You are invited to our Big Dog, More to Love workshop on March 4th at our campus in Milpitas.


Do you have questions about what it takes to become a foster parent? Are you interested in learning techniques for handling and caring for big dogs? Come join in our workshop on-site in Milpitas and participate in learning activities to help you gain skills, meet like minded dog-lovers, and have a little fun. If you are curious about what fostering a big dog is like, this is the place for you!


Please click HERE to RSVP to the workshop.

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 large dogs! Please click HERE to RSVP to our Big Dogs, More to Love workshop on March 4th at our campus in Milpitas to learn more about this exciting new role!

We also need canine foster families willing to help (sign up below to join our interest list):

  • Medium 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 on our interest list to foster smaller dogs and puppies!

Join the interest list below to be notified when recruitment opens for fostering smaller dogs and puppies!

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

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