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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 behaviour 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 Improve the Lives of Animals every day.

We provide all Foster Parents with the food, medications, supplies, veterinary and/or training attention that the animal(s) require. 

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
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How to Become a Foster Parent

We are grateful for the extensive network of foster parents we currently have, and we are not actively seeking new foster parents at this time. However, if you are interested in providing care for our special needs animals, including TLC dogs, animals enrolled in the Urgent Care program, and special species, please fill out this application form and a team member will reach out when we have a spot available. 

TLC dogs are dogs that require some extra tender, love and care. TLC dogs may be experiencing some fearfulness or anxiety that may need extra attention and care to manage. Foster parents of TLC dogs will receive extra support through handouts and from the Foster Department and Training Team.

These special hearts need compassionate souls who can provide a safe and nurturing environment, helping them overcome their unique challenges. Your patience and understanding can transform their lives, making a lasting impact. 

Foster Parents will view a virtual recorded orientation – these are about an hour in length. During the session you will learn more about Toronto Humane Society and the role of volunteer Foster Parents. 

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. At end of training you will have the opportunity to speak with one of our foster specialists prior to their first experience. Asking questions is encouraged!

Once these modules have been completed you will have officially become a Toronto Humane Society Foster Parent!

Toronto Humane Society’s Foster Department alerts Foster Parents of pets that need to be fostered through an online dashboard. Should you be interested in an animal in need of foster care simply reach out to the Foster Department indicating your interest and  availability. 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 questions by potential Foster Parents here.

Contact Us

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

Click here for our Foster Care Agreement.

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