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Greenhill Humane Society
88530 Green Hill Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402

(541) 689-1503

Friday - Tuesday
11am - 6pm
Closed Wed. & Thurs.

1st Avenue Shelter
3970 W. 1st Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402

(541) 844-1777

Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm
Sat 10am - 5:30pm
Closed Sun. & Mon.

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Greenhill Humane Society Foster Care Program  

The Kittens Are Coming!

Greenhill and 1st Avenue are looking for fosters to help us care for these fragile, young felines.

The average length of stay in foster care for kittens is 3 weeks, though this can vary and may be longer. Fosters provide our animals with enrichment, socialization, and daily care. We provide medical and behavioral support as well as guidance through every step of the process! Not interested in kittens? We are also in need of fosters for adult dogs and adult cats! These stays can be longer, but help us to provide more animals with specialized care. If you are interested in helping us care for the animals in our community through fostering, please contact our Foster Care Manager at (541)689-1503 Ext. 114 or Fill out a Volunteer/Foster application.

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).
2. Please complete the online Foster Care Application. Click here to fill out the application. (If you would like to volunteer (not foster), please complete the  online Volunteer Application on the Volunteering page).
3.  Upon receipt of your Foster Care Application, we will contact you to further discuss the foster care program with you.
4. Attend a foster care interview and training session (to be scheduled with foster care staff). 

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
Karen Thomas
In 2 years of fostering for Greenhill, Foster of the Month Karen Thomas has been unofficially crowned the “bottle baby queen”. It’s not that she doesn’t also enjoy weaned kittens, it’s just that the babies have a special pull on her heartstrings.
“I decided to start fostering for Greenhill, once again after a break, because I was missing the newborn kittens and felt that I might be helpful due to my past fostering experience and background in human nursing,” she said. “My maternal instinct kicked in and led me back to doing what I love most…fostering tiny kittens.”

One of Karen’s most memorable foster cases was a 1.3 ounce (newborns normally weigh 4-5 ounces) kitten, the lone survivor of the litter. Karen stayed up around the clock for every 20 minute feedings through a syringe since the bottle wouldn’t fit in the kitten’s mouth. Her motto, she said, is “never give up until it’s over.”

“The kitten eventually grew and developed well. Her soft tuxedo fur grew in and she became a fluffy beauty. It was a miracle that she survived and was healthy. It was rewarding to help save the life of this kitten whose odds of surviving were unlikely. This kitten was determined to live and she did just that.” Thanks to Karen.

Karen said her favorite part of the foster experience is being a part of the newborn kitten’s survival and nurturing experiences. Growing up she had always had pets but never any cats. The 500+ bottle babies she has cared for more than make up for that now.

“It’s a pleasure fostering for Greenhill and 1st Avenue Shelter. The wonderful staff is highly supportive of the volunteer fosters and they take good care of the foster animal’s medical needs, exams, etc. To experience fostering is a worthwhile and rewarding way to give of one’s time, effort and care – just until the animal(s) are ready for their adoptions through the shelter. I’m grateful to be a Greenhill and 1st Avenue shelters foster mom. Maybe you would enjoy giving it a try?”


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