ABOUT FOSTERING

We're always in need of foster families for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Take a look at some fostering FAQs below!

What is fostering?


When you foster a shelter pet, you open your heart and home to an animal in need until he/she is able to find their forever home. Even if you don't have the ability to commit to a lifetime with a pet, you can temporarily house one and help them find their permanent family!




What kind of animals are eligible for fostering?


We typically seek fosters for senior and/or medically needy pets, as well as mothers with nursing babies or orphaned kittens and puppies. However, sleepovers or short-term fostering is a great option to give pets a break from the shelter for a few days!




How long will I have my foster?


It all depends on the animal(s) and their situation. Fostering could last from a few days to a few months depending on the care required. We will always be straightforward with fosters about what our expectations for length of stay are, and you will not be obligated to take home an animal that might need care for longer than you are able to give.




Am I responsible for finding a home for my foster?


Fosters are not expected to find permanent homes for the pets in their care. However, it is very common (and encouraged) for fosters to share their pets on social media, we've seen so many adoptions happen this way! If you wish, your contact information may be included in your foster pet's online listing so potential adopters can reach out directly to ask any questions they may have. Dog fosters are also encouraged to attend offsite adoption events to get their pets more exposure.




What does it cost to foster?


SSHS will cover all costs for the pets in your care. We are prepared to provide food, bowls, leashes, litter, crates and anything else that you might need to make a pet comfortable in your home. We will also take care of all vaccinations and heartworm/flea preventative for your foster. Depending on the situation, you may be asked to bring your foster in to the shelter for check-ins or vaccines.




What kind of space will I need to have to foster?


Every situation is different. Many people keep foster pets in their own space/room, at least until the animal gets used to their new surroundings. Others give foster pets free reign of their home. Figure out what works best for you!




Can I be a foster even though I have other pets?


Absolutely! Make sure to let our foster coordinator know about your resident pets so we make sure any fosters you take in will be a good fit.




What are the benefits of fostering and why do we need fosters?


There are many great reasons to foster an SSHS pet, but here are just a few! - Have an animal companion without the lifetime commitment. - Help an animal recover from an illinois/injury, with medical care covered by SSHS. - Give extra TLC to puppies and kittens too young to be adopted. - Goster homes help animals transition from the stress of living at the shelter. - Many pets struggle with the stress of a shelter environment and need the added comfort of a foster home.





1103 West End Ave.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

708-755-7387

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