Foster Program

Click Here to See Animals Currently in need of fostering

Foster Parents Needed:

We have recently seen an increase in the amount of small pregnant dogs arriving at our shelter and we are in need of foster parents. This foster parent would be caring for the expecting mom up until and during the birth of the puppies. After giving birth the foster parent would keep their foster dog and the pups for 3-4 months. If you have the following, please contact the foster department!
  • A quiet home and birthing area.
  • Someone who is home regularly throughout the day.
  • Someone who can give mom space from her pups and regular daily walks/socialization throughout the pregnancy and post-delivery periods.
  • Please read over the following link for more information:
Please contact the foster department at: if you are interested or have any questions.

Volunteer Foster Parents provide temporary in home care for animals that are not quite ready to find their forever homes, as well as providing palliative care for animals requiring a quiet, comfortable home for the remainder of their life.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer Foster Parent

As a volunteer foster parent you will provide a temporary home to an animal in need. The Toronto Humane Society provides Foster Parents with food, supplies, medications and veterinary care.

Foster Volunteer Requirements:

Step 1 – Attend a Foster Orientation Session

The first step to becoming a Toronto Humane Society Foster Parent is to attend an orientation session. During the session you will learn more about the Toronto Humane Society and the role of volunteer foster parents.

Information about upcoming mandatory Foster Orientation Sessions will be posted below, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter sites. Sessions occur approximately every 6 weeks, so please check back regularly.

Next Foster Orientation Session:

General Foster Orientation Session Dates
Saturday, April 29th we will be hosting a kitten foster orientation session. This is for potential foster parent interested in fostering kittens only. Due to the high volume of kittens we receive every year we are always requiring more homes. The types of fosters will range from very young kittens requiring 2 hour feeding, to older kittens eating well on their own, kittens requiring medications and nursing moms with litters. Please email if you have any questions and to register as space is limited.

Step 2 – Submit an application

Once you have attended a foster orientation session you may submit an application to become a Toronto Humane Society Foster Parent. The application helps us learn about your family, household and your experience.

Step 3 – Attend an interview

A member of our foster staff will contact you directly for an interview date and time. During the interview we will discuss your application and answer questions or concerns you may have.

Step 4 – Attend training sessions as required

Foster parents are provided with informational manuals and hands-on training.

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. 2104

Click here for our Foster Care Agreement.

Click here for our Foster Application Form.