Foster Parent Program

The Yakima Humane Society provides care for thousands of animals each year, some of which require time in foster care before they are ready to be adopted. Fostering a homeless pet is both a rewarding and enriching experience; it is also great for families or individuals who love animals but cannot commit to having a full-time companion animal.


Animals that can be fostered include:
               •   Pregnant and/or nursing
               •   Underage / Unweaned (bottle fed babies)
               •   Sick and Injured
               •   Underweight
               •   Un-socialized / Feral

Benefits of fostering:
               •   Help end animal cruelty and find homes for animals
               •   Work in a partnership with other pet enthusiasts
               •   Yearly appreciation events
               •   Increasing knowledge of animal behaviors

Responsibilities as a foster:
               •   Provide basic needs and appropriate care for animals
               •   Assist with the mental and physical growth of an animal
               •   Teach an animal basic commands and how to be a loving and well behaved pet
               •   Follow the guidelines of the YHS Foster Program

Requirements to foster:
               •   Be at least 18 years old
               •   Own your home or have your landlords approval to foster
               •   Submit a Foster Application
               •   Schedule and attend a Foster Training

The care that dedicated Foster Care Families provide is invaluable, both to the animals fostered and the people that adopt them. You can foster as much or as little as you like, and we need foster homes for a wide variety of animals - kittens, puppies, cats, dogs and an occasional small & furry animal!

All you need is a spare room, some spare time, and a love for animals. We provide all the supplies and any necessary medications.