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Toronto Humane Society Foster Program

We are proud to support thousands of animals in need every year. Crucial to this success is our foster program. Juvenile, sick, injured or animals with behavior challenges make up a significant portion of the animals who come into our care. These animals often do better in a temporary home with foster parents, rather than in the frequently busy, shelter environment. Animals belonging to those experiencing temporary crisis which impacts their ability to care for their pet are also in-need of foster care. When you become a foster parent, you become an integral part of our organization and directly improve the lives of animals every day.

We provide all foster parents with the food, medications, supplies and veterinary or training attention that the animal(s) require. We are primarily looking for foster parents who are interested in taking on our high-needs foster cases. These include animals with complex medical issues, neonatal animals, and behaviour cases for both cats and dogs. If you are looking for a simpler foster, please note that we have more high needs animals in need of foster homes so simple foster animals may be limited.


Foster Parent Requirements

  • Foster Parents must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Foster Parents with their own animals must ensure their pets are spay/neutered and fully vaccinated
  • Foster Parents must have a separate room to isolate a foster animal if needed
  • Foster Parents must have time to care for foster animals
  • Foster Parents must have access to reliable transportation
  • Foster Parents must abide by the foster agreement signed upon joining the program
  • Foster Parents must attend an orientation session
Toronto Humane Society Foster Program

How to Become a Toronto Humane Society Volunteer Foster Parent

Step 1 – Fill Out the Foster Parent Application Form

The application will be reviewed by our foster department in order to help us learn about your family, household and your experience.

Step 2 – Attend an Orientation Session

Orientation sessions will be held virtually and are about an hour in length.

During the session you will learn more about Toronto Humane Society and the role of volunteer foster parents. You are encouraged to ask questions, and to get to know the Toronto Humane Society foster department staff.

Step 3 – Complete Training

Prospective foster parents will be required to complete online training modules covering both the foster program in its entirety, as well as the care requirements of specific animal species/ages. Once these modules have been completed you will have officially become a Toronto Humane Society Foster Parent!

Step 4 – Your First Foster!

Toronto Humane Society’s Foster Department alerts Foster Parents of the need for foster via email. Should you be interested in an animal in need of foster care simply respond to the email indicating your availability to provide them with a temporary home. Foster Agents will discuss the case with you prior to approving the foster to ensure that your home is the right fit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to our most frequently asked question by potential Volunteer Foster Parents here.

Contact Us

Still have questions? E-mail us at or call 416-392-2273 ext. 2398

Click here for our Foster Care Agreement.

Click herefor our Foster Application Form.