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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  

The Kittens Are Coming!

Greenhill and 1st Avenue are looking for fosters to help us care for these fragile, young felines.

The average length of stay in foster care for kittens is 3 weeks, though this can vary and may be longer. Fosters provide our animals with enrichment, socialization, and daily care. We provide medical and behavioral support as well as guidance through every step of the process! Not interested in kittens? We are also in need of fosters for adult dogs and adult cats! These stays can be longer, but help us to provide more animals with specialized care. If you are interested in helping us care for the animals in our community through fostering, please contact our Foster Care Manager at (541)689-1503 Ext. 114 or Fill out a Volunteer/Foster application.

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.


Monthly Foster Spotlight
Lois Kent
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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