Are you interested in fostering canines or felines?

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 have to first complete our online foster onboarding!

Are you interested in fostering canines?

Whether you have previous dog experience or not, signing up to foster couldn’t be easier!


Please complete the following steps:

Step #1: Register as a new volunteer using the link below.

Step #2: Complete our 45 minute online foster onboarding.  You will receive the link upon completion of step #1

Step #3: Sign up to pick up a canine/s.  After you complete onboarding, you will be added to our active foster list where the foster team will reach out when we have foster needs (this might happen right away!)


Click Here to Register as a Foster Volunteer


The following steps are optional, but highly encouraged:


Optional: After completing your onboarding, a volunteer mentor will reach out within 48 hours to schedule a 30-minute Pup Talk. This is NOT an interview, but just an extra step to prepare you for fostering for HSSV!


Optional: Sign up for an in-person Yappy Hour.  A sign up link will be emailed at the completion of onboarding.  Come onsite and meet staff and mentors.  Meet foster candidates and take a dog or puppies home same day!  Learn about different groups of canines that we send out to foster through demos and hands-on training




Are you interested in fostering felines?

Thank you for your interest! Due to an incredible response in 2023, we are not currently in need of additional foster volunteers who are new to caring for felines.  Please feel free to check back in April 2024 when we anticipate reopening our feline foster onboardings again.  You may also add your name to our interest below to be notified when we begin recruiting again.


Add your name to our animal care roles interest list

Canine Foster FAQs

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!