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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
Diane Moore, January’s foster of the month, has provided refuge for the animals of Lane County for many years. She started fostering in January 2008. Two pit bull puppies were her first foster experience and since then she has invited in everything from a blind dog and sweet golden retriever to more pit bulls and tiny Chihuahuas.
“Fosters are the life-blood of rescues and shelters. Fostering an animal allows it the opportunity to de-stress from their past neglect/abuse or from the shelter environment,” Diane said. “Often I’ve heard the statement ‘oh, I couldn’t stand letting them go’ when suggesting people should foster. I’ve fostered over 25 dogs over the past seven years, for LCAS, Greenhill and local rescues. Yes, it is sometimes difficult to say goodbye but the joy of seeing a dog go to a new home and a happy-ever-after and knowing you were a critical part of that can’t be beat.”
Diane works for a small hydroelectric power project with an office based from her home. Being able to work frequently from her house is a benefit to fostering, as is her 5 acre property that is also home to her 8 rescued dogs and cat, Mr. Cuddles. At any time her full house can expand to include a foster (or two).
“My favorite thing about fostering is getting to spend time with a new dog, give it care and love and watch it blossom….Some dogs are scared to death and it takes time for them to relax and trust. Others have an indefatigable spirit and, despite whatever they’ve experienced, they respond right away to love and care and are so happy for the attention,” Diane said.
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