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Greenhill Humane Society Foster Care Program
Thank you for your interest in the Foster Care Program. Together our foster parents make an enormous contribution to Greenhill by caring for approximately 600 animals each year. Without these dedicated volunteers Greenhill could not provide loving homes to nearly as many deserving animals as we do each year.
Foster parents and families are needed to help care for kittens, puppies, cats, dogs and small animals, for short and long-term foster stays.
Please contact Kristi Chizacky, Volunteer/Foster Care Manager with questions about this rewarding opportunity. Kristi can be reached at 541-689-1503 x114 and via email.
Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent:
1. Please review the foster program requirements (please see below).
Foster Program Requirements:
You must be at least 21 years of age to become a foster parent. Children are encouraged to participate fully in this rewarding experience with their parents.
Landlord approval is required for all foster parents who rent their residence. Please confirm with your landlord that you are approved to foster animals prior to scheduling a foster care interview and training session.
Current vaccinations are required for all foster parents' dogs/cats prior to placing a foster animal in your home. Please confirm that your animals are up-to-date on their vaccinations prior to scheduling a foster care interview and training session. We also recommend you speak with your veterinarian to make sure fostering is a good fit for you and your pets.
Monthly Foster Spotlight
The Grossnicklaus Family
For the Grossnicklaus clan, becoming a foster family was an activity that everyone could quite literally snuggle up to.
“We have been fostering for one year. We decided to start fostering because it is something the entire family can do together – which is great with all of us having different schedules. It is something we can do together as a family,” said Julie Grossnicklaus.
The experience means lots of kittens can be found at the household…during both good times and bad. “We had two where I got very sick while fostering and those two kitties laid in bed next to me giving me love as if taking care of me even though they were with us so I could be taking care of them,” Julie said.
Beyond the therapeutic benefits for them, the Grossnicklaus family enjoys showering fosters with all the love and attention they can. When everyone pitches in, well socialized kittens are the proud result.
“We love seeing these shy, scared kitties come to our house and day by day they become secure, strong and their personalities bloom into playful, fun, loving, happy kitties ready to have a successful transition to their forever homes.”
When not in foster mode, the family cares for 6 cats of their own. They also stay busy with teenage girls’ lives and endless activities. But the positive benefits of fostering an animal (or two or three) keeps them coming back for more fosters.
“It is a wonderful way to make a positive impact on the lives of animals. You get to make the perfect pet for someone else to have and love for life.”
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