Foster Care Program

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.

Find out What it's like to be a foster

Ready to Foster?

Review the foster program requirements. 

  • You must be at least 18 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.

Complete the online Foster Care Application by clicking hereIf you would like to volunteer (not foster), please complete the  online Volunteer Application on the Volunteering page.

Upon receipt of your Foster Care Application, we will contact you to further discuss your interests and the foster care program with you.

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

Foster Spotlight

October 2021

Rhonda C.

Meet our October Foster of the Month, Rhonda C! Rhonda has been fostering with Greenhill since July 2021. Rhonda began fostering to bring animals back into her life following the loss of her black lab, Lexi, after 13 years. In her words, “I had so much more love to give, so fostering gave me the chance to do that.”

Since she has past experience with dogs but no other pets currently in her home, Rhonda’s setup is perfect for adult dogs with behavioral challenges, and she has already fostered 4 dogs through us. A particularly memorable case for her was her second foster dog, Drew, an Australian Shepherd who stayed with her for almost a month before finding his forever home. She said, “He had a given talent of making me laugh by organizing his toys along the fireplace and then playing with them one at a time in the order that he had lined them up. He would also ‘pat’ me on the shoulder whenever he wanted my attention, which was often.”

Rhonda loves teaching scared and shy dogs how to trust and building their confidence so that they’re able to find their forever homes. She said, “If you have room in your heart and time to spend give fostering a try. Animals are therapeutic and they show love and happiness in so many different ways and all they asked for in return is a loving touch kind words and of course plenty of toys to play with.”

When Rhonda isn’t fostering, she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with her family.