Foster Care Volunteers

Foster volunteers provide temporary care for one or more shelter pets in their own homes until the pets are ready for adoption. Often, these pets are too young to be placed in the shelter or have special needs that require a nurturing home environment. Foster parents provide a clean, safe, loving environment for these pets and help them prepare to find new homes. After spending time in foster care, these pets are healthier and happier, which means they are well-prepared to be adopted by a loving family.

Foster Animals

Animals who are not ready for adoption for any reason are candidates for foster care. As a foster parent, you may give a mother cat and her kittens a place to live until the kittens are old enough for the entire family to return to the shelter for adoption. You could help rehabilitate a dog with a broken leg that is healing or you might foster an animal that needs behavior modification, socialization or one that is not thriving in the shelter.

Time Commitment

Foster animals may stay anywhere from two weeks to three months or more. Animals are matched with foster parents based on the individual needs of the pet and the experience, preference and availability of foster parents. KHS fosters animals year-round, but the greatest need is during “kitten season.”

Getting Started

You must be at least 18 years of age to be a foster parent. The first step in becoming a foster parent is to fill out the Foster Application below which will be emailed directly to the Volunteer Coordinator for review.  Once your application has been approved, you will be contacted when we have an animal/s that need fostering.

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**By submitting the Foster Application form above, I acknowledge that all information on this form is true and correct. I understand that although KHS takes reasonable care to screen animals for foster care placement, they make no guarantee relating to the animal’s health, behavior or actions. I understand that I receive foster care animals at my own risk and can reject or return any animals for which KHS has asked me to provide care. I indemnify and hold KHS free and harmless from all liability arising out of any and all claims, demands, losses, damages, action, judgement of every kind and description which may occur to or be suffered by me, members of my household, or any third parties by reason of activities arising out of this agreement.



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12 - 6 pm Mon - Sat

12 - 4 pm Sun


Physical Address

11650 N. Ramsey Road

Hayden, ID 83835


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PO Box 1005

Hayden, ID 83835


208.772.4019 - Phone

208.762.8645 - Fax


Babette - 2-yr-old, female, DSH
Cocoa - 6-yr-old, female, Shepherd mix

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