Are you interested in fostering dogs or cats?

If you are ready to roll your sleeves up and provide lifesaving care to an animal, fostering may be for you! Fostering is a key part of an animal’s path to adoption!  Volunteer through the Shannon Wass & Dan Kelmenson Foster Care Program at HSSV to give temporary shelter, care and love to the animals that need it the most.

We are always looking for new foster parents.  Signing up is easy and just a click away.  Whether you’re interested in cats, dogs or both, you will chose one of two routes.  If you have little to no experience caring for dogs or cats, you will register for an in-person onboarding at our location in Milpitas.  If you have experience, you will be fast-tracked through some online assignments.

Scroll down to choose your route.  Thank you for your interest!

 

Are you new to caring for dogs?

Thank you for your interest! If you are new to caring for dogs, we recommend that you sign up for an in-person onboarding. In person onboardings are currently CLOSED for 2023, so please check back in early 2024 to sign up for an onboarding in the new year! You may also add your name to our interest here to be notified when we are recruiting again.

Do you have experience caring for dogs?

Getting started fostering with HSSV couldn’t be easier. If you’ve owned, fostered, or volunteered with dogs in the past, simply follow the link below to register and complete an online onboarding.

Please note: our highest need right now is for foster parents who can foster a minimum of two underage puppies (under 8 weeks old). 

 

Canine Foster FAQs

Are you new to caring for Felines?

Thank you for your interest! Due to an incredible response this summer, we are not currently in need of additional foster volunteers who are new to caring for felines.  Please feel free to check back in March 2024 when we anticipate starting up our in-person feline foster onboardings again.  You may also add your name to our interest here to be notified when we being recruiting again.

Do you have experience caring for felines already?

Thank you for your interest! We are not currently in need of additional feline foster volunteers with prior experience.  Please feel free to check back in March 2024 when we anticipate starting our program again.  You may also add your name to our interest here to be notified when we being recruiting again.

Foster Parent Essentials

  • 18 years or older
  • Love animals and willing to donate time and loving care
  • Able to travel to HSSV in Milpitas for animal pick-up, supplies and vet appointments.
  • Family pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations and spayed or neutered.

The Role of a Foster Parent

  • Pick up your foster animal at our Detkin-Oates Center in Milpitas
  • Play, and socialize, and feed your foster animals
  • Provide daily care and a clean space for your foster animal
  • Transport your foster animal to our Lyn Lasar Medical Clinic for veterinary care and vaccination appointments
  • Return your foster animal to HSSV for adoption

All foster families are provided with training, mentorship, ongoing support, and supplies!