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.

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!

Foster Dogs/Puppies

We are currently welcoming new canine foster families that can help care for all types of dogs and puppies! We especially need foster families willing to help:
  • Medium or large size dogs (30-40+ pounds) that need a break from the shelter environment
  • Dogs with medical needs – recovering from surgery or needing treatment that is better done in a home environment.
  • Pregnant or nursing moms and puppies

Please note that we can’t guarantee foster parents a specific breed of dog or that any foster dog will be hypoallergenic.

Dogs on the “Available Animals page” are not necessarily available for foster.

Sign up to become a foster today!

Canine Foster FAQs

Foster Cats/Kittens

As kitten season is coming to a close, the registration for Spring 2022 feline foster onboarding sessions is now closed. 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.
Check out the Feline Foster FAQs for more details

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