Foster Care

Top Reasons to Become a Foster Parent

  • It's fun and rewarding to give a temporary home to animals in need!
  • You may want to help KHS, but can't make it into the shelter consistently.
  • You can help an animal recover from illness or injury in a quiet home environment.
  • You can help an animal get adapted to a home life, build self esteem, and increase the chance of successful adoption.
  • It gives you a pet fix without long term commitment.
  • You get to evaluate the animal's health and behavior, so the potential adopter has more information about the pet, thus making a better match.
  • It's rewarding to see animals' love and trust again, due to your nurturing and training.
  • The animal gets a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of the shelter.
  • Fostering provides much needed socialization for young animals.
  • You can observe the difference a non-shelter environment makes.
  • Foster One, Save One: When animals are placed in foster care, more shelter space opens up for us to rescue more animals.

How To Become A Foster Parent

KHS is expanding our foster care program and is in need of foster volunteers! By taking a foster animal into your home on a temporary basis, the animal is given the opportunity to adjust to a home environment, given additional time to find a permanent home, and more room is available at the shelter for another in need. Foster parents must be 18 years of age or older, or 16/17 years of age with written approval from a parent or legal guardian.

Becoming a foster parent is easy! The length of fostering can vary from a few days to a few months depending on the amount of care and behavior modification needed. The devotion and care during this time allows the animal a second chance for adoption to a loving home.

Animals in need of foster care are: mothers with puppies or kittens, orphaned puppies or kittens, medically recovering animals, animals in need of behavioral work, or animals who are stressed out in a kennel.

If youare interested in becoming part of the Kitsap Humane Society Foster Care Program, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Fill out an application to become part of the Foster Care Program and bring it to KHS.
*Foster Care Application*

Parent Permission Letter (for 16 & 17 year olds)

Step 2: Foster candidates will be contacted by E-MAIL to set up a time to come into the shelter for an interview with the Foster Care Coordinator. Please note that it may take up to two weeks to receive this e-mail, and be sure to check your spam folder. Please review the manual and handbooks (below) as we will be going over policies and procedures.

We strongly recommend attending a volunteer orientation or any of the foster program trainings or meet-ups in order to gain more information and meet other volunteers.

Step 3: Begin getting e-mails about animals in need of a foster home. Start fostering!

If you have any questions, please e-mail the Foster Care Coordinator, at or contact by phone at (360) 692-6977, ext. 1207.

Foster Care Program Manua

KHS Kitten and Bottle Baby Handbook

KHS Puppy Handbook



Helpful Links:

Becoming a Foster Parent: Are You Ready?

KHS Cleaning and Disinfection Tips

KHS Daily Record Chart

KHS Foster Animal Bio Form

ASPCA Bleach Dilution Quick Reference

Fecal Scoring Chart

Bottle Baby Feeding (with pictures)