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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
Lois Kent jokes that “non-stop kittens” are her main motivation to keep fostering but in truth there are many reasons behind her dedication.
“Having kittens around is like having an ongoing infusion of pure happy, like sunshine breaking through any cloudy day,” Lois said. “When I foster kittens, I get to feel that kind of happy. Then someone else gets to love them and raise them into cats. While me, I get more infusions of kitten happiness! I love that I get to support Greenhill, make life better for the kittens and feel happy about it, on multiple levels.”
Lois started fostering in early 2013 when her oldest son wanted to use the volunteer work to go toward his high school volunteer hours. That son has now gone on to college but Lois continues to take in “infusions of kittens” whenever she can.
One of her most memorable cases so far was a scared, feral cat that refused to even show its face when Lois was around.
“I spent a night on a linoleum floor with a pillow and blanket (and wet food) just to try to get him to come out while there was a human, albeit a sleeping one, in the room,” she said.
Nothing seemed to work until her brother, a family legend for his way with animals, was called in. “He came over and spent an hour in the room with the kitten. After that we discovered a whole new kitten. We had the most affectionate kitten we’ve ever had in two years. This little guy liked to cuddle, he wanted to ride on our shoulders, he was chatty, he made eye contact…He’s the one kitten I almost caved on and adopted.”
Lois said watching this kitten come around has been just one of the rewards.
“I recommend Greenhill as a place to volunteer because it’s important for a person to feel like they can use their skills, gifts and values to make the world a better place. Doing that makes you happy, it brings you connections. So find volunteer work that meshes with what is unique in you.”
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