Foster Care

Current Foster Parents: find your foster resources here!

Have you ever thought about fostering?

Thank you for your interest in the Foster Care Program! Together our foster parents make an enormous contribution to Greenhill and the animals of our community by caring for over 700 animals per year when they need us the most. Without these dedicated volunteers, Greenhill could not provide loving homes to nearly as many deserving animals as we do each year.

We are always looking for foster parents who can open their hearts and their homes to many types of animals such as kittens and puppies, adult animals recovering from surgery or illness, and animals who just need a break from the stress of the shelter environment. Foster stays can vary from 2 weeks to several months, depending on the animal’s needs and the foster parent’s availability.

If you  have questions or would like more information about this rewarding opportunity, please contact Kristi Chizacky, Foster Care Manager, at 541-689-1503 ext. 114 or e-mail Or click on the Foster Care Application link below to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Download and watch this video to learn more about what it’s like to be a foster parent!
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Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent:

1. Please review the foster program requirements (please see below).
2. Please complete the online Foster Care Application by clicking here. 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 your interests and 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 19 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.

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The Pawsitive Press 5.2018– Greenhill’s Volunteer and Foster Newsletter

Monthly Foster Spotlight

May 2018

Meet our Foster of the Month, Dixie McCarthy! Dixie has been a kitten foster parent since 2014, and in that time she has fostered about 61 kittens, most of them bottle babies! “I love furry animals, especially babies. I am a retired widow, so I have lots of time on my hands for extra fun activities. I have found this and volunteering in the cattery (at Greenhill) very rewarding.” says Dixie.

“My favorite thing about fostering is the cuddling and watching these precious babies grow and mature and the amazement of them learning to purr, walk, run, climb, wrestle, and arch their backs with tails up straight to appear brave and big when startled all within a few weeks and of course using the litter pans. It is so heartwarming when they look up at you and make eye contact while listening to you and purring and so very rewarding to watch them suckling on the bottle and happily caressing their bottle on your hand.”

When Dixie is not volunteering or caring for her foster kittens she enjoys all sorts of crafts and spending time with her three little dogs! Their names are, Cassie, Tillie and Katy Sue!

“When I tell friends and family about fostering they say, “Oh, I could never do that. I would get too attached and want to keep them all.” You do get very attached, but just stick with it and its gets much easier to give them back with blessings and they get a new forever home and there are always more waiting for a good loving start in their lives.” says Dixie.

“It is all very rewarding and worthwhile and you get to meet many more tiny ones and Greenhill always needs more volunteers so consider fostering!”