Ready to roll your sleeves up and provide lifesaving care? Then you came to the right place! Volunteer through the Shannon Wass & Dan Kelmenson Foster Care Program at HSSV and give special attention to animals who need it the most.

Foster Cats/Kittens –

It’s the time we have all been waiting for, kitten season! The registration for Spring 2022 feline foster onboarding sessions are now open. Can’t foster but want to help kittens? Donate from our wish list and stay up to date on latest news, stories, and events at HSSV by signing up for our monthly email newsletter.


Fostering is probably for you if you can answer yes to these questions!

  1. Are you 18 years or older?
  2. Do you have extra space in your home and extra time in your schedule?
  3. Can you transport your foster cat or kitten to HSSV in Milpitas for routine veterinary care?

What Do I Need To Do To Be A Foster Parent?

A flexible schedule is key! That’s because you’ll be:

  • Transporting your foster animal to veterinary care and vaccination appointments at our Milpitas Medical Center.
  • Picking up supplies, dropping kittens off at one of our locations for adoption, and meeting with potential adult adopters.
  • Taking care of your foster animal until he or she is adopted, or when adoption space becomes available – we can’t always predict how long it will take (several weeks for kittens to a month or more for adult cats).

If you foster kittens, you’ll need an area where you can keep them isolated from your own companion animals for a 2-week period minimum.

If you foster adult cats, you’ll need a room where your foster cat can start living in and safely retreat to as he/she begins to explore your home and can eventually be introduced to other pets you might have.

Why Do These Cats/Kittens Need Foster Care?

  • Some kittens are too young and/or underweight to be placed up for adoption.
  • A momma cat and her nursing kittens need a home environment where they can feel safe and receive proper socialization.
  • Cats or kittens who need time to recuperate from an illness or injury.
  • Cats and kittens may need socialization or behavior modification.
  • Adult cats are often overshadowed by the huge numbers of cute kittens that appear spring through fall, making our beautiful adult cats sit at HSSV for a long time, waiting for someone to simply notice them.

What Are The Benefits Of Being An HSSV Feline Foster Volunteer?

  • Opportunities to learn about animal’s behavior and care, discounts on Adoption fees, Medical services, Training classes and supplies at our Whole Pets Store, plus direct access to other ways to get involved with HSSV.

Feline Foster Onboarding Sessions

Feline Foster Onboarding 10/01/22

Saturday October 1, 2022 | 11:30am

Want more information on caring for kittens?

Watch this video on how to care for a bottle baby kitten!

More ways to help

Help supply foster parents with everything they need to raise baby kittens. Give to the kitten baby shower!

Join the kitten baby shower

Become a Monthly Donor for our Lifesaving Foster Program!

Do you want to be like stellar Brenda Stelle? Brenda does it all –she gives to HSSV monthly as a Faithful Friend, and spends her free time fostering very young kittens!  Faithful Friend supporters ensure that we can say “yes!” to every animal that comes to us in need of care by providing a monthly, dependable stream of funding that is there for the animals, no matter what!

Foster Dogs/Puppies

We are currently looking for new canine foster families! We especially need foster families willing to help some of our harder to place foster animals:

  • Pregnant and/or nursing moms and puppies 
  • Dogs with medical needs (recovering from surgery, needing surgery, skin or allergy issues) 
  • Larger adults (40+ pounds)
  • Large dogs needing a lot of stimulation, both physical and mental (Husky and German Shepherd lovers, we’re looking at you!)
  • Large or medium size dogs who might need some extra training around how to interact with other dogs or strangers

Fostering is a key part of an animal’s path to adoption!  Through fostering you are giving temporary shelter, care and love to the animals that need it most.  More HSSV foster families will increase the numbers of animals we can help.

Please note: we can’t guarantee foster parents a specific size or breed of dog or that any foster dog will be hypoallergenic. All dogs on the Available Animals page have already been in foster care and are no longer eligible to be fostered.

If this sounds right for you and your home, please select one of the orientation sessions below to register.

You can also stay up to date on latest news, stories, and events at HSSV by signing up for our monthly email newsletter!

Check out the FAQs for more details.

Canine Foster Orientation Sessions

Canine Foster Onboarding 10/5/22 (Virtual)

Wednesday October 5, 2022 | 5:30pm

Canine Foster Onboarding 10/15/22 (Virtual)

Saturday October 15, 2022 | 10:00am

Canine Foster Onboarding 10/22/22 (In-Person)

Saturday October 22, 2022 | 10:00am

Canine Foster Onboarding 11/5/22 (Virtual)

Saturday November 5, 2022 | 10:00am

Canine Foster Onboarding 11/19/22 (In-Person)

Saturday November 19, 2022 | 10:00am

Sign up so we can let you know when we are recruiting for new volunteer roles!

Canine Foster FAQs