticipated return date from foster is December 29th, 2022
    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. 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. If I weigh over 25 pounds, I must be in single level home or first floor apartment.
    • 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

  • Jackmerius Thacktheritrix
    A718618
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, rd brindle and white Siberian Husky mix.

    2 years
    male
    large
    11.23.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    siberian husky
    My Story:
    • Hey there Foster Friends! My name is Jack and I am seeking foster while I recover from a femoral head and neck osteotomy (FHO) . I have wounds on my back left leg and will need a dental once I am feeling better. I would love a cozy place to hang out while I recover. Do you think you might have some room for me?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to have my gait rechecked 4 weeks after surgery. Schedule for gait recheck, neuter and dental if still pending.
    • I will need my next vaccine and suture removal from my left hindlimb wounds and refill pain medications on December 13th.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: 2-3 months depending on healing
    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.
    • Ensure moderate activity until incision heals and sutures are removed.
    • Once the incision heals, there aren’t any restrictions on activity. Encourage active use of limb through slow long walks, swimming, and agility exercises.
    • 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

  • Missy
    A473218
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, black and white American Pit Bull Terrier.

    8 years
    female
    small
    11.21.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    american pit bull terrier
    My Story:
    • Hi foster friends! I am Missy and I am seeking a foster home for dental procedure healing. I will need this procedure that will likely require extractions prior to being available for adoption. My friends at AHS would like to send me to foster to avoid lengthy stays in the shelter while waiting for the dental procedure. I may need additional healing time afterwards. Can I come and hang out with you for a few weeks?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to be scheduled for a drop off dental procedure within 4 weeks of this pet going to foster, please see foster leadership for scheduling.
    • I will most likely need to return to foster for 3-5 extra days after my dental procedure.
    • Procedure appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm. If the pet needs additional post-operative care, the pickup may need to be scheduled for the next day.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled around December 12th!
    • My anticipated return date from foster about 3-4 weeks after going home with you.
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for 14 days.
    • Monitor me to make sure I don’t have any bleeding or foul odor from my mouth and that I am eating and drinking normally.
    • I may be painful for the first 1-3 days after my surgery so please be careful around my mouth.
    • Please don’t give me any hard treats or toys after my dental.
    • I may need to eat wet food for a week.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • If I am constantly pawing my mouth, my dental extraction sites may not heal. Please ask the Foster Concierge if I should get an E-collar.
    • 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

  • Marty
    A718454
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, brown tabby Domestic Mediumhair.

    6 months
    female
    small
    11.21.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    cat
    domestic mediumhair
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Friends! My name is Marty and I was diagnosed with suspected : bladder stones . This can recur especially during periods of stress so I would love a cozy place to hang out until I feel better. Do you think you might have some room for me to hang out?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and next vaccine appointment December 14th.
    • My anticipated return date from foster December 14th.
    My Needs:
    • Monitor urination – if vocalizing or straining while urinating, alert medical team ASAP. If any signs of difficulty urinating or not producing urine are observed, immediate veterinary attention should be sought.
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • I must keep my E-collar on during the healing process.
    • 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

  • Ricky
    A480612
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, tan Lhasa Apso.

    11 years
    male
    medium
    11.24.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    lhasa apso
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Heroes! My name is Ricky and I am looking for a foster home where I can recovery from a femoral head and neck osteotomy (FHO) surgery that I had done with my doctors here at AHS. I am encouraged to use my limbs but I am on some pain management medication to help me feel more comfortable. I am a sweet boy and would love to come spend some time with you so I can get stronger! Do you think I could come stay at your place for a little while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to have my gait rechecked 4 weeks after surgery. Pending on how my surgery went, I may need radiographs done at AHS every 4 weeks until healed; My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately 12/30/22
    • 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: 12/15/22
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: 2/1/23, may be sooner pending how well I heal.
    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.
    • Ensure moderate activity until incision heals (7-10 days).
    • Once the incision heals, there aren’t any restrictions on activity. Encourage active use of limb through slow long walks, swimming, and agility exercises.
    • 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.Below are instructions for immediate post-op rehabilitation of the FHO patient. If your pet seems painful or becomes aggressive at any time while performing any of these therapies, STOP. Never push beyond your pet’s comfort level. Perform with your pet lying down on his/her side with the surgical leg up. Only perform to your pet’s comfort level.Stifle: Place one hand on the thigh and gently grasp the foot with the other. Very gently and slowly, apply pressure with the hand that is on the thigh, straightening the knee, using the hand on the foot to guide the leg downward. NEVER pull the leg with the foot. Stop where you feel your pet resist and hold for 15 seconds, relax, repeat.Hock (ankle): Place one hand against the bottom of the foot and gently and slowly push upward toward the body. Stop where you feel your pet resist and hold for 15 seconds, relax, repeat.Hip: Place one hand on the thigh and gently and slowly push leg backward (toward tail). Stop where you feel your pet resist and hold for 15 seconds, relax, repeat.Torso StrengtheningGently place hands on either side of the hips and rock your pet from side to side, while in a standing position, thus engaging the core torso muscles and promoting hind limb weight bearing. Once your pet tenses, stop, rest, and then perform exercise again. Repeat 5-10xCookies on the counterHave your pet take a treat while its front feet are up on something acceptable and stable (counter, steps, couch etc) Start low and work to increase the incline, thus extension of the hip. Hold this position for 5-40 seconds, and then return to ground and rest. Repeat exercise 5-10 times.Dancing (weeks 3 & 4 if doing well)Lift your pet’s torso low off the ground while holding their front legs on the forearm above the wrist. Pull and push your pet gently back and forth. Make sure they are standing at an angle and not straight up. Start with a very mild incline off the ground. Depending on the size of your pet you may have to bend over to do this. Make sure you are physically ok to do this exercise and do not strain your own back. Have your pet take a few steps back and forth; replace their front limb to the ground and rest. Repeat exercise 5-10x
    Become a Foster Hero

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

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Junior
    A718192
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, orange tabby Domestic Shorthair.

    5 years
    male
    small
    11.19.22
    South Mountain Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hello, my name in Junior. I can be a bit timid at first but warm up easily. I’m looking for a foster hero to take me home while my upper respiratory infection resolves. I’m taking a daily oral antibiotic to help me feel better. Do you have some room for an adorable orangie like me to come home with you while my symptoms clear up?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment, vaccine, and anticipated return date from foster is December 11th, 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

  • Bruno
    A718465
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, black and white Alaskan Husky.

    3 years
    male
    large
    11.21.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    alaskan husky
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Friends! My name is Bruno and I am seeking foster because of lameness of my legs which my friends here think may be from a muscle sprain. I need a little more time to heal and I would love to hang out with you while I do! Do you think you might have some room for me?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My next recheck appointment should be approximately December 7th to recheck lameness and for my next vaccine.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is December 12th.
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • Strict crate rest when not being supervised, controlled activity (no running, jumping, or rough housing!) when being supervised.
    • 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. 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.
    • 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

  • Cornelius
    A717853
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, black Domestic Shorthair.

    1 years
    male
    medium
    11.16.22
    South Mountain Campus
    cat
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hello and happy holidays! My name is Cornelius. I’m looking for a foster home while my upper respiratory infection resolves. I need to take daily oral antibiotics. Do you have a little bit of room for a good guy like me to come with you for a little while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck , next vaccine, and anticipated return date from foster is December 10th, 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

  • The Rodeo Clowns
    A717139
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, brown Australian Cattle Dog mix.

    11 weeks
    female
    small
    11.10.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    australian cattle dog
    My Story:
    • Howdy Foster Heores! We are the silliest Rodeo Clowns and we are the cutest bunch of 5 who are looking for a foster home for a bit of weight gain. We are also recovering from a skin mite called Cheyletiella, or walking dandruff. This is a contagious mite that lives on the skin and usually comes from the environment we were in. We have have received our first dose of treatment and will require weekly bathing with lime sulfur dip. We should be kept away from other animals and our foster should wear PPE during any handling. We will need a repeat skin scrape a month after the initial treatment, and if we are negative, will will be placed up for adoption! Do you think you could help a few sweet kiddos like us?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment December 10th, 2022
    • My next vaccine appointment: week of December 1st, 2022
    • My anticipated return date from foster December 10th, 2022My Needs
    • Cheyletiella is contagious to pets and people. Keep pet separate from other animals, children, and immunocompromised adults.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • AHS will provide food, medical care and medical supplies during the foster period.
    • 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.
    Become a Foster Hero

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

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Maybelline
    A715770
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, black German Pinscher mix.

    2 years
    female
    small
    10.25.22
    South Mountain Campus
    dog
    german pinscher
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Maybelline and I am needing foster care because I am being treated for ringworm. I will be on an oral antifungal medication and will be need to be treated with Douxo mousse twice weekly. Do you have room for me while I get better?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately: Novermber 26th 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: November 15th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: February 4th. This date reflects the average length of time of treatment, but it may be longer as I need two negative test results in order to be ready to be adopted.
    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

  • Foster Puppies!
    A691848
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, brown Labrador Retriever and Australian Cattle Dog.

    6 weeks
    female
    small
    09.01.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    dog
    labrador retriever / australian cattle dog
    My Story:
    • Contact our team today to foster puppies!
    • Puppies are fostered in groups of 3 or 4 to help with socialization
    • The average length of foster time needed is 2-4 weeks. Special Notes:
    • Our friends at AHS have taken us in through our partner assistance program, so most of my history is a mystery!
    • We need to be separate from all pets in the home for the first 10 days.
    • We may experience diarrhea due to dietary changes, stress, or parasites. If I am having diarrhea, please collect a fecal sample and notify my friends at AHS.
    • With our unknown history, you might see fleas or ticks on us, please let my friends on the Foster Team know if you do!
    • 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

  • Sunburst
    A713757
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, brown and black German Shepherd Dog and Labrador Retriever.

    6 months
    female
    small
    10.04.22
    South Mountain Campus
    dog
    german shepherd / labrador retriever
    My Story:
    • Hey there Foster Friends! My name is Sunburst and I am just a ray of sunshine! I am searching for a loving foster home because I am recovering from ringworm. I will need weekly mousse baths and an oral medication to help me heal up. Do you think you could help me out with a place to stay while I am being treated?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately:10/24/22 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 October 18th, 2022
    • My anticipated return date from foster is December 10th, 2022
    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

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