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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Monthly Foster Spotlight
Meet our Foster of the Month Dave Klymman! Dave has been a foster since the beginning of 2019. When the small Animal Room found out that three of the female rabbits were pregnant and expecting to deliver soon and didn’t have enough people to foster, Dave stepped in and took two mamma rabbits and their 13 babies. Besides fostering for Greenhill Dave is also fostering 9 rabbits from a local rabbit rescue. So, right now he has 21 rabbits he is caring for.
Dave said, “I have to say that some of the enjoyment that I get is watching these little rabbits grow. Starting off at about 2” when born to seeing them open their eyes for the first. Watching them get away from mom and walking around exploring. As they get older seeing how happy they are when they are running around doing binkies.”
Before becoming a foster Dave had been volunteering at Greenhill for the past year in almost all areas. You can see Dave there almost every day. When he’s not at Greenhill he usually spends time with his four ferrets and dog Kuma. Since Dave has started fostering he has been spending a lot of time with the bunnies!
Dave added, “If anyone is considering fostering I say go for it. It’s not just the small animal room, it’s the cattery and dogs that need to be cared for until they find their furever home.”