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 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. Complete the foster care program online foster care training and paperwork. A background check will be completed for all new foster parents.
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, Leah P! Leah has been a foster mom for about a year now, and she has fostered lots of baby kittens and even some mamma cats since then! “I decided to get back into it again after I had two sets of kittens show up in my backyard in the same month!” She said.
We asked Leah what her most memorable foster experience has been so far and she said, “I’ve only had a handful of turns fostering, but my very first one was a momma and litter of seven! That may seem like a small group to some, but it was a lot of cats in my house at the same time, especially once the kittens got more active and curious.” Leah’s favorite part about fostering is watching the kittens see and do things for the first time. Especially if they’re still with their mother, she gets to see them go from mostly nursing and sleeping to mostly playing and learning to be with people!
Leah works full time as a scientist and in her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, gardening, and getting outside as much as she can! She also likes to try new sports!
“Fostering cats, dogs, and other small animals is a fun and rewarding way to help the animals that need people and people that need animals in our community. If you need some love in your life but can’t commit to a long term pet, fostering is the best of both worlds!” said Leah.