Foster Care


Willamette Humane Society’s foster care program serves a vital role in saving lives. Each year, the shelter receives more than 8,000 animals -  many in need of special care.

Foster parents provide a temporary home and care for animals that may be too young for adoption, are recovering from injury or illness, or may need some behavioral training prior to being put up for adoption. Foster homes help alleviate the stress on the shelter’s capacity, staff, and resources during critical times.

Every month, there are 100-200 cats, kittens, dogs and puppies cared for by volunteer foster families. We have an animal for every home, but often do not have enough foster homes for every animal in need. Typically, animals are in foster homes for two to 8 weeks.

Please consider opening your heart and home to a foster animal. Your commitment helps save lives and lasts a lifetime.

WHS provides:

• Food
• Vaccinations
• Medication (if necessary)
• Collar & Tags
• Carrier or Crate
• 24-hour support phone number in case of emergency

Foster families provide:

  • Shelter
  • Socializing
  • Tender Loving Care
  • Play Time
  • Training
  • Become a Foster Volunteer

    If you’re interested in fostering, please download the Foster Care Application (right click on link and select “save link as…”).  You can email it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or print it and mail your completed application to Willamette Humane Society, att: Foster Care Coordinator, PO Box 13005, Salem, OR, 97309. After submitting an application, you will need to attend our Volunteer Orientation.  If you are interested in fostering dogs, we also ask that you attend Intro to Training.  Once you’ve completed those steps, we will contact you to begin fostering!

    For more information about our foster care program, call our foster care coordinator at (503) 585-5900 ext. 303, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)