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They’re not asking for forever... just right now! 

Hawaii Island Humane Society is an open admission shelter, which means we never turn away an animal. We regularly rescue nursing moms with babies, kittens and puppies without mothers, injured, elderly and sick animals. These animals may need medical care or simply a lot of love until they are ready for adoption. If you love animals, being a foster parent is an incredible rewarding experience. 

The goal of Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Foster Program is to alleviate capacity pressure at the shelter level while also providing a safe, enriching, and temporary environment for Hawaii Island Humane Society animals where they can develop, recover, and thrive while awaiting adoption or transport.  You'll help open up kennels at our shelters, allowing us to save even more lives, while also help an animal in need learn what it's like to be part of a loving family Research has shown that fostering, including short-term fostering such as field trips and sleepovers, reduces stress and increases adoptability. Our foster caregivers are an integral part of our lifesaving and life changing programs and initiatives at Hawaii Island Humane Society.  Mahalo for your dedication to our animals!

Our Foster Program includes:

  • Field Trips - take an adoptable dog out for your lunch break! Got more time? They'd love to join you on an aventure for the day.
  • Sleepovers - bring an adoptable dog home for a few nights to cuddle, chill, and decompress. Pajamas and movie nights are totally optional (but highly recommended)
  • Holiday/Emergency Fostering
  • Traditional fostering (fostering until the animal in your care gets adopted)
  • ... and so much more!

To join our Foster Team:

1. Complete our online Foster application here. 

2. Complete and return our Foster Care Agreement (send via email to Lauren@hihs.org)

Click here to view all of our animals in need of foster! See someone you want to foster? Email Lauren@hihs.org.

Foster Resources:

Dog Foster Manual

Adult Dog Foster Opportunities

Kitten Fostering

Have questions about fostering? Contact Lauren Nickerson, Community Programs Director, at Lauren@hihs.org or call 808-334-3361. 

*Note: We provide supplies for fosters whenever possible. We rely soley on donations for foster supplies. To donate supplies to our Foster Program, please visit our Amazon Wishlist. And don't forget to choose Hawaii Island Humane Society as your selected charity when you shop on Amazon Smile!

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