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 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.

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The Pawsitive Press 8.2018– Greenhill’s Volunteer and Foster Newsletter

Monthly Foster Spotlight

October 2018

Meet our Foster of the Month, Ann Porterfield! Ann has been a volunteer at Greenhill on and off for about 15 years now, but just recently became a foster mom in spring of this year! Ann has adopted two dogs, a cat, and two rabbits from Greenhill over the last 25 years! Ann says, “I decided to foster because I’m retired now and have the time, and because I really miss having a rabbit, but I’m still grieving the loss of Dickens, a Greenhill bunny I had for more than 12 years. Fostering is perfect until I’m ready to make the long term commitment again.”

One of Ann’s favorite things about fostering is introducing people to how wonderful rabbits are. Ann recently fostered a mom and her 5 kits! “The babies were unbelievably adorable and sweet and loved to be held and cuddled. They are also a riot when they run around and play together. We called it “bunny therapy” when people would come over to hang out in the big pen with them. If you’re having a bad day, come sit with the bunnies! They’ll have you smiling in no time!”

When Ann isn’t volunteering or fostering she is out camping and hiking with her dogs. “I love being retired!”

“I encourage anyone who loves animals to consider fostering. It is so gratifying to help them along the path to a forever home. They always bring so much joy, and give back more than you could ask for.”