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 7.2018– Greenhill’s Volunteer and Foster Newsletter

Monthly Foster Spotlight

July 2018

Meet our Foster of the Month, Christie Prottsman! Christie and her family have been an awesome foster family for a year this month! Christie and her family decided to start fostering because volunteering at the shelter conflicted with their schedule and thought fostering at home would be a better fit for them. She says, “I love getting little kittens and teaching them to love and trust.  I love that moment when they come out and start digging in to their wet food.  I just love seeing them blossom and become happy mini cats!”

We asked Christie to tell us about one of her most memorable foster cases and she said, “I had an amazing time fostering Loki, a tiny kitten who’s test for FeLV was inconclusive.  He started out very quiet and timid, but by the end of his stay with us, he was far more active and loving. That’s when I realized the importance of being a good foster.”

Christie is a writer and works from home. She says, “Sometimes it’s tough when the kittens want to be snuggled up on my lap when I have a paper due, but it’s worth it!”

“It can be really hard giving back kittens once they’re old enough to be adopted, but it’s important to realize that keeping the kittens only helps that set.  When you give kittens back, they’ll soon be adopted and there will be dozens more that need you each year.  If what you really want is to make an impact, fostering is an immediate way to do exactly that!”