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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. 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 Graceson the cat
    Graceson
    1 years male
  • Graceson
    A699946
    My Story

    I am a neutered male, gray tabby Domestic Shorthair.

    1 years
    male
    large
    06.19.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hi AHS Foster Heroes! My name is Graceson and I’m looking for a foster as part of AHS’ Project Home Away From Home. My family is currently experiencing a temporary crisis and my amazing pals here at the shelter are working to keep us together! I may take some time to warm up but once I do I love to cuddle. I also enjoy playing with jingle balls. I am looking for a foster for about 30 days until my family is ready to pick me up. If you are unable to foster me for the full duration of the foster period, I would love even just a few weeks out of the shelter with you. Do you think you could make room in your home and your heart for a sweetheart like me?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I am UTD on vaccines.
    • My return date may vary but I will need to be fostered for approximately 30 days.
    My Needs:
    • Please be patient with me as I adapt to new people, places, and routines.
    • I have lived with other cats but slow introductions are always best.
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for the first 10-14 days.
    • 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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    Babushka
    1 years female
  • Babushka
    A707554
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, gray Domestic Shorthair.

    1 years
    female
    small
    08.07.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Babushka! I am needing foster are becasue I have come down with a kitty cold or an upper respiratory infection. I will be on eye and oral medication to helpme 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: August 21st
    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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    Mabel
    4 months female
  • Mabel
    A707518
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, gray tabby Domestic Shorthair.

    4 months
    female
    small
    08.05.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Mabel and I am needing a foster home to for some pelvic fracture. I will need crate confinement to heal and oral medication to make me comfortable so that I can. There is a chance that I might need an femoral head and neck osteotomy (FHO) or an amputation, depending how I am healing. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a 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 September 5th
    • Radiograph appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: August 26th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: November 5th
    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. If I weigh over 25 pounds, I must be in single level home or first floor apartment.
    • 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

  • Image of Maxwell the dog
    Maxwell
    2 months male
  • Maxwell
    A707481
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, brown brindle German Shepherd Dog mix.

    2 months
    male
    small
    08.05.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    german shepherd
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Marshall! I am needing a foster home because I need fracrure recovery without a splint. The fracture that I have is not well-aligned, but may be able to heal becasue I am a growing boy. There is a chance that if it does not heal right I will need an amputation. I will be needing cage confinement in mey foster home for a few weeks. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to have radiographs done at AHS every 3-4 weeks until healed; my first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 26th.
    • Radiograph appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: August 26th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: October 10th
    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.
    • 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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    Princess And Her Heirs
    4 years female
  • Princess And Her Heirs
    A707568
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, brown and white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated.

    4 years
    female
    small
    08.05.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    chihuahua
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Princess and these are my Heirs. We’re in need of care because I am nursing my babies. Can we come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and vaccine appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 25th.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is October 14th.
    • My babies anticipated return date from foster is September 30th.
    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 Mia the cat
    Mia
    3 months female
  • Mia
    A707794
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, tortie Domestic Shorthair.

    3 months
    female
    small
    08.08.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Mia and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from coccidia. Can I come and hang out with you for a little while?!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for August 14th. This is the day a fecal sample will need to be brought into AHS.
    • My next vaccine and possible return appointment should be scheduled for August 22nd.
    My Needs:
    • Coccidia is contagious to other pets. Keep separate from all pets in the home until cleared of the infection.
    • Promptly clean up feces and ensure all fecal matter is removed from this foster’s fur.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating and drinking well.
    • 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

  • Four Cuties
    A707536
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, white Australian Cattle Dog mix.

    2 months
    male
    small
    08.05.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    australian cattle dog
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! We are the Four Cuties and we’re pretty cool! We’re in need of care because we’re a bit underweight. We have also been known to eat too fast and vomit so my friends here ask that you monitor us for that. Can we 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 August 22nd.
    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

  • Milkshake
    A707300
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, orange Shorthaired Rabbit.

    2 years
    male
    medium
    08.03.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    shorthaired rabbit
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Milkshake and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from RHDV2 Quarantine. RHDV2 is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that can be found in domestic and wild rabbits. It can be spread through bedding, food, water, feces and bodily fluids. I am being quarantined for 14 -21 days to ensure that it does not have this disease. I will need to be kept away from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period and AHS will need to be alerted immediately should the pet show any symptoms (listed below). 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 August 17th.
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Monitor for symptoms of RHDV2 including blood in urine or stool, ocular or nasal discharge, lethargy, fever, decreased appetite, bleeding from mouth, nose or anus, seizures or trouble 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

  • Tiramisu
    A707156
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, tan Shorthaired Rabbit.

    2 years
    male
    medium
    08.02.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    shorthaired rabbit
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Tiramisu and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from RHDV2 Quarantine.RHDV2 is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that can be found in domestic and wild rabbits. It can be spread through bedding, food, water, feces and bodily fluids. I am being quarantined for 14 -21 days to ensure that it does not have this disease. I will need to be kept away from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period and AHS will need to be alerted immediately should the pet show any symptoms (listed below). 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 August 16th.
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Monitor for symptoms of RHDV2 including blood in urine or stool, ocular or nasal discharge, lethargy, fever, decreased appetite, bleeding from mouth, nose or anus, seizures or trouble 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

  • Ruby
    A704511
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, white and black Shorthaired Rabbit.

    1 years
    female
    small
    08.07.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    shorthaired rabbit
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Ruby and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care to recover from RHDV2 Quarantine.RHDV2 is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that can be found in domestic and wild rabbits. It can be spread through bedding, food, water, feces and bodily fluids. I am being quarantined for 14 -21 days to ensure that it does not have this disease. I will need to be kept away from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period and AHS will need to be alerted immediately should the pet show any symptoms (listed below). 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 August 21st.
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • Monitor for symptoms of RHDV2 including blood in urine or stool, ocular or nasal discharge, lethargy, fever, decreased appetite, bleeding from mouth, nose or anus, seizures or trouble 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

  • Huey
    A701655
    My Story

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

    3 months
    male
    small
    08.06.22
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey Foster Heroes! My name is Huey! I am looking for a foster home where I can recover from a kitty cold called an upper respiratory infection. I will need a daily medication to help me feel better. Can you help a little guy like me out?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 16th, 2022
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of August 16th, 2022
    • My anticipated return date from foster is August 16th, 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

  • Klaus
    A706048
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, black Domestic Longhair.

    3 years
    male
    medium
    07.23.22
    South Mountain Campus
    domestic longhair
    My Story:
    • Hey there Foster Heroes! My name is Klaus and I am searching for a foster home where I can recover from a kitty cold called an upper respiratory infection. I will need a daily oral medication to help me feel better. I can be a bit fearful of humans still and I have been working with my friends on the Behavior Team to help me open up. I will need an understanding foster who will go slow with me while I adjust to my new environment. The Behavior Team would love to give you some tips and tricks to help me with this. Do you think I could come stay with you for a little while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 20th, 2022
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of August 20th, 2022
    • My anticipated return date from foster is August 20th, 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

  • Sol
    A705042
    My Story

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

    2 years
    female
    small
    08.04.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hey there Foster Heroes! My name is Sol and I am looking for a foster home because I am suspected to have ringworm. I am a super sweet girl who would love a comfortable, loving foster home to recover. Can I come stay with you?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 18th, 2022 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.
    • I am up to date on my vaccines!
    • My anticipated return date from foster is September 29th, 2022. 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

  • Raven
    A706203
    My Story

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

    1 years
    female
    medium
    07.25.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    german shepherd
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Raven and I am looking for a foster home because I have come down with kennel cough. Or a puppy cold. I will be on some oral medication to help me feel better. Do you think I could come and hang out with you for a few weeks?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: September 6th
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: August 8th through August 15th
    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

  • Kiki
    A705410
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, tan Chihuahua – Smooth Coated.

    1 years
    female
    small
    07.25.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    chihuahua
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Kiki and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care because I’m pregnant and need a safe and comfy place to give birth to my babies.
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and vaccine appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 9th.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is September 27th.
    • My babies anticipated return date from foster is October 31st.
    My Needs:
    • Keep mom isolated from all other pets prior to labor through 3 weeks after delivery to prevent infection.
    • Babies should be kept separate from other pets through the duration of the foster period.
    • Monitor stages of labor. It is helpful to know approximately how many puppies/kittens are expected. If we do not provide you this information, please ask.
    • If mom appears to be doing well, it is best to give her privacy in a dark and quiet room during labor. Then you can just occasionally check on her progress. Assist mom with delivery only as needed.
    • Notify AHS when babies are born.
    • Monitor eating, drinking, urinating, and defecating.
    • Mom will be on a diet of wet and dry food before and after pregnancy. Notify AHS if babies are not nursing or if mom is not allowing them to nurse.
    • 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

  • Bella
    A600496
    My Story

    I am a spayed female, white and brown Chihuahua – Smooth Coated and Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier.

    6 years
    female
    medium
    07.22.22
    South Mountain Campus
    chihuahua / parson (jack) russell terrier
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Bella and I am looking for a foster home because I have a urinary tract infection. I will be on a special diet for a few days and some oral medication. I am also blind, but I get around pretty well. Just go slow with me. Do you think you have a little extra room for me for a couple of weeks?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and possible return appointment should be scheduled for approximately: August 13th
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: Up to date
    • A urine sample will need to be collected and analyzed when antibiotics are finished. You will use special cat litter beads (provided) to collect the urine. Keep the urine refrigerated and drop off at AHS as soon as possible after collection.
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for 10 days.
    • Please monitor me to make sure I am eating, drinking, and urinating normally (no excessive blood in urine, not straining to urinate).
    • 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

  • Lavar
    A707273
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, brown Toy Fox Terrier.

    2 months
    male
    small
    08.03.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    toy fox terrier
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! We are Lavar and Ashlee and we are needing foster care because we are being treated for sarcoptic mange. This is a condition that is contagious to other pets and people. So you would need to wear gloves and a gown when being with us. We will be on oral medications. Do you think we could come and stay with you for a while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck and vaccine appointment should be scheduled for approximately: August 17th for next mite treatment and skin scrape recheck
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: August 31st
    My Needs:
    • Keep separate from all pets in the home for the duration of my foster period.
    • It is recommended that there are no other dogs in the home; if there are dogs in the home, it is recommended that they are on flea/tick prevention that is effective against mange.
    • Give ALL medications as directed; most medications are given twice daily.
    • Bathe as directed (one to two times a week with benzoyl peroxide shampoo)
    • 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

  • Markie Pooch
    A703506
    My Story

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

    2 years
    male
    large
    06.30.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    german shepherd
    My Story:
    • Hello friends! My name is Mark and I am a handsome guy in need of a place to stay while I heal from a fracture. I have a splint on which will need to be replaced every week or so. I am a great boy and just need a place to relax and recover in. I do need to be the only dog in the foster home. Could I please stay with you until around mid-August??
    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 July 21st!
    • I will need to have radiographs done at AHS every 4 weeks until healed; my first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately July 21st!
    • Radiograph and splint/bandage change appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm.
    • My anticipated return date from foster is around August 20th!
    My Needs:
    • We require foster pets to be kept separate from all pets in the home for the first 10 days.
    • Needs to be the only dog
    • 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

  • Leonardo And Bambam
    A698939
    My Story

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

    4 months
    male
    small
    07.19.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hello! Our names are Leonardo and Bambam and we are an adorable duo in need of a home where we can recover from our ringworm! Ringworm is a skin condition that is much like athlete’s foot in humans! It is contagious to other pets and people, so our friends at AHS can provide you with gowns and gloves so we can still snuggle! There are more details of my needs listed below, but please reach out to the Foster Department if you have any questions or even better…if you want to foster us!! Hope to hear from you so soon!!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 10th for my first DTM 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 August 6th!
    • My anticipated return date from foster is around October 28th. 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

  • Mighty
    A704425
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, orange tabby Domestic Shorthair.

    3 months
    male
    small
    07.09.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Hello! My name is Mighty and I am a handsome devil in need of a home where I can recover from my ringworm! Ringworm is a skin condition that is much like athlete’s foot in humans! It is contagious to other pets and people, so our friends at AHS can provide you with gowns and gloves so we can still snuggle! There are more details of my needs listed below, but please reach out to the Foster Department if you have any questions or even better…if you want to foster me!! Hope to hear from you so soon!!
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 10th for my first DTM 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 August 6th!
    • My anticipated return date from foster is around October 28th. 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

  • Jackson
    A705475
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, tan and white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated.

    1 years
    male
    small
    07.18.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    chihuahua
    My Story:
    • Hey friends! My name is Jackson and I’m pretty cool! I’m in need of care because I am healing from a fractured leg that was surgically fixed with a bone plate. I am an awesome dog that would love to come hang with you for a little while. Do you think you have some space for me in your home?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • I will need to have radiographs done at AHS every 3-4 weeks until healed; my first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately August 17th with Dr. Schuab.
    • Radiograph appointments are scheduled as drop-offs between 7am and 8am, with a same day pickup between 4pm and 5pm.
    • My next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of August 8th.
    • My anticipated return date from foster will be 2-3 months depending on how 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 after surgery or until my staples are removed.
    • I will need strict crate rest 24 hours a day for the first 2 weeks. 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. If I weigh over 25 pounds, I must be in single level home or first floor apartment.
    • I should be placing some weight on my leg 7-10 days after surgery. If I become lame or act extremely painful after starting to use the leg, notify my friends at AHS immediately!
    • I cannot run, jump, climb stairs or do any high impact activity.
    • I’ll need lots of enrichment to keep me entertained, my friends at AHS will give you some tips.
    • 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

  • Sprout And Her Seedlings
    A705394
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, brown Chihuahua – Smooth Coated mix.

    2 years
    female
    small
    07.18.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    chihuahua
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Mnema and these are my awesome little ones. We are needing foster care because we pregnant or nursing animals. My babies are just 3 weeks old. We are looking for a quiet place where I can raise these little ones and get ready for their next adventure. I can be a little shy, but I do warm up. Do you think you have room for us for a while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately: August 8th
    • Our (pups) next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: August 8th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: September 5th
    • My babies anticipated return date from foster is: August 22nd
    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

  • Sugar And Her Sweets
    A705393
    My Story

    I am an unaltered female, cream Chihuahua – Smooth Coated mix.

    3 years
    female
    small
    07.18.22
    Sunnyslope Campus
    chihuahua
    My Story:
    • Hey there foster friends! My name is Indra and these are my awesome little ones. We are needing foster care because we pregnant or nursing animals. My babies are just 3 weeks old. We are looking for a quiet place where I can raise these little ones and get ready for their next adventure. I can sometimes alarm bark when someone new approaches us. So please go slow. Do you think you have room for us for a while?
    My Treatment Plan Details:
    • My first recheck appointment should be scheduled for approximately: August 8th
    • Our (pups) next vaccine appointment should be scheduled for the week of: August 8th
    • My anticipated return date from foster is: September 5th
    • My babies anticipated return date from foster is: August 22nd
    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

  • Foster Bunnies!
    A691815
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, white and brown Lionhead.

    4 months
    male
    small
    04.30.22
    I am in foster care.
    lionhead
    My Story:
    • Contact our team today to foster a bunny today!
    • A single bunny or pair of bunnies will need care for approximately 2-4 weeks.
    • Occasionally, we may have pregnant or nursing bunny that will need care for 1-2 months.
    • The breeds, colors and sizes of our bunnies vary. Please note that the picture shown is a representation of the beautiful critters we get in, but is not the bunny that you will be fostering. Our needs:
    • We are being quarantined for 14 days to ensure we do not have RHDV2.
    • Once our quarantine is complete, we may need additional foster time to continue gaining weight.
    • RHDV2 is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that can be found in domestic and wild rabbits. It can be spread through bedding, food, water, feces and bodily fluids.
    • We will need to be kept separate from all pets in the home for the duration of the foster period.
    • All necessary medical care and supplies will be provided, including food, cages, and bedding!
    Become a Foster Hero

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

    or call us at 602.997.7585 Ext.2059

  • Foster Bottle Baby Kittens!
    A691120
    My Story

    I am an unaltered male, brown Domestic Shorthair.

    22 days
    male
    small
    05.17.22
    I am in foster care.
    domestic shorthair
    My Story:
    • Contact our team today to foster bottle baby kittens!
    My Needs:
    • Bottle baby fosters step into the role of mom, providing special, round-the-clock attention to care for these tiny felines!
    • Bottle baby kittens need to be fed every 2-3 hours until they begin to transition to solid food.
    • These kittens will need foster care until they are 8 weeks of age and 2lbs.
    • All necessary medical care and supplies will be provided, including food, scales, heating source, litter box, and more!
    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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