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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 600-800 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.
We, currently, have a high need for fosters for adult dogs and cats for short and long-term foster stays.
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
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.
Monthly Foster Spotlight
It took one pregnant cat found outside Joan Amaratti’s apartment to fuel her drive to become a foster parent. “She was about 8 or 9 months old and you could see her ribs and spine – weighing a total of 7 pounds while pregnant. She gave birth to six little kittens and died the following day due to complications. My housemates and I teamed up to do round-the-clock feeding and care and, by some miracle, all of the kittens survived and found loving homes with friends,” Joan said.
From then on Joan’s walls were often a refuge for foster animals from her local shelter and when Joan moved to Eugene last January she quickly joined the foster family at Greenhill. Besides knowing she can provide a warm, loving and safe environment for an animal needing a little extra care, Joan points out, “Really, who couldn’t use a little extra furry love in their life?”
One of her more memorable foster animals so far has been Miracle (nicknamed Miri), a cat recovering from surgery that needed to be confined for 8 whole weeks. “Miri was a young and vibrant cat and wasn’t keen on being confined but she was very loving and was mostly happy to spend evenings sitting on my lap… My furry family grew very fond of her, as did I.”
Though it was hard to give her back, Joan said seeing Miri adopted out within a week of returning to the shelter couldn’t have made her happier. It is one of the great things, seeing her foster animals show up on that “adopted” list thanks to her help.
A development officer at Planned Parenthood, Joan also enjoys dog training, walking dogs at Greenhill and 1st Avenue, spending time with her cat, Pippen, and dog, Piper, and baking cupcakes. Still, being a foster parent will always be one of the things closest to her heart.
“Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have,” she said. “The staff at the shelter is absolutely fabulous but resources are limited and the buildings can only hold so many animals. Fostering allows Greenhill / 1st Avenue to do even more incredible work – plus you get the added benefit of having a fun, lovable animal in your home.”
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