Why should you foster a pet? Foster “Parents” provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes around the Hampton Roads area. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.

The mission of the Heritage Humane Society Foster Network is to dramatically improve the health, disposition or outlook by enhancing or establishing the human/animal bond of companion animals residing in our shelter and prepare them for adoption. Please call us at 757-221-0150 or email us at care@heritagehumanesociety.org.  By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter.

Special needs animals often find themselves at Heritage Humane Society. Owners either cannot afford the medical needs or the medical needs are the result of ongoing abuse and lack of care. Many shelters would euthanize special needs animals however at Heritage Humane Society our well trained foster families and volunteers accept our special pets and the challenge happily. Please consider becoming a special needs foster parent. The rewards are endless! Click here to fill out the Foster Volunteer Form.

Preparing foster animals for adoption can be difficult work. It is emotional and taxing but rewarding beyond measure. Some of the cases you might be asked to take include:

Pets with Health Issues

These animals are far more likely to heal fully and over a shorter time period if they are placed in a calm, restful home environment with individualized care.


Pets in Need of Socialization or Behavior Modification

Many animals do not take well to shelter life. In addition, many of our animals come to us after suffering abuse or long periods of time without food or shelter. Placing them in a calm, yet consistently controlled environment helps them readjust to becoming a companion.


Pregnant or Nursing Cats and Dogs

It is virtually impossible to provide these mothers and their vulnerable litters the specialized care required within the facility.


Orphaned Litters of Kittens and Puppies

Kittens and puppies under eight weeks of age cannot live in the shelter. They are too young for adoption and do not have the immune system to fight off diseases.

Bottle Feeding Kittens**WARNING: CUTENESS OVERLOAD!**

Watch Heritage Humane Society Medical Lead and Foster Care Supervisor Catherine Watts bottle feed a foster kitten. Want to help bottle feed kittens? Email Care@HeritageHumaneSociety.org for more information.

Posted by Heritage Humane Society on Thursday, October 13, 2016