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Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster care provider!


Why Foster?

Fostering is a rewarding experience that can offer a nurturing, temporary home for cats, dogs and small animals. Animals that may require foster care include: those that are very young and need to grow and thrive in an environment with minimal stress; and animals that need time to recover from surgery or an illness. As a foster, you have the chance to change a life for the better!



Foster care providers should have basic knowledge of animal care and the ability to provide a loving and safe home for an animal. While you have a foster animal in your home, you are his/her care provider. It is up to you to make sure he/she is fed, clean, sheltered, comfortable and provided medical care if necessary. Depending on the animal, you may also need a secure space/room to keep the animal separate from other household pets.

Foster families are sent home with each animal’s medical history, medication, identification, food, toys and any other items needed for the animal. Veterinary appointments and any scheduled medical needs are made with the shelter veterinarian. Please note that the animals you foster are not yet available for adoption and we do not operate a foster-to-adopt program.


How much time will fostering take?

The amount of time needed to care for an animal will depend on a few factors. Newborn or orphaned puppies and kittens will need to be fed every few hours. An animal needing socialization will require more time investment as well. You can speak with UVHS to see what animals will best suite your foster abilities.


How do I become a foster care provider?

1. Fill out the online foster application or print the foster application and mail it to: UVHS, PO Box 789, Lebanon NH 03766.

2. Attend a New Foster Orientation/Meeting

3. Schedule a home visit

4. Depending on what your foster care abilities/requests are, we will work with you to find a match!


If you have questions, please contact the Upper Valley Humane Society Foster Care Program at foster@uvhs.org