Foster a Pet

Thank you for your interest in fostering for the Humane Society of Western Montana! This is a great opportunity to help stressed, sick, young or injured animals get back on their feet again, and to help families who have an unforeseen emergency and need a short-term home for their pet/s. Fill out the HOPE Foster Application below to get started!

What is H.O.P.E Fostering Program?

H.O.P.E. at the Humane Society of Western Montana stands for Helping Our Pets Excel. Our H.O.P.E. Foster Families do just that. Volunteers care for pets brought to the Humane Society in need of a little extra care, time and attention.

The Humane Society’s foster families provide loving in-home care to kittens and puppies not quite old enough to be adopted, cats and dogs recovering from minor medical issues and pets feeling the stress of being housed at the shelter. The Humane Society provides the necessary supplies including food, litter, toys, bedding, etc.

We also offer 'emergency fostering' for families who have an unexpected event, like a house fire or a short-term hospital stay.

Click here to read descriptions of our foster opportunities.

Why Foster a Pet?

Fostering pets for the Humane Society allows us to find homes for all adoptable animals and pets temporarily displaced by:

Being Able To Take In More Pets: Allowing us to increase our capacity.

Caring For Infant Animals: Providing the care and time that infant animals need before they can be adopted. The immune systems of under-aged puppies and kittens aren’t mature enough for them to be housed with adult animals and they need humane interaction and socialization.

Helping Recovering Pets: Providing comprehensive medical care and attention for recovering pets. The staff at the Humane Society works diligently to provide quality care for all the animals at our facility, but some pets needs extra attention.

HELPING TEMPORARILY DISPLACED PET/s:  Providing a temporary home for pet/s displaced when a family has an unforeseen emergency, like a house fire or a short-term hospital stay.

A Stress-free Environment: Providing stressed pets the love and attention they need. Some pets develop stress-induced behaviors that make it difficult for them to be housed in kennels and cages and for adopters to see their true personalities. By fostering these pets we learn more about their behaviors in a home setting, making them more adoptable pets.

Apply to foster a pet by clicking HERE!