Why Foster?

If you’re looking for a way to help animals, but do not want to adopt, fostering is an experience like no other.  Foster care is needed for animals that are healthy, sick, injured, or too young for adoption.  It can be as simple or involved as you like. All you need is a little patience, a little space, and a lot of love.  By becoming a foster parent, you can enjoy the companionship of an animal without a lifelong commitment. Sign up today!

​We do not operate a shelter and, therefore, rely on our foster homes for the success of our adoption program. Being able to place rescue animals in foster homes allows us to help more animals.  Opening your home to a foster animal increases that animal's chance of successful adoption.

You will contribute to saving the life of an animal that otherwise may not have had a chance to survive. Sometimes these animals are abandoned, surrendered by owners for personal or financial reasons, or are too young, need time to recover from illness or injury, or need patience and a relaxed environment to be re-socialized before being placed in a forever home. Being in a loving environment gives our foster animals a better chance of being placed more quickly.

As a foster parent, you have the opportunity to see what kind of lifestyle the animal will thrive in, their likes and dislikes, whether they have any training or behavioral issues, fears, or special needs to be addressed. This insight is invaluable to us as we work to find their best forever home. 

You can choose to foster healthy animals, long-term cases, or work with those who have medical, behavioral, or socialization needs.

Fostering is a worthwhile, yet serious, commitment. It requires an investment of time, money and work. As a foster provider, you assume the financial responsibility of providing shelter, food, litter, toys and other supplies, along with basic necessities while the foster is under your care. The foster animal remains the property of the Rescue and we handle any medical expenses that the animal may require, like spay/neuter or vaccinations. 

The ideal foster care provider will have basic knowledge of animal care, a safe place to contain the foster animal away from resident pets, and a desire to assist Hart 2 Heart in finding the foster animal a permanent adoptive home.  We provide guidance and support throughout the foster process and remain available to answer any questions or concerns.  We encourage you to join our closed Facebook group specifically focused on foster pet parents. It is a great place to meet other fosters and share experiences. Fostering is a temporary commitment, but a lifesaving one. 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster!  Browse some of our animals currently in need of a foster home.  Fill out a Foster Application here. We always need foster families on hand because you never know when an animal may come to the Rescue and need your  help!