The objective of the Foster Care Program

Is to provide every feasible opportunity for rescued animals in our custody to find a permanent home and to have the best quality of life possible.

The Grainger County Humane Society (GCHS) does not maintain a shelter; so, the Foster Care Program is designed to provide a temporary, clean, safe, and healthy environment for unwanted, abandoned, and abused animals, primarily dogs and cats, prior to adoption or transport to another rescue organization.

Foster homes are needed for adults, babies, moms with newborns, and orphaned newborns. Foster homes are also needed for animals that are ill and/or need medical care. Foster caregivers may choose to specialize in fostering a specific kind of animal, while others may choose to foster whatever animal is in need. All foster animals will need plenty of love and reassurance that humans are not to be feared.In the case of baby animals, foster homes provide surrogate parenting and round-the-clock care for tiny animals that are too young to survive on their own. By providing orphaned animals with plenty of nutrition, love, and stimulation during their first eight weeks of life, foster homes help ensure their health and survival as adults.

Other requirements will vary depending upon the specific needs of a given foster animal. Some animals, for example, will need fenced yards, or extra time commitments (as is the case with orphaned newborns), or animals rescued from puppy mills. Rescued dogs may only need help with basic training and sometimes need a refresher course in house-training. Depending on the circumstances, the time an animal needs to spend in foster care may range from one night to several months. So we make every effort to match foster animals with the appropriate foster home.

Foster caregivers play a crucial role in rehabilitating rescued animals. They are in a unique position to help abused or neglected animals learn how to love and trust again. They can help these animals become more “adoptable” by providing socialization and basic training. By teaching or re-teaching an animal how to live in a home setting, caregivers help increase the odds for a smooth and successful transition into a permanent home.

Simply put - Fosters save lives