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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
JoAnn Hatton is a natural caregiver. A registered nurse, mom and longtime foster for Greenhill, if JoAnn isn’t caring for someone or something it must be because she is asleep!
“I love doing what I can do to help get these animals ready for permanent, loving homes. These animals come to our home not quite ready for adoption, and we give them time to grow, help socialize them, play with them, teach them to trust humans, give meds if needed, and most importantly show them love,” she said.
Primarily a kitten foster, JoAnn has even opened her doors to a foster guinea pig! Of her own four pets (all adopted from Greenhill), Jordon, her 14-year-old cat, is a happy reminder of the very first litter of kittens JoAnn fostered back in 2000.
JoAnn said, in addition to a love for kittens, she got started fostering because she wanted to volunteer her time for a cause she believed in and because she really supports Greenhill’s mission.
“Fostering has been an immensely rewarding experience for my family. We look forward to happy endings when the animals are adopted. There have been sad moments too for some of the sicker animals but even in those sad situations it is comforting to know that in that animal’s life they were shown love and compassion and had moments of joy with us. We love fostering and always look forward to the next foster experience. Our house seems too calm and quiet without foster kittens here!”
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