Have you longed to raise puppies or kittens but couldn’t bring yourself to do so because of all the healthy dogs and cats dying in shelters each year? What if you could help reduce the killing and enjoy raising a litter at the same time?

The Yavapai Humane Society cannot care for all the underage puppies and kittens we rescue. We need people willing to raise these animals until they are 8 to 10 weeks old. At that time, they can be returned to YHS to be spayed or neutered and placed for adoption. Our ability to take in homeless animals depends on reliable foster volunteers able to foster these babies. The more foster volunteers we have, the more lives we can save.

Our foster volunteers are a rugged group of caring people who do everything from bottle-feeding orphaned babies around the clock, to socializing little ones to ensure they are able to interact with both humans and animals. Our foster volunteers provide care, safety and love.

YHS provides the training you need as well as start-up supplies. Thanks to a grant from the ASPCA, you will receive all the equipment and training that you need–including tips and tricks to help YOU find the perfect adopter for your foster pet (yes, you can help find a home without even having to bring your foster baby back to the shelter!). Help from our staff is only a phone call away and YHS will give you an after-hours phone number in case questions or problems arise.

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Foster volunteers provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats. Some animals may only need fostering for several days or weeks, while others may need several months of care. By offering your home to an animal in need, you are saving a life.

Foster parenting is more flexible than other volunteer jobs that require people to show up for a specific shift for a committed length of time. Fostering is fun and rewarding once you’ve learned how to care for your temporary companion animals.

YHS’ Foster Program is designed to help any animal in need of foster care, including:

• Orphaned kittens and puppies.

• Under-aged, self-feeding kittens and puppies (4-8 weeks old).

• Mother cat or dog with nursing kittens or puppies.

• Animals recovering from injury or illness (may need medication).

• Shy or fearful animals who need socialization.

• Healthy older adult animals who need a break from the shelter environment.

These animals deserve a chance at finding a loving, permanent home. A foster parent is one of the most important jobs at YHS. Foster parents allow animals to receive the care and attention they deserve as they wait for adoption. As a foster parent you’ll not only save the lives of animals in your care, but you’ll give other animals who may not need the same level of attention space in our Adoption Center. If those aren’t enough reasons to become a foster parent, consider these:

• Foster animals are temporary companions offering their love freely.

• You’ll help socialize a shelter animal so they become more adoptable and better companions.

• You can put that spare bedroom to good use.

• You’ll delight at the smiles on the faces of the family that adopts your foster animal and possibly make new friends along the way.

• Fostering helps you explore many different breeds of dogs and cats to help you decide which traits you’d like in your next companion animal.

• If for any reason you can’t keep a full-time companion animal, fostering for short periods is an ideal solution.

• You’ll know you’re making a huge difference in the lives of your fosters.

If you have the time and can allocate some space in your home for needy animals, call 445-2666 ext. 112 or email foster@d2f.e36.myftpupload.com. Fostering is a labor of love that will create memories you will cherish long after your foster animals have been placed into permanent loving homes.