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Greenhill Humane Society
88530 Green Hill Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402

(541) 689-1503

Friday - Tuesday
11am - 6pm
Closed Wed. & Thurs.

1st Avenue Shelter
3970 W. 1st Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402

(541) 844-1777

Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm
Sat 10am - 5:30pm
Closed Sun. & Mon.

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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).
2. Please complete the online Foster Care Application. Click here to fill out the application. (If you would like to volunteer (not foster), please complete the  online Volunteer Application on the Volunteering page).
3.  Upon receipt of your Foster Care Application, we will contact you to further discuss the foster care program with you.
4. Attend a foster care interview and training session (to be scheduled with foster care staff). 

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.

 Read the Pawsitive Press

Greenhill's Volunteer and Foster Newsletter

Monthly Foster Spotlight
Christina Bennett

After Christina Bennett and her husband lost their own Greenhill and 1st Avenue graduate to lymphoma, travelling was one of the ways they found to fill the void. As intriguing as far off places can be, they were still missing 4-legged companionship so becoming foster parents proved a way to both fill and address a need in between their trips.

One of Christina’s most memorable foster experiences – thus far – was a dog who was scared of everything. It didn’t matter if it was another animal, person or any kind of noise, she was terrified and wouldn’t even come when you called her.

“After we had her about a week, she came up to our bed in the morning, put her paws up next to my face and gave me a kiss,” Christina said. “I knew then that she would be okay and whoever got her would be loved.”

Early retirees, Christina and her husband enjoy gardening, food preservation, traveling, golf and going to the gym. They also volunteer for the Senior Meals on Wheels program and Christina serves on the board of Womenspace. But Christina admits the thrill of “seeing the dogs get adopted to their forever homes is the BEST!”

“You’ll get dogs who are depressed or anxious at the shelter and who will respond to your love, attention and training. They will then be super adoptable and go on to happy lives. Yes, they will take a little piece of your heart with them but you will keep a piece of each of them in your heart too!”




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