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There Is No Place Like Home

Dorothy and Toto knew what it was like to be lost, homeless, uncertain and afraid of what the next minute might bring. Fortunately for them, they had caring friends and a little magic to see them through. Our foster volunteers provide a little magic of their own in the form of love, comfort and security to the animals placed in their care. We realize that there is a place for shelters, but there is no place like a home. Being in a foster home brings out the best in the pet and we learn so much about them. Are they good with children? How do they react to the other animals in the household? What special needs might they have?  

Are You Thinking About Fostering?

Individuals who love animals will love being a Foster Parent Volunteer at the Humane Society! Opening your heart and home to provide temporary care for a cat or kitten is a tremendously rewarding experience for both the foster parent and the foster animal. 

Foster Parent Volunteers are an integral part of the humane society’s mission of saving animal lives. Countless numbers of kittens and cats receive a temporary home and wonderful care from our dedicated team of foster parents until they are ready to be adopted into a permanent home.

Fostering is a great way to bring a furry companion into your life when you are not quite ready to make a lifetime commitment. Fostering also allows you to volunteer form the comfort from your own home.


The Humane Society provides the following benefits to Foster Parent Volunteers:

  • The basic supplies needed to care for kittens and cats.

  • Instructions to help you care for your foster pet.

  • Payment of all vet care expenses, regular screenings, and medical services.

  • Adoption placements for any pets you foster.

Foster Parent Volunteers provide the following:

  • Transportation to and from the center and to and from medical appointments.

  • A warm, clean, safe, and caring home environment.

FAQ about Fostering:

  • Why is a foster program important? Placing pets into a foster home removes them from a potentially bad situation, e.g., an unloving home, a crowded animal shelter, a home that can no longer care for them.  Pets that are fostered have a much better chance of being adopted.

  • Is it always kittens that need fostering?  Fosters are needed for adult cats as well as kittens.

  • Can I pick what animal I foster? Absolutely. We have guidelines that can help you decide what is best for you. 

  • How long will I need to foster an animal? Until the animal is adopted.  Sometimes adoption happens within a couple of weeks and sometimes it takes several months.

  • Are there any expenses I need to know about? No. Ashe Humane Society pays all authorized expenses.

  • What happens if I feel uncomfortable with my foster arrangement? It is very important to be committed to the foster arrangement prior to placing the animal in your home.  If things aren’t working out, we will attempt to find another foster, but it may take a while.

  • What if I get attached to my foster? Can I adopt them or can you help me learn to cope with saying goodbye? While we strongly discourage adopting your foster, it is permitted.  We try to focus on keeping foster homes free for the next pet in need.  Knowing that the pet is going to a good home and that you now have room to help another pet makes the transition a little easier.

Interested in becoming a Foster Parent Volunteer?

If you would like to learn more about fostering, send an e-mail to

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact us or complete the application through one of the two options below:​

After completing the application and submitting it to us you will need to complete an interview, then you will be provided with information on how to care for your foster pets so that you can start fostering.

Girl and Cat
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