Foster Care

Current Foster Parents: find your foster resource library 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 600 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, puppies and rabbits, nursing Moms with babies, as well as adult animals recovering from surgery or illness. 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!

Click here to view frequently asked questions about fostering.

Download and watch this video to learn more about what it’s like to be a foster parent! Download the video from this link: Fostering Video

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. Complete the foster care program online foster care training and paperwork. A background check will be completed for all new foster parents.

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 submitting a foster care application. We will contact your landlord to discuss any fostering restrictions.
  • 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 submitting a foster care application. We also recommend you speak with your veterinarian to make sure fostering is a good fit for you and your pets.

Monthly Foster Spotlight

February 2020

Meet our Foster of the Month, Lauren H! Lauren began fostering rabbits with Greenhill in October 2019 after finding 8 bunnies underneath her house. She said, “I’ve always had a love for animals and volunteered at many humane societies in my home town of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. I knew this would be the best way to find my new furry friends the most loving forever homes”.

Lauren added, “I would have to say my most enjoyable experience from foster is learning more about small animals. Also knowing that I have a team that will help me with anything! Watching [the bunnies] grow and developing their personalities is by far my favorite part.”

When she’s not with her foster bunnies. Lauren works as a receptionist at a dental office in Cottage Grove. She also enjoys hiking and exploring this beautiful new state she calls home.

Lauren shared, “I didn’t have much experience with small animals and Greenhill has gone out of its way to help me in every step of the way. Fostering has brought me so much joy! In the beginning there was a huge lack of resources to help abandoned bunnies. I felt so lost and confused until I found Greenhill. It may be a big commitment but fostering has really showed me how forgiving and loving animals can be.”