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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
Margo Slaughter knows the full spectrum of emotions that go along with being a foster. From tears of sadness to giving her fosters up at the end of the stay to smiles of joy at the blossoming lives she has a hand in, it’s not always easy but it is worth it.
“I always knew I wanted to foster when the sad day came when my three precious wire fox terriers, Asta, Murphy and Bill, would pass away,” she said. “I wanted to be able to help as many animals in need as possible.”
Margo started her fostering experience with Emma, a dog suffering from an auto-immune condition who had been neglected before coming in to the shelter. Since that first tough case, she has taken in three more pit bull puppies who she can proudly say have all found happy homes.
“The best thing about fostering is knowing I have helped these precious animals get to forever homes,”
she said. “In Emma’s case, at least she had love and care in her final days. Maybe all she had ever known.”
Though many think of fostering as all about the animals, Margo also admits the help is reciprocal.
“Baby Winter saved my life when my last two dogs died within a week of each other. Adorable, cuddly, demanding and full of life – she kept me from crawling in a hole and crying all the time,” she said.
“And, should you foster an animal that just happens to be perfect for your lifestyle (like my ‘Little Joe’ who used to be ‘Blizzard’) you can adopt him!”
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