Foster Services


Approximately 4,000 homeless animals enter the Beaver County Humane Society each year.  Sometimes, especially in the warmer months, there may be an overabundance of kittens and puppies.  Many may be too young or may not be quite ready for adoption and require the love and care of a foster family to prepare them for their forever home.

Foster families are a vital network that enable us to expand our ability to care for animals far beyond the walls of our shelter.   By fostering a homeless animal, you can experience the joys of being a pet parent without the lifetime of responsibility.

The Beaver County Humane Society seeks foster families for a broad range of needs:


Moms and Babies or Bottle Baby Care or Orphaned Babies

Babies require extra TLC!  Mom and babies need a quiet place to rest until the babies are old enough to be spayed or neutered whereas kittens and puppies who lack a mother or are too young for adoption need to be placed in homes with volunteers who have had prior experience caring for orphaned babies.

A Much-Needed Break from the Kennel

Animals of any age who have been living at the BCHS for an extended period of time can be sent into foster care to escape the stress of a kennel environment.

Medical Care

Animals with specific medical needs are placed in foster homes.  The BCHS medical staff coordinates all required vaccinations, medications, and medical care while these animals are in foster care.


Animals who require special training or socialization before they are ready for adoption are sent into qualified foster homes to receive appropriate training and care before being adopted. 

Kennel Space

The BHCS can help more animals when foster homes enable us to temporarily open our kennels.

Hospice Care

Occasionally we receive animals who require loving care for the remainder of their lives.

Think you are fit to foster? Click here to see if you have what it takes!

A safe and nurturing environment for your foster animal
Socialization for shy animals
A chance for sick animals to recover

Foster Portal

Are you interested in becoming a Foster Volunteer? Click here to sign up and fill out an application. After being approved, you will be able to view all the animals available to

For more information on participating as a Foster Volunteer, contact the shelter or register to attend a training session. 

If there are no animals in the shelter who meet your foster preferences, we will keep your application on file and call you when an animal needs fostering.