Toronto Humane Society Foster Program

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The Toronto Humane Society is proud to find homes for thousands of animals in need every year, and one of the programs that is crucial to our success is fostering. Juveniles, sick or injured animals, and animals with behavior issues can make up a significant portion of our intake, and for various reasons it is better for these animals to spend time in a temporary home, rather than in the oftentimes stressful shelter environment.

Without foster parents opening up their home to these animals in desperate need of comfort and security our capacity to provide care for them would be severely compromised. Becoming a foster parent means you are becoming an integral part of our organization, and are helping to save the lives of animals who ended up in the shelter system through no fault of their own.

The Toronto Humane Society provides all volunteer foster parents with the food, medications, supplies and veterinary care each foster animal requires, all you need to supply is the home, and of course tons of love and affection.

The Toronto Humane Society has hundreds of animals in foster care at any given point in time, and we are always in need of new caregivers.

Foster Parent Requirements

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

All orientation sessions will be held at the Toronto Humane Society and are about an hour in length. The foster department will email all applicants to advise of upcoming sessions once 15 applications have been received.

During the session you will learn more about the 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!

The Toronto Humane Society 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. 2104

Click here for our Foster Care Agreement.

Click here for our Foster Application Form.