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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
After Foster of the Month Debbie Stewart’s children grew up and left home, fostering kitties became an outlet for her mothering instincts. Since providing momma cats and their litters a safe place to live also helps the cats (and Greenhill) out tremendously, it is definitely a win-win situation for everybody.
“To me it makes sense for healthy animals to be taken care of in homes in order to free up shelter space,” she said. “Plus, the kittens are handled and played with by the different members of one’s family and get to run around the floor, climb and jump and play with their littermates. They get to sleep all over in the soft cozy spaces in their room in a regular home, rather than in a metal cage at a shelter. They just get to be kittens! They are very well socialized at the end of the foster time and are ready to be adopted.”
Debbie’s most unique fostering experience so far was a litter she cared for last summer. Found in an ivy patch, one of the kitten’s hind legs had been injured. Despite the loss of half the leg, the kitten’s unfazed personality made quite the impact on Debbie. So much so that she decided that kitten was one she could not part with.
“It was not scary to take care of him. In fact, he was such a darling and such a sweetheart that I ended up adopting him myself,” she said. “At the same time as his neutering operation, the Greenhill vet performed a surgery on his leg to make sure he was 100 percent comfortable. He is thriving, cheerful, funny, a big cuddler and easily keeps up physically with my other cats.”
When Debbie isn’t fostering she enjoys being involved with her three grown children and her one grandchild. She also is part of a book club and watches college sports. She works full time as a CPA in Coburg and has a small hobby farm with horses and chickens and cats.
“I wanted to be a vet when I was a girl…loved math and science. I ended up going the math route but maybe fostering is a way to put my finger back into the animal care pie a little bit,” she said.
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