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 foster@green-hill.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.

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

January 2022

Kristy and Josh T

Meet our January Fosters of the Month, Kristy and Josh TKristy and Josh just started fostering in October 2021 and have already taken three foster cases for us. They started fostering because the COVID-19 pandemic was really wearing on their family and they asked their kids to think of something that would lift their spirits until the world stabilized a bit. In their words, “We decided that making the world a better place by volunteering with the benefit of loving on animals would help lift our own spirits…also, who can resist kittens?” 

 

Kristy and Josh have taken a variety of cases already: a weaned kitten, a pair of baby bunnies, and a mom and newborn kittens. Kitten cuddles, snuggles, and mama cat love are their favorite parts of fostering, but their most memorable experience came when they built a multilevel structure for their foster bunnies and the bunnies then learned they could use it to get attention. Kristy and Josh said, “What we developed, without realizing it, was an elevated ‘petting station’ in which the bunnies quickly figured out that if they stood at the top near the play area wall, we would come over and pet them. Soon they would climb up every time we entered the room in order to receive their pets.” 

 

When not getting kitten or bunny snuggles, Kristy and Josh and their kids love to watch movies, play card or dice games, put together jigsaw puzzles and teach their dog Lucy to do tricks. They said fostering has brought happiness into their home during a very challenging time, and helping animals find their forever homes is more fulfilling than they could have imagined. To anyone considering becoming a foster parent, they said, “We are so thankful we embarked on this journey. If you can find a place in your home to lend to an animal in need, and a little extra time, please consider volunteering as a foster family. The time you put towards the animals in need is rewarded with their love, and the happiness you feel when they find their forever home.”