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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
For Christi White, fostering is a family affair. Christi’s sons take their foster “helper” responsibilities very seriously and though they know the animals will only be at their home for a little while, there is still excitement for each new temporary addition.
“Our family started fostering at the beginning of 2014. We thought it would be a good way for our children to learn to care and nurture animals,” Christi said. “They know that it is short term but they are committed to caring for and socializing them.”
Opening their home to kittens of all ages – including the tiniest bottle babies – Christi and her sons know that one of their duties is simply spending time with their fosters.
“We recently fostered four kittens and my 4-year-old loved to play with them. Every time he wanted to play with them he would announce that he had to go socialize them.”
An active family, the Whites enjoy spending time outdoors and have two dogs, a beagle and a lab/hound mix who used to be one of their fosters. Christi admits that the whole giving the foster back part is one of the hardest parts of it all.
“People tell me all the time how they could never foster because they would not want to give them back. I always tell them that it can be hard but by fostering you are saving a life and helping it on its way to finding its forever home.”
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