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.

  • Behavior
    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? Keep reading 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 Requirements

  • All pets in the household need to be spayed/neutered and current on core vaccines (DHLP or DHLPP and rabies for dogs; FVRCP or FVRCPC and rabies for cats.  We check with your veterinarian before approving your foster application to make sure this requirement can be met.
  • Foster families agree that the BCHS has the right to inspect the foster home at any time.
  • Foster cats and kittens need to be isolated (in an extra bedroom, bathroom, etc.) from other household pets.
  • Foster families must agree to medically treat their foster animal(s) should they need medication or become ill.  This is typically liquid antibiotics for cats and kittens, pills for dogs, eye drops or salve, once or twice per day.
  • We ask foster families to provide food and litter for their foster animals.  At times, we may be able to provide these supplies depending upon availability.
  • Foster families must agree to schedule two or three-week foster checks, free of charge, at our veterinary clinic so we can monitor the progress of the animals in your care.
  • Foster families must agree to return their foster animal(s) to the shelter when they are ready for adoption.
  • Foster families must agree to follow all foster recommendations and abide by the terms of the Foster Agreement.

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 be fostered.

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.

Foster FAQ

Please contact us by email at  foster@beavercountyhumanesociety.org when you see any animals you would like to foster.

The BCHS Foster Portal is a web application that was created by students at Carnegie Mellon University Information System Program. The goal of the Foster Portal is to allow our foster parents to view online all the animals currently needing foster care. The foster parents can then request to foster specific animal(s) by contacting us. We hope to actively involve the foster parents in the fostering process and reduce the length of time an animal stays in the shelter.

The Foster Portal is only available to foster parents who have been approved for foster. First time users, even people who have already fostered for us before, need to sign up for the Foster Portal online. The link to the Foster Portal page can be found on the Beaver County Humane Society website under “Get Involved” then click on “Foster Services”.

The “Sign up” button will take applicants through the steps to complete an online foster application (our existing foster parents will need to go through the online application process to be able to sign up for an account). The applicants will be able to log back into the account to view all the animals needing foster care after they have been approved.

After your application has been approved, you will be able to log in to view all the foster animals. Once you are on the Foster Animal page, there are features/functions you can use to look for foster animals:

  • A list of animals with picture, animal ID number, shelter intake date, and reasons for needing foster care (indicated next to Cond 1 and Cond 2).
  • Real time update so you will be able to see the animals as soon as they enter the shelter and become available for fostering.
  • Search for animal base on type, age, gender, and conditions (reasons for needing foster care).
  • Click on animal ID number to see a more detailed animal profile including date, breed, gender, and condition.
  • Kittens and puppies belonging to a group of litter have a designated “litter number” next to their animal ID number. Animals in the same litter will have the same litter number. Their animal profile pages also list all the animals in the same litter. All animals in the same litter need to go to the same foster home.
  • Update your contact information and application including preferences.